Three Pines is covered in the fall of autumn leaves, and the fall of a newly murdered man. He is a stranger and was killed in the local antiques store and bistro near the center of town. No villager admits to knowing the victim, but soon secrets are revealed, and chaos besets local beloved bistro owner Olivier.
What was Olivier in his past, why did he leave it behind, and why has he tucked himself away in the village of Three Pines? Soon a trail of clues begin to baffle and lead the Chief Inspector from the first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word WOE woven into it and then deep into the woods, further and further across the continent.
The search for truth will lead back to Three Pines, but with the villagers, audiences will have to brace themselves for the final, brutal ending.
Louise Penny was born in 1958 in Toronto. She is the author of many mystery novels set in Quebec, all which center on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Originally a radio broadcaster for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she later turned to a writing career, whereafter she was awarded with the Agatha for best mystery novel for four consecutive years and the Anthony Award. Her mother read to her much crime fiction such as Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Michael Innes. Though she earned her degree in radio journalism and had a successful career, she began to turn to alcohol to help her cope with loneliness in her different posts. She has been sober since turning thirty five, and met her husband shortly after, leading to the beginning her career as a writer.
As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?
A trail of astounding clues and treasures - from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word WOE woven in it - lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final, brutal telling. Download and start listening now!