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Catastrophic spring flooding blistering attacks in the media and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du uébec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise PennyIt's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department a job he temporarily shares with his previous second in command Jean Guy Beauvoir Floodwaters are rising acr In the midst of a threat from devastating Spring floods Vivienne Godin 25 and pregnant is missing her father is frantic and her drunken abusive husband Carl Tracey is suspected at having a hand in her disappearance As the father of a daughter the same age Gamache finds himself increasingly unable to stay objective as they search for the missing woman Mistakes are made A side plot included vicious social media attacks on Gamache for his past actionsAt the same time Clara is publicly criticized for her art but I found this side plot uninteresting And somehow I missed the significance of the floodingIt pains me to do this but it s time for me and Armand to part ways I ve loved this series from the start but it has lost it s charm There was a lot of repetitiveness unprofessional and unrealistic behavior and attitudes in Gamache and the other detectives and the case is not truly investigated until the last 25% The moral lessons are heavy handed and Gamache himself has become insufferable I won t list all the instances that caused my eyes to roll but there were manyThere are plenty of people who still find this series charming and wonderful but I ve not found it to be so for several recent books Sometimes readers outgrow a series and that s the case with me I m giving it 3 stars for the history I have with this series and my respect for the author I received a copy of the book from Edelweiss All opinions ae my own This was a buddy read with Marialyce and both of us were left disappointed For this review and others please visit

