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" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250066190 (hardcover)
1250066190 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: M PENNY
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 25 cm

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KJP48
Sep 21, 2017

I love Louise Penny's books and this one didn't disappoint. It kept me guessing all the way through. My only disappointment, and it is slight, there wasn't much story devoted to the townspeople. That is one of my favorite aspects of her novels.

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pozrob
Sep 16, 2017

I picked up Louise Penny's first installment in The Three Pines series "Still Life" on a whim, expecting an easy read mass produced murder mystery. I read the entire series in under a year. Her latest, Glass Houses did not disappoint. A third way in I was sure i connected the dots as to figure out the outcome, then bam! Back to square one. I would recommend reading her first in the series as to acquaint yourself with the village of Three Pines and the eccentric Les Habs who live in this tiny hamlet on the Quebec/Vermont border. Agatha Christie fans take note. Looking forward to her next!

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geniegu859
Sep 15, 2017

I love everything Louise Penny writes. This novel is no exception. It helps tremendously to have read previous Three Pines novels as the residents of this remote village become as familiar as neighbors. Though this can be read as a stand alone novel, a new reader may be confused at the cast of characters without prior introduction to their personalities. The strongest and most induring character is Armand Gamache, formerly Chief Inspector of Homicide, now Superintendent of the Surente du Quebec. The depth of his moral fiber stems from his implacable honesty, loyalty to family, a belief in justice. In this installment, he is torn between deliberately committing perjury for the sake of a higher purpose at the risk of losing everything. When he is convinced the right thing to do, nothing can deter him to seeing it through. The story, part court room jockeying and real time drama, comes to an exciting conclusion that one can depend on in Louise Penny's novels.

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SUSAN WHITE
Sep 11, 2017

Another gem from Louise Penny!
Please read this series in sequence, to understand the characters' relationships and attitudes.

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28fevrier
Sep 11, 2017

Tedious. I have tried several other books by Louise Penny, and given up. In this one, at the beginning, and for several pages, a plethora of characters (