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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464533
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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.

“Chaos is coming, old son.” With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As autumn descends, and families prepare to head back to the city while children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.

No one admits to knowing the murdered man, who has kept his identity and his existence well hidden, along with an astounding legacy of cultural treasures. As secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier, whose past is unknown. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?

As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of 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, and then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final, brutal telling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s always a log fire burning and it's always story time in the charming mysteries Louise Penny sets in sleepy Three Pines…While constant readers may think they know all there is to know about its eccentric villagers, Penny is a great one for springing surprises.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Seasoned narrator Cosham, the excellent reader of all titles (also available from Blackstone) in this sophisticated series, once again gives a mesmerizing performance that highlights Penny’s lyrical, seductive prose, complex characterizations, and layered mystery…As usual, snatches of humor lighten the atmosphere, especially in scenes featuring a curmudgeonly, eccentric poet and her duck. This captivating performance of an exceptional mystery is guaranteed to touch our intellect, heart, and soul.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Though Gamache is undeniably the focus, Penny continues to develop her growing cast of supporting characters, including newcomers Marc and Dominique Gilbert, who are converting an old house—the site of two murders—into a spa. Readers keen for another glimpse into the life of Three Pines will be well rewarded.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This delightful listening experience involves Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates the murder of an unidentified elderly man in the Quebec town of Three Pines. The story involves the shocking discovery of priceless European treasures that disappeared during WWII. This French-Canadian cozy is infused with humor. Ralph Cosham delivers a delightful accent for Gamache and invests all the characters with small-town likability. His droll presentation displays special empathy for the town eccentric, Anglophile Ruth Zardo, and her duck, Rosa. Dry wit and a love of language are evident in this well-crafted mystery. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Penny is a world-class storyteller. If you don’t want to move to Montreal with Gamache as your neighbor—or better yet, relocate to Three Pines and be welcomed into its community of eccentrics—you have sawdust in your veins, which must be very uncomfortable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2010 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2009 Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • A 2010 Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the October 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
  • A 2010 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2010 Dilys Award Finalist
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, February 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 5/18/2011

    " This could have been a good story but it was like wading through treacle! I wonder why i wasted so many hours of my life on it! Never again.... so many better-written books out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 5/17/2011

    " Of the series, this was the most complex layered book to date. The two simultaneous plots, along with the gradual teasing out of a recent tragedy made for a wonderful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 5/15/2011

    " Loved the way it linked three stories together. As ever a beautiful rendition of the inspector. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/3/2011

    " Louise Penny has done it again. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/3/2011

    " Probably would have been better if I'd read the preceding books first, but even on its own, it was a bit oddly constructed. Vague in some parts and obsessive in others and other oddnesses. Exceedingly Canadian, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/2/2011

    " I always enjoy her books! She tells a good tale and I like her descriptiveness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 5/1/2011

    " Boring, lots of explaining, no action. I loved the previous one I read but this one was awful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 4/28/2011

    " Even though I've enjoyed every book in this series, I found this one to be the best. The emotional ride was fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 4/19/2011

    " Recommended this for our book club and just finished it and loved it! Thanks to Sarah's recommendation! "

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About the Author
Author Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail 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. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.