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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Robert Bathurs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date:
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Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him, including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal, and leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo, and the dark thing is here.

A monster once visited Three Pines, and put down deep roots, and now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit.”


  • “Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency…This time Penny manages to create a threat that could truly be worldwide and to place its future in the hands of our friends in Three Pines.”

    News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

  • “Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny’s stellar [The Nature of the Beast]…fans will delight in [her] continued complex fleshing out of characters they have come to love.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale. More than a simple mystery, Penny’s novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Magical…The perfect reminder of the dark side of human nature, but that side does not always win out. Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale.”


  • “Robert Bathurst had much to live up to when he was selected to succeed longtime narrator Ralph Cosham, who passed away last year…Be assured that her choice was right. Bathurst’s pleasant light baritone and sensitive pacing suit the thoughtful series…No matter that his English accent peeps out occasionally beneath a nice range of French and generalized North American voices. All is well for Penny’s myriad fans.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2015
  • An August 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015 for Mysteries & Thrillers
  • A 2015 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel
  • A 2016 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook and Best Novel

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by L. D. Simms | 2/1/2016

    " Another wonderful novel. Up to now, the audiobook versions of Penny's novels have been magical in their own way. You don't need to be a francophile to mourn the loss of longtime audiobook narrator Ralph Cosham and anyone succeeding Cosham would be hard pressed to live up to his portrayal of Armand Gamache. The French Canadian setting of the Three Pines series is a key element of the magic of Louise Penny's stories. Robert Bathhurst is a fine actor but his failure to lose his English accent or adopt more than a hint of a French or North American voice is jarring. I'm afraid the audiobook magic has been lost for me. "

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