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A Better Man

Oss the province In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache pleading for help in finding his daughterAs crisis piles upon crisis Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned But with a daughter of his own he finds himself developing a profound and perhaps unwise empathy for her distraught fatherIncreasingly hounded by the uestion ho After getting my hands on the latest Louise Penny novel I could not wait to get started This explosive series set in rural uebec gives not only the feel of a wonderful mystery but also hones in on all things Canadian After serving his suspension Armand Gamache is back in his position as Chief Inspector within the S ret du u bec though there is a whispered power struggle within Homicide While many are worried about how it will resolve itself Gamache wants only to work and agrees to investigate a uery of a pregnant woman whose gone missing When Gamache arrives he meets the woman s husband a known abuser who explains that he has no idea where his wife might be but could not care less Gamache gets a bad feeling about it all but is eually distracted when uebec s spring thaw begins to cause issues His community of Three Pines is set to flood which could be devastating if the floodwaters don t drop soon With no signs of the pregnant Vivienne Godin Gamache tries to determine if there may have been foul play which is exacerbated when a body is discovered amongst some cracked ice close to a bridge The receding waters reveal much including a potential murder scene with the perfect suspect who denies having anything to do with his wife s death Trying to connect the dots Gamache turns to some of his fellow villagers who use social media to coax out a slew of information Will it be enough to convict a man who holds his wife in such low regard that she is only good as a punching bag Additionally the higher ups within the S ret are keeping a close eye on Gamache especially as old troubles have an uncanny way of resurfacing Could the Chief Inspector s return have been a set up to bury him once and for all A wonderful addition to this stellar series sure to keep fans wanting Recommended to those who have loved Armand Gamache from the early Three Pines days as well as readers who enjoy police procedurals with a Canadian flavour After a major binge of the series last summer I was forced to wait like the rest of the Penny fans for this newest piece in the Gamache series It was well worth the wait though I know Penny has had some personal issues which makes the publication of this piece even exciting Gamache remains on point working through the blips that had him sidelined and trying to keep from letting the politics of the job get to him Still eager to help both within the S ret and towards his friends in the Eastern Townships Gamache makes his mark in a variety of ways Keen to solve crimes he has little time for those who seek to circumvent justice or cut corners to get the answers they want Other characters continue to evolve in the series though the locals are background than at the forefront of the case There are a few new faces whose presence could become regular depending on how Penny chooses to advance the series I am eager to see how this will all play out in the coming years The story remains exciting and fresh though there are some significant mentions of past events which thicken the plot and the series development effectively Penny has a wonderful handle on the series even fifteen books in She represents Canada and the genre so well choosing interesting plot twists that keep the reader wondering Established chapters and current events weave together a story that many readers will surely devour as I did leaving them begging for The need for patience is high by the time the book ends but there is still so much to learn Alas it will likely be another year or soKudos Madam Penny for dazzling your fans with another strong novel Gamache is in good hands under your guidance Lovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge Promises in Tumble Creek years The story remains exciting and fresh though there are some significant mentions of past events which thicken the plot and the series development effectively Penny has a wonderful handle on the series even fifteen books in She represents Canada and the genre so well choosing interesting plot twists that keep the reader wondering Established chapters and current events weave together a story that many readers will surely devour as I did leaving them begging for The need for patience is high by the time the book ends but there is still so much to learn Alas it will likely be another Mischief and Marriage year or soKudos Madam Penny for dazzling Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, your fans with another strong novel Gamache is in good hands under Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, your guidance Lovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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W would you feel he resumes the searchAs the rivers rise and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler a body is discovered And in the tumult mistakes are madeIn the next novel in this constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves The New York Times Book Review Gamache must face a horrific possibility and a burning uestion What would you do if your child's killer walked fr In this 15th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series the detective is once again set to become Head of Homicide of the S ret du u bec The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the series is a plus Armand Gamache who resides in the Canadian village of Three Pines was Chief Superintendent of the S ret du u bec until he engineered a risky drug operation The plan succeeded but at a terrible cost As a result self serving politicians suspended Gamache for 9 months demoted him to Chief Inspector and offered him his old job as Head of HomicideIt was assumed that Gamache would resign rather than submit to this humiliation but no such luck for the vile politicos Gamache happily accepts the offer to be Head of Homicide and as the book opens it s his first day back at work As it happens Gamache s former mentee and current son in law Jean Guy Beauvoir is currently Head of Homicide but Jean Guy and his family are moving to Paris in two weeks Until then Beauvoir and Gamache will run the department togetherAs Gamache returns to work vicious Twitter trolls gleefully put him down call him filthy names and practically call for his assassination And Gamache isn t the only resident of Three Pines under attack Tweets about artist Clara Morrow who recently produced a set of unpopular miniatures are saying she s a no talent hack whose previous success was a fluke When Gamache arrives at the S ret for his first day of work he knows the homicide detectives have been reading the hate filled Tweets and joking and gossiping about him but he brushes it off And it s a good thing because a new case comes in almost immediately During the morning briefing Agent Lisette Cloutier s cell phone buzzes away with texts from her friend Homer Godin saying his pregnant married daughter Vivienne is missing Gamache and Cloutier hurry over to Vivienne s house to look around and interview her husband Carl Tracey It s immediately obvious that dirty disheveled foul mouthed Tracey is a nasty scumbag who abuses his wife and the detectives suspect he did SOMETHING to Vivienne though it s not clear whatWhile the detectives are searching for Vivienne an environmental crisis is developing Spring thaws and moving chunks of ice are filling the rivers to record high levels and massive floods will be the inevitable resultDrastic measures are needed and Gamache s suggestions are uickly lampooned by the politicians who want to take him down Regardless government agencies and private citizens take measures to deal with the water situation like dynamiting dams and arranging sandbagsThe investigation of Vivienne s disappearance turns up additional persons of interest and the case has overtones of adultery unreuited love and domestic violence Still Gamache and his colleagues are almost certain that Carl Tracey harmed his wife and a good part of the book follows their maneuvers as they try to prove it In the meantime Vivienne s father Homer Godin threatens to kill Tracey himself Gamache is anxious to keep this from happening so he invites Homer to Three Pines hoping his wife Reign Marie will look after the grieving father and keep him calm This doesn t uite work out and at one point Homer is arrested while Carl Tracey walks free which is the height of irony Meanwhile Clara Morrow sadly laments her current reputation as an artist who s lost her spark and wonders what to do next Some Three Pines residents try to cheer up andor help Clara including innkeepers Olivier and Gabri bookstore owner Myrna and irascible dirty mouth poet Ruth Their efforts have mixed results but do introduce us to a uirky African American art critic from Brooklyn called Domenica OddlyIt s always entertaining to visit the locals in Three Pines including Ruth s duck Rosa whose uack uack uack sounds a lot like fk fk fk Like mother like daughter LOLVivienne s case is resolved eventually but not before lives are endangered and surprises come to light For me this is only a moderately successful addition to the Armand Gamache series It s of a legal procedural than a typical mystery and the legal wrangling is drawn out than necessaryOn a personal note I m tired of the theme of corrupt S ret officials dirty politicians and now disgusting Twitter trolls out to get Gamache The war against Gamache has been going on for years and years in Penney s books and it s time to put it to rest in my opinionThat said many reviewers love this book and fans of the series would probably enjoy itYou can follow my reviews at A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House you feel he resumes the searchAs the rivers rise and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler a body is discovered And in the tumult mistakes are madeIn the next novel in this constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves The New York Times Book Review Gamache must face a horrific possibility and a burning uestion What would Matthews Choice you do if The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, your child's killer walked fr In this 15th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series the detective is once again set to become Head of Homicide of the S ret du u bec The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the series is a plus Armand Gamache who resides in the Canadian village of Three Pines was Chief Superintendent of the S ret du u bec until he engineered a risky drug operation The plan succeeded but at a terrible cost As a result self serving politicians suspended Gamache for 9 months demoted him to Chief Inspector and offered him his old job as Head of HomicideIt was assumed that Gamache would resign rather than submit to this humiliation but no such luck for the vile politicos Gamache happily accepts the offer to be Head of Homicide and as the book opens it s his first day back at work As it happens Gamache s former mentee and current son in law Jean Guy Beauvoir is currently Head of Homicide but Jean Guy and his family are moving to Paris in two weeks Until then Beauvoir and Gamache will run the department togetherAs Gamache returns to work vicious Twitter trolls gleefully put him down call him filthy names and practically call for his assassination And Gamache isn t the only resident of Three Pines under attack Tweets about artist Clara Morrow who recently produced a set of unpopular miniatures are saying she s a no talent hack whose previous success was a fluke When Gamache arrives at the S ret for his first day of work he knows the homicide detectives have been reading the hate filled Tweets and joking and gossiping about him but he brushes it off And it s a good thing because a new case comes in almost immediately During the morning briefing Agent Lisette Cloutier s cell phone buzzes away with texts from her friend Homer Godin saying his pregnant married daughter Vivienne is missing Gamache and Cloutier hurry over to Vivienne s house to look around and interview her husband Carl Tracey It s immediately obvious that dirty disheveled foul mouthed Tracey is a nasty scumbag who abuses his wife and the detectives suspect he did SOMETHING to Vivienne though it s not clear whatWhile the detectives are searching for Vivienne an environmental crisis is developing Spring thaws and moving chunks of ice are filling the rivers to record high levels and massive floods will be the inevitable resultDrastic measures are needed and Gamache s suggestions are uickly lampooned by the politicians who want to take him down Regardless government agencies and private citizens take measures to deal with the water situation like dynamiting dams and arranging sandbagsThe investigation of Vivienne s disappearance turns up additional persons of interest and the case has overtones of adultery unreuited love and domestic violence Still Gamache and his colleagues are almost certain that Carl Tracey harmed his wife and a good part of the book follows their maneuvers as they try to prove it In the meantime Vivienne s father Homer Godin threatens to kill Tracey himself Gamache is anxious to keep this from happening so he invites Homer to Three Pines hoping his wife Reign Marie will look after the grieving father and keep him calm This doesn t uite work out and at one point Homer is arrested while Carl Tracey walks free which is the height of irony Meanwhile Clara Morrow sadly laments her current reputation as an artist who s lost her spark and wonders what to do next Some Three Pines residents try to cheer up andor help Clara including innkeepers Olivier and Gabri bookstore owner Myrna and irascible dirty mouth poet Ruth Their efforts have mixed results but do introduce us to a uirky African American art critic from Brooklyn called Domenica OddlyIt s always entertaining to visit the locals in Three Pines including Ruth s duck Rosa whose uack uack uack sounds a lot like fk fk fk Like mother like daughter LOLVivienne s case is resolved eventually but not before lives are endangered and surprises come to light For me this is only a moderately successful addition to the Armand Gamache series It s of a legal procedural than a typical mystery and the legal wrangling is drawn out than necessaryOn a personal note I m tired of the theme of corrupt S ret officials dirty politicians and now disgusting Twitter trolls out to get Gamache The war against Gamache has been going on for Hers to Protect years and Her Small-Town Hero years in Penney s books and it s time to put it to rest in my opinionThat said many reviewers love this book and fans of the series would probably enjoy itYou can follow my reviews at


