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Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Robert Bathurst Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781427287403
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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 novel, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robert Bathurst beautifully expresses the mood and tenor of all of Penny’s characters and themes. Listeners have a treat in store through a discussion between Penny and Bathurst at the end of the last disc—don’t miss it!”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Robert Bathurst emphasizes the humanity and compassion of Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache…with Bathurst prying open the hero’s heart and soul and laying it bare for listeners to experience at a visceral level…The focus of this story is Gamache’s moral struggle, and Bathurst nails it. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Reader Robert Bathurst…puts us right inside Gamache’s head, always a joy.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch (audio review)

  • “Outstanding…Full of elegant prose, intricate plots, and―most of all―Penny’s moving, emotionally complex hero and his circle of friends and colleagues.”

    Seattle Times

  • 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.’”

    Washington Post

  • “The award-winning Penny does not rest on her laurels with this challenging and timely book. Though touched by the evils of the outside world, Three Pines remains a singular place away from time.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Gamache…[in] one of the most entrancing fictional worlds in popular literature…a lead character whom we all—young or old, male or female—long to be like when we grow up.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The familiar, sometimes eccentric, denizens of Three Pines and Gamache’s loyal investigative team help propel the plot to an exciting, high-stakes climax.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An August 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • USA Today bestseller
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narrator
  • A Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2017
  • A Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year selection
  • A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year
  • A Best Books of the Year for 2017
  • A Library Journal Best Books of the Year selection for 2017
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year pick
  • A Washington Post Best Books of the Year
  • A Christian Science Monitor Best Books of the Year
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Mystery Narration

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About the Author

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and multiple Agatha Awards and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada “for her contribution to Canadian culture.”

About the Narrator

Robert Bathurst, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Male Narrator in 2020. He is an English actor who played David Marsden in five seasons of the series Cold Feet and the title role in My Dad’s the Prime Minister. In addition to his other television credits—which include The Stepfather, White Teeth, The Safe House, Goodbye, Mr. Steadman, and Hornblower—he has also appeared many times on stage in such productions as The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, and Alarms and Excursions.