The sixteenth brilliant Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the highly acclaimed, number one international bestseller Louise Penny
*** WINNER OF THE AGATHA AWARD FOR BEST MYSTERY NOVEL 2021***
'Makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes' THE TIMES
There is more to solving a crime than following the clues.
Welcome to Chief Inspector Gamache's world of facts and feelings.
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. But the evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on an elderly man's life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand on a desperate search for the truth that will take him from the top of the Tour Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives.
And as Armand begins to uncover the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - he holds dear.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide . . .
Ten million readers.
One inimitable Chief Inspector Gamache
'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post
It's hard to see how Louise Penny can raise the stakes any further for her iconic, fatherly good guy, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, but somehow in each book she does - News & Observer
Highly recommended for lovers of psychological, character-driven mysteries - Library Journal
Nimble sleight-of-hand plotting, strong characters, profound compassion and luminous prose are hallmarks of Penny's novels - Seattle Times
With an uncompromising eye, Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page - Publishers Weekly
She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes - The Times
A constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves - New York Times Book Review
Brain-teasing puzzles, life-and-death stakes and lots of Three Pines, a magical place where the warmth in the villagers' hearts thaws the ice on their eyelashes
Penny is an absolute joy - Irish Times
Louise Penny is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted the Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from Carleton University and the Ordre Nationale du Quebec in 2017. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.