Glass Houses

Glass Houses

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432841874
Branch Call Number: PEN
Characteristics: 657 pages ; 23 cm.


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Dec 09, 2017

I liked the book and I've read all of the series. I read these because they are pure escape for me. However, this time I thought the book would never come to an end. For fun I checked a couple of her books 312 and 320 pages - this book clocks in at 400. Reading the book I wondered if she was now copying Scandinavian mysteries because the ones I've read are quite wordy. This book could have done with a little more editing. I also wasn't wild about the drug story in general. Yes, drugs are everywhere but when I read the Gamache series I just want to enjoy the company of everyone at the Bistro with a little murder thrown in.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 08, 2017

Another terrific Gamache novel. I enjoyed the split time line which wove in and out of the testimony Gamache gives in the summer about events the previous November. Without giving too much away, I have to say I don't always love the way Penny describes people on drugs, as though all drugs have the same effect and all addicts turn into monsters. Or the idea that a war on drugs can ever truly be "won." Other than these minor points this is another great story that uses repeated imagery and language to pull together the threads that are more like fuses, drawn into one explosive climax. If you already like this series this installment will not disappoint.

Nov 30, 2017

Louise Penny just keeps getting better and better. Her writing has become much tighter and certainly more suspenseful. Like previous comments, I usually shy away from books using flashbacks, but, for the most part, Penny does this well. The dialogue still needs a little cleaning up and Ruth, well, you can't help but love her.

Nov 27, 2017

Louise Penney just does not disappoint! Can't wait for the next one to come

Nov 03, 2017

Fabulous edition to the series. Penny just gets better and better.

Oct 27, 2017

One of my least favorite writing styles involves flashbacks or alternative chapters with different points of view. In this novel, these techniques meld into the story line. Often I felt a little left out of the details about what had happened. However, these are slowly revealed, but always, it seemed, amidst a cover of obscurity, something Penny is good at. Readers may guess who is to blame, after all the list of characters is few, but only Penny could supply their motives. The plot revolves around drugs - suppliers, sellers, victims - and the on going efforts of the police to stop this growing illicit trade. As the novel comes to the end, the tension and action increase. It is then that the book becomes a page turner. Best not to leave too much down time between readings as some of the important details will escape from memory.

What I find annoying about Penny's novels are her frequent use of words that don't form sentences and short words given a paragraph format - a seemingly popular writing style adopted by several American authors of thriller novels. Any paragraph with Ruth's name in it I just skim over quickly as it is "fill material".

Oct 25, 2017

A tiny bit repetitive and could do without the oui, non, merci and désolé peppered about, but perhaps they added color. It helps to start a list of characters for referencing. All in all, a great read by a fine mystery writer, written at a very difficult time for her personally. Worth your reading time!

Oct 24, 2017

In this tightly plotted mystery, the 13th Gamache novel, Louise Penny, has created a story within a story, and it’s not until the violent end that the reader learns why the murder trial testimony is played out the way it is. Sure, there are hints through the book, but Penny crafts such a well-planned book, that few readers will understand the situation before Penny explains it.

Oct 18, 2017

A great addition to this terrific mystery series.

Oct 13, 2017

I love this series and this is one of the best. Louise Penny never disappoints.

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