Former chief inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career, and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that have been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Sûreté Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.
When suspicion turns to Gamache himself and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets is poised to be revealed....
Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the new spellbinding novel from number-one best seller Louise Penny.
©2016 Louise Penny (P)2016 Little Brown
I am a big fan of Louise Penny and have listened to all the previous books. For me this was not the best (I like them when set full time in 3 Pines), but the plot was interesting. I have to say I really struggled with the new narrator, especially when he kept referring to 'Claira' and not 'Clarra' which really grated on me!
The obvious answer is an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot novel where the detective investigates and then has the great reveal in front of an audience, but it was part of the Gamache 'political' trilogy so was clearly similar to these earlier books in the series.
If this had been my first experience of a 3 Pines story I would say that Robert Bathhurst did an ok job. But coming after Adam Sims he fell well short for me and I struggled to listen as a result. All the atmosphere brought by Adam Sims voice and style was lost, the Frenchness all gone. This was a disaster for me as the place and characters all changed, even the bistro lost it;s allure! I feel future books will need to be read by someone who has a French Canadian accent. I have heard a rumour that Adam Sims is deceased (but have not been able to confirm this), hence the requirement to replace him with Robert Bathhurst.
Compared to most books yes, but for a Louise Penny less so for me.
These books revolve around Canadian characters in a beautiful Quebec setting. Shame this new book narrated with an English, rather than North American accent. Doesn't capture some of the characters very well. Bring back Adam Simms!
S C Law
I'm an avid fan of Armonde Gaumache and eagerly awaited this book. This is a very intriguing story and I'm sorry I listened to it so quickly. The characters are full of depth, warmth; even if one doesn't always show it. It's a real community , that sticks together . I could never have guessed this storyline. Intriguing til the very end.
Without spoiling it; the church.
In the church
Over the years of listening to these books you really rely on the narrator for the extra touch. I am so used to the previous narrator that it took me a long time to stop picking faults with the narrator of this book, his accents and pronunciation . The previous narrator set the story and the characters for me. I still listen to them just for the naration as much as anything. As I don't have the books to know if Clara is spelt Claira? But I would repurchase a copy if done by previous narrator ....and I rarely relisten to any other authors. I do hope Gaumache continues for a while longer and has a narrator who does him justice.
Or "Lack of Gun Control on the Prairies."
How sorry to have to write this response.
Having being a fond, loyal follower of the Three Pines stories, I was despondent to listen to this, the latest in the series.
It was a muddled, far-fetched, too too light handed attempt at a plot which was easily discernible almost from the start. To almost completely abandon almost all the previously well fleshed out lesser characters only to replace them with cardboard cutouts was dismal to see.
A moral fable needs to be far more rigorous and far less sentimental to be convincing. Circuitous plot add ins abound with no cement to tie the roof trusses.
And the Actor reading this version..
Lamentably, of course, the original Actor has passed away. His replacement played fine as an old weak aristocrat in Downton Abbey but he didn't make any sense whatsoever in Montreal, as Gamache or any other character. What a disappointment in total.
Another expertly written adventure featuring Armand Gamache, his officers and the villagers of Three Pines. I particularly appreciated the narrator's skill. Beautifully read! I recommend this series over any other.
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