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A World of Curiosities

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399702287

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 29th November 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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*** SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE GUARDIAN ***
‘Electrifying drama’ BOOK OF THE MONTH, THE TIMES
‘This is a hugely satisfying mystery of course, but more than that, it’s a chilling morality tale. Nobody does evil quite as scarily as Louise Penny’ ANN CLEEVES

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge. But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines. But to what end?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. When the room is found, and the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.

‘Penny delves into the nature of evil, sensitively exploring the impact of the dreadful events she describes while bringing a warmth and humanity to her disparate cast of characters that, unusually for a crime novel, leaves you feeling better about the world once you’ve finished’ BOOK OF THE MONTH, OBSERVER
‘Crime writing of the highest order’ DAILY MAIL
‘No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny’ ELLY GRIFFITHS

Reviews

She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes
The Times
Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium
New York Times
No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny . . . a fantastic series
Elly Griffiths
Praise for Louise Penny and The Madness of Crowds -
Penny is on peak form... The Madness of Crowds is a grown-up, timely thriller that considers the nature of cowardice - "there's no peace without courage" - and how to find and defend "that spot between freedom and safety
The Times
Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times
Denise Mina
Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both
Peter James
A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings
Ann Cleeves
It's always a treat to spend a few days with Armand Gamache
James Patterson
[An] atmospheric, distinctive series
Kate Mosse
Enthralling...crime writing of the highest order
Daily Mail
Penny delves into the nature of evil, sensitively exploring the impact of the dreadful events she describes while bringing a warmth and humanity to her disparate cast of characters that, unusually for a crime novel, leaves you feeling better about the world once you've finished
The Observer
Penny's thrillers, which combine chilling insights into the very worst of crimes with the humanity of her protagonist Gamache, remain as uniquely nail-biting and heartwarming as ever, and the author only looks set to pick up more readers now Amazon Prime has launched its much-anticipated adaptation of her books, Three Pines, starring Alfred Molina as the charismatic detective
The Guardian
The 18th title in the Gamache series, but newbies needn't worry about starting with Penny's chief inspector on a case that will stir up tragic memories and trigger fresh fears in the Quebec village of Three Pines. Look out for hidden messages, puzzles within puzzles, and some resonant ruminations on forgiveness and redemption
Mail on Sunday
Intriguing and chilling at the same time, up to the last page. Very well written - it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Yours Magazine
Louise Penny deftly combines high tension with a warm examination of Three Pines' eccentric, colourful residents
Irish Independent