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How the Light Gets In

Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 9
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 9
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Summary

The number-one New York Times best seller.

A detective. As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.

A disappearance. When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate - a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.

A deadly conclusion. As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies, and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?

Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international best-selling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

©2013 Three Pines Creations Incorporated (P)2014 Isis Publishing Limited

Critic reviews

"Clever, full of twists and turns, a wonderfully satisfying -- and moving -- addition to Penny's atmospheric, distinctive series" (Kate Mosse)
"Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with" ( Metro)
"Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery" ( Daily Express)
"Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel" ( Booklist)
"With skilful plotting and gift for creating atmosphere, Penny weaves a dark and suspenseful tale of deadly secrets, professional machinations and surprising twists" ( Good Book Guide)
"Subtle, elegant and beautifully written" ( Sunday Mirror)

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Superb

When you think there is nothing more Louise Penny can add to this series, she writes a book like this. I spent most of it either gasping or in tears - and I’m an author! I thank whoever it was who recommended this series, read superbly by Adam Sims.

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Excellent story, gripping, human and involving.

This is the best by far of all the Gamache books, I couldn’t sleep for listening avidly- there was never a place where I could switch the audio off! Brilliant, real and moving characters. Loved it!

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Fantastically gripping and moving

I nearly didn’t make it through to the end it was so gripping! But we’ll worth bearing the tension. Louis Penny really is one of the greatest, this book is fantastic!

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my first Audible Louise Penny

I'm hooked on the series. Listening instead of reading was excellent, knowing the characters already.

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Twists within twists

Intrigue, mystery and suspense interweaving amazing description of flawed characters into superb storyline. How the author is able to have foreseen where these characters would be 7 books ahead and to bring them altogether is amazing.

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Back to good.

Enjoyed this one again, back to the enjoyable characters. Looking forward to the next one.

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Gripping

What did you like most about How the Light Gets In?

This is the most gripping of all the nine Gamache books. I could not bear to switch off and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Thrilling and heartbreaking

Loved it from the first word. Wonderfull story with suspence, tears, love and laughter.
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Loved this. A definite must read

I cared about the characters, loved the story - I just couldn't stop listening. I had to know what happened next. A fab book, read brilliantly. Hugely recommended

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"cosy crime" with a brain, and a heart

Where does How the Light Gets In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to a wide variety of audio books, and these are a very satisfying listen. Perfect for winter, as most are set in the cold Quebecois winter.

What other book might you compare How the Light Gets In to, and why?

This is number nine in a series, and if you like one, you'll like the others, but it does help to read them in order.

What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?

The performance is great. Voices clearly defined so you're never in doubt as to who's speaking. Accents not overdone.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The books have a gentle pace, and a strong sense of place. The star attraction is the village of Three Pines and its inhabitants. So nicely drawn that it really makes you wish it were real, and that you could visit.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. It's undemanding yet engaging, and not too simple. The complexity stems from the rounded characters and the exploration of their flaws as well as their virtues. But at its heart , there's a struggle between everyday good and evil, but all served with a side order of hot chocolate and marshmallows.