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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,306 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:
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Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.

It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village of Three Pines. Buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life.

When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil—until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?

Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town, where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is Penny’s fastidious, cultured, and smart Inspector Gamache who makes The Cruelest Month impossible to put down.”


  • “Expertly plotted…Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants, and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a 21st-century version of Hercule Poirot."

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Penny is an award-winning writer whose cozies go beyond traditional boundaries, providing entertaining characters, a picturesque locale, and thought-provoking plots. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator Ralph Cosham evokes the idyllic Quebec village of Three Pines with skillful handling of the often funny, often conflicted people who live there. He also captures the political intrigue within the Quebec police department…Cosham renders [Chief Inspector Armand Gamache] so believable that he’ll stay with you long after you stop listening.”


  • “Readers familiar with the preceding two novels in the series—Still Life (2006) and A Fatal Grace (2007)—will be champing at the bit to get their hands on this one, and those who haven't yet met Armand Gamache will wonder what took them so long.”


  • “Cosham makes each one of the players instantly recognizable. He brings Gamache vividly to life, crafting him with attentive detail. The way he pronounces words, pauses, and rolls ideas around on his tongue makes him and the audiobook quite memorable.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Penny produces what many have tried but few have mastered: a psychologically acute cozy. If you don’t give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Antoinette | 2/19/2014

    " Love this series that takes place in Three Pines. Love her inspector Gamache as well. Cozy mysteries that keep you interested and wanting more. Will definitely read more of these books. Keep them coming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Onoda | 2/13/2014

    " I'd read about this series of mysteries, so I thought I'd give it a try with thie one. Can't say I was impressed. Everything was solid, but I found it slow going. The book didn't really pass my 50-page rule (which holds that if I'm not pretty hooked or engaged by the first 50 pages, I shouldn't waste my time finishing it) as it was almost all about the goings on of the villagers of Three Pines. Perhaps if I was already fond of these characters, I would have been engaged, but that wasn't the case, for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suziqoregon | 2/3/2014

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yeva | 1/12/2014

    " Amazing. The Cruelest Month was everything a good mystery should be. I found myself holding my breath when things looked their worst. Way to go, Ms. Penny. "

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