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Summary

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. His boundless sense of adventure and vivid imagination mean he has a tendency to concoct stories so extraordinary and so far-fetched that no one can possibly believe him.

But when Laurent disappears, former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

So begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. And what Gamache uncovers deep in the forest leads back to crimes of the past, betrayal and murder, with more sinister consequences than anyone could have possibly imagined....

From number-one best seller Louise Penny comes an ingenious, powerful and thrilling title that will hold you in its grip until the final word.

©2015 Three Pines Creations, Inc (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Clever, full of twists and turns, a wonderfully satisfying - and moving - addition to Penny's atmospheric, distinctive series." (Kate Mosse on How the Light Gets In)
"Subtle, elegant and beautifully written." ( Sunday Mirror on How the Light Get In)
"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)

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Brilliant

I have loved every single book in this series. All different and yet all with the power to make me think beyond the story. I thoroughly recommend these books.

The narration is worthy of the author - an exceptional combination.

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my favourite author.

loved it as much as the others. can't wait for the next one! I don't often read a book twice, but have done so with all of these.

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  • AJ
  • 13-01-18

she sat down and wept

If you know this series, be prepared to be embraced and horrified and moved yet again. If you do not know this series, do not start here. Begin with book one: 'Still Life'. The novels are extraordinary, but the audible versions are better thanks to the gifted narrator.

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Another belter from Mrs Penny!

Another belter from Louise Penny. Over a long series quality can often dip. Not in her case. Book one was very good but, if anything, the Gamache series has done nothing but improve.

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What a narrator!!

This book is an excellent addition to this series. I thought the narrator made it even more excellent, with distinct voices for every character and beautiful pacing.

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I miss Three Pines already!

I love this series. This one was just as good as all the others. Another year until the next one!

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Good story

loved it, got bit confused with so many characters and suspects, but that's just me nothing to blame the author for. I just love these books please keep them coming. And think the narrator is superb I can listen to him for hours

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Sadly, disappointed!

I’ve loved this series but this seemed nothing like the previous books. It felt like “Murder she Wrote “ (don’t judge me, remember when there were only 5 tv channels?!). This tiny village which “isn’t even on a map”, seems to be the epicentre of crime, and this was trivial and bumbling, sad to say. The last 3 hours were not worth the plod of the previous 9. I’ve already purchased the rest of the series so I hope it gets back on form.

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Brilliant!

I literally gallop through each and every minute of these inspector Gamache mysteries. The narration is absolutely sublime. The stories and characters are addictive and I am racing through the whole series.
They are now my favourite books ever.

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Bravo! She's back on form!!

A pure delight - Louise penny at her best!
Wonderful story, info & form!
C'est Magnifique!!!

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  • Alex
  • 13-11-15

Ruined by narrator!!!!!

What would have made The Nature of the Beast better?

The late Ralph Corsham WAS Armand Garmache and his readings of the books was masterful. It was such a change from the usual crime novel genre. This narrator is absurd! He cannot pronounce the French names - this is set in QUEBEC! But worse, he makes the story sound like any old crime fiction, reading passages breathlessly to induce tension and suspense - laughable. The magic is gone - I couldn't bear to listen to the end! I cant believe Audible (Louise Penny ???) chose such a dissimilar narrator!

The most shocking thing is that Ralph's readings have now all been displaced by this narrator's! Poor people who havent downloaded the previous versions. But I guess, the difference was too glaring - making the replacement of all readings of Louise Penny's Inspector Gramache books with narrator necessary.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Sims’s performances?

absolutely not

Any additional comments?

Very sad!!!!