Glass Houses

Glass Houses

A Novel

Book - 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: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250066190
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,25 cm.


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Penny's taut 13th novel opens at a murder trial in a Montreal courtroom. Penny uses a hilarious Halloween costume party and an ancient legend to set the scene for murder. The familiar, sometimes eccentric, denizens of Three Pines and Gamache's loyal investigative team help propel the plot to an... Read More »

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Aug 29, 2018

The novel could use some editing - I also plodded through it. The folks in Three Pines must all be fat as they spend all of their time eating and drinking at the bistro. How can they afford it, unless most of them get the GIS?

Jun 20, 2018

WOW! I am not your absolute mystery fan, but this book right here was written quite phenomenally! It is intended for an adult (but okay for young adult) audience, with enough seriousness but also excitement for all. I recommended it to three others when I finished it, staying up an hour after my bedtime. The context was a bit hard to grasp at the start - the plot jumps seamlessly between the past and present without indication. After, one would get used to it (hopefully quickly enough)!!. Definitely a full amount of stars!! - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 13, 2018

As always, Louise Penny wrote a wonderful compelling story of Chief Inspector Gamache. Makes me want to visit the eastern townships.I like all the characters, the plotting, and growth of the characters.

May 03, 2018

Save this story for long winter night when you can curl up next to the fire with a glass of wine. You'll want to spend some time after each chapter contemplating and digesting.

This is not a summer reading book. As with all Literature (as opposed to books) this takes some work. I found myself (as always with Louise Penny novels) needing to reread paragraphs or whole pages because they are so well written and so moving. Penny takes on the drug epidemic and drug cartels in this novel, and I wish her solution would work. Halfway through the book, I found myself making excuses to put off reading the next page because I know how long it is going to be before I can visit Three Pines in her next novel. I cling to the characters; I long to understand them; I love watching them grow and discover themselves. Much about redemption, love, friendship, misunderstandings, forgiveness, and patience--perhaps even more than previous novels.

If you are new to Louise Penny, you really must start with Still Life and work your way into the hearts and minds of these incredible characters.

Apr 15, 2018

(the author revealed at the end of this disappointing book that while she was writing it, her husband suffering from dementia, was failing, and eventually died. definitely a time to be compassionate. still, I stand by my review below)

very disappointed. love her books but this one had a lot of white spaces, blank pages, and repetitions. more a novella or even a short story. I noticed lots of phrases, sentences and ideas from her former books. half way thru the book, I found I could scan many paragraphs which were fillers. I love her books but this didn't feel like the quality i'm used to from her. Had a hard time finishing but the last chapter was interesting.

I loved this story, The cobrador was a metaphor for the conscience of all the characters. The clever use of the tiny border town as a corridor for crime is a current issue with our American neighbours. I did like the braiding of the past and present, the 'hot scenes' were the present and the events taking place in the cold were reflections of what had gone on in the past. This book is up to Penny's usual excellent standards in crime fiction.

Mar 22, 2018

You can't beat a Louise Penny novel on a cold, winter's night in Minnesota. She's in my top tier of writers along with CJ Box, Carl Hiaasen, Daniel Silva, David House right, and the late, great Vince Flynn who poured me a few Dewars in St Paul years ago. R.I.P Vince....

Mar 20, 2018

At 647 pages (large print) this one was too long-winded for my taste.

Mar 10, 2018

Not one of her best. Confusing at times with all the back and forth stuff. I like her books that go into more 'food' descriptions and involve the village locals. This one consisted mainly of a group of non-villagers.

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