How the Light Gets in

How the Light Gets in

Large Print - 2013
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Struggling to maintain the Homicide group during the holiday season in the wake of interdepartmental estrangements, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quietly investigates the disappearance of a once-famous mad poet.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410460158
1410460150
Branch Call Number: LP PENNY-L
Characteristics: 675 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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midori_hon
Jul 02, 2018

A+ 5 stars
'how the light gets in' is everything 'the beautiful mystery' was not with plenty of suspense, action, and three pines. it was so awesome i was up past my bedtime to finish reading the book and then listened to the last dozen chapters on my commute. it could have been the end of the gamache series, but i'm glad that penny let it continue.

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m0mmyl00
Jun 17, 2018

It was not so long ago that I read this, but I don’t have a strong memory of it — probably a result of my having read too many Louise Penny books in too short a span of time. Inspector Gamache was his usual wise and honest self, and was still battling the evil forces in the Surete offices. The victory of good over evil was, as usual, anything but assured; and as usual, good did win out. The missing element in this book, I think, was something outside of the story that intrigued me; something like the Gregorian chants or personal maps or the shaming character in some of her other works. A simple story line, as this one had, was not quite enough.

rb3221 Jun 13, 2017

What a great novel where Penny takes the reader full circle and concludes a number of story lines with very emotional resolutions with Francoeur, Arnot and Jean-Guy. Even agent Yvette Nicol plays a minor but integral role in the story.
Ruth and her duck Rosa are both a good comic relief and a part of the Jean-Guy resolution. This is a novel with lots of suspense and character development. Where will Penny take us next? Will Gamache stay retired? Is Jean-Guy really O.K?
The best so far and highly recommended.

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Linda_Perry
Oct 02, 2016

Great book, love this series.

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Rubicat
May 22, 2016

#9 in Ms. Penny's series. In my opinion, each book surpasses the previous one. The characters become more well-rounded and we get to know them better and better. Inspector Gamache is such an admirable and patient man. It seems as though he sees each case like a chess game and he SEEMS to be 3 moves ahead of the killer each time. I love Gamache and Mme. Gamache and I look forward to each new novel.

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vip37
May 06, 2016

The characters are an interesting cross section of society's misfits depicted with compassion. The baddies diabolic scheme is not entirely convincing, but reading murder mysteries necessitates suspending reality.

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GrandCru
Feb 28, 2016

I am a Penny fan. have read all the books. I enjoyed this one until the second last chapter. I thought the writing style went overboard - was she planning on it being for a screenplay?

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mamabadger56
Jan 14, 2016

Louise Penny's mystery series featuring Inspector Gamache is one of the best in the genre, and this instalment is particularly suspenseful, resolving many of the sinister issues that had been introduced in earlier novels. Very enjoyable.
Note to new Penny readers: This series really needs to be read in chronological order.

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behere
Aug 25, 2015

I like how Penny uses words like cracked, icicles, fissures, and lines which add to the story.
Who knew that initials on a knitted cap could help solve the case? Amazing.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 02, 2015

Penny's mysteries are addictive: this one kept me up until 4:30 of the day I started it. As always it functions on many levels; the title reflects one of the deepest. Three major stories intersect here, with the "mystery" of the murder of the last of the Oulette Quints providing the setting for the resolution of the long-standing corruption of the Quebec police force, and the almost-as- long- stand-standing issues between Gamache and his second in command Beauvoir. Penny's command of both her characters and her language continue to enthrall me. I've the next one in my pile, waiting to be read, and will read her newest as soon as it arrives. As she says in her acknowledgement, her novels are her children. They, as she quotes from the Canadian poet several times, are not "perfect offering(s)" but "they let the light in."

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behere
Aug 25, 2015

"Don't be bullied off course. Don't be pushed from your center. And always, always trust your instinct, Isabelle. What does it tell you now?"
"That we're screwed."
He leaned back and laughed. "Then trust mine. All is not as I'd have wished, that much is certain. But it isn't over. This isn't inaction, this is simply a deep breath." Gamache, p 93.

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