10 thoughts on “A Better Man

  1. says:

    Everytime I start reading a Louise Penny novel I am confronted with a dilemma Do I read it uickly because really I don't want to put it down or do I read it slowly because I don't want it to end How does she do it This is the 15th

  2. says:

    Louise Penny is a treasure when it comes to the world of crime fiction this is a stunning addition to this stellar series set in the village of Three Pines in uebec Canada featuring the incomparable and wise Chief Inspector Gamache having now been demoted by those spineless self serving and ambitious wanting to besmirch the reputation of a man they perceive as having too much power and a threat They never expected Gamach

  3. says:

    In the midst of a threat from devastating Spring floods Vivienne Godin 25 and pregnant is missing her father is frantic and her drunken abusive husband Carl Tracey is suspected at having a hand in her disappearance As the father of a daughter the same age Gamache finds himself increasingly unable to stay objective as they search for the mis

  4. says:

    I was SO disappointed by this book I have loved this series and have been looking forward to A Better Man for m

  5. says:

    After getting my hands on the latest Louise Penny novel I could not wait to get started This explosive series set in rural uebec giv

  6. says:

    After finishing #15 in the Inspector Gamache series I am sadly saying goodbye I’m tired of Armand Gamache gett

  7. says:

    Just returned from my annual visit to Montreal and Three Pines Sadly it only took a day but I met all my old friends again and caught up on all

  8. says:

    Our date came a bit early this year Armand which makes it bitter sweet Sweet because I got to catch up with you and our friends in Three Pines a little earlier in the summer than usual Bitter because our time together is already over until next yearI found this year’s dose of Louise Penny got off to a slow start Armand Gamache is

  9. says:

    In this 15th book in the 'Chief Inspector Armand Gamache' series the detective is once again set to become Head of Homicide of the Sûreté du uébec The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the series is a plus Armand Gamache who resides in the Canadian village of Three Pines was Chief Superintendent o

  10. says:

    25 starsI have always been a Louise Penny enthusiastic reader and always awaited her new books with lots of anticipation and happiness So I am totally bummed that I didn't like this book as much as I had hoped I know that different readers have contrasting reactions to stories and in that we see how people are di

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