Glass Houses

Glass Houses

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An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick!

"Penny's absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace." -- PEOPLE

"Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries." -- The New York Times Book Review

"You won't want Louise Penny's latest to end....Any plot summary of Penny's novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series.... It takes nerve and skill -- as well as heart -- to write mysteries like this. 'Glass Houses,' along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of what's going on in the world outside the novel is 'just noise.'" --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses , her latest utterly gripping book , number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

ISBN: 9781250181589
Branch Call Number: PBK MYS Penn


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Jan 23, 2021

This is an absolutely amazing book. I usually have a great deal of trouble finding new books or authors because I am a voracious reader. This book, of course, has the core story of someone being killed and determining the culprit. But even more than that, the writing is wonderful. The author takes us through extremely good character development for the main characters. In addition, the ethics and morality involved in the actions of the characters are fleshed out in great detail. I hope to find similar topics in other readings.

Sep 26, 2020


sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


The residents of Three Pines have had their share of grief in the past and have recovered. But how will they ever recover after the events that take place in this novel?

It all starts with a mysterious figure, hooded and clothed in black, who takes up a position in the village center of Three Pines. The figure neither gestures nor moves yet conveys a sense of evil that is almost palpable.

Armand is asked to intervene, but what can he do when no crime is being committed? And then someone is murdered – and the flood-gates open!

The novel covers a six-month span between the events of the murder and the trial of the accused. During this time, Armand Gamache struggles with his conscience as he knows that he was the catalyst for many of the events that unfolded during this time.

Penny has woven an intricate plot that supersedes anything that she has written before. Her characters are as real to us as if they lived right next door and we readers are sitting next to them in that courtroom as the trial unfolds.

An amazing mystery from this incredible writer!

Dec 27, 2019

I love Three Pines and all the characters that live there. Although a fictional village, Three Pines is a representation of community that is increasingly lacking in today's society. Louise Penny tackles the opioid probem, as well as deeper things such as conscience, and what a person might do for the greater good.

Nov 07, 2019

Love the story and mystery. I have read several over the last few months and have discovered a thread running through them--the importance of family and friends. After the first noveI, I was a little confused with all the characters--especially those in Three Pines, but by now I've grown to love all of them for the support and loyalty and even the "quirkiness".

Oct 29, 2019


Oct 23, 2019

My first Inspector Gamache story reminded me a great deal of the Georges Simenon’s Maigret series. Very much like Maigret, Gamache has a slow methodical and cerebral process to his investigation. His experience precedes him into this new (and quiet) residence which he and his wife are now living. And even though the local villagers are perplexed up to a breaking point, they don’t panic and act crazy during this “village harassment” situation until one resident is found dead and wearing the harassment-garment. The admirable residents start self-reflecting while others try to help the inspector out only to find out there is a more complex and globally sinister crime being undertaken.

May 22, 2019

My first Louise Penny read. Very enjoyable. Already on to more. I like the timeline flipping from the past to the present.

May 21, 2019

I had difficulty getting "into" the story. I lost interest and abandoned the book in the first quarter.

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Aug 25, 2019

Coarse Language: Most of the characters use a form of the "f" word.

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