Glass Houses

Glass Houses

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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" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250066190
1250066190
Branch Call Number: MYS PENNY-L
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 25 cm

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Edithdonnalee
Nov 03, 2017

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

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gloryb
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".

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FairhavenLibe
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!

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brangwinn
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.

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mamabadger56
Oct 18, 2017

A great addition to this terrific mystery series.

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sandra80
Oct 13, 2017

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

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maryebarr
Oct 13, 2017

Not even close to the best book in the series. I'm tired of hearing about the Gamache's animal, Ruth's duck and Clara's hair. Much too much filler in this novel. The plot had the usual twists and turns of a Penny novel. Too much foul language when not necessary. Not sure I'll read another of her books.

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nkholcomb
Oct 03, 2017

This is one of the best in the series. I would echo what others have said, this is not the title to begin with, if you are new to the series. It really is best to begin with the first in the series. I’m sure the author and her editor would say that you don’t *have to* read the books in order, but it certainly is easier if you do.

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mswalker
Sep 25, 2017

Definitely a page turner! Wonderful - one of her best books yet.

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njon38
Sep 24, 2017

Chief superintendent Armand Gamache a home run.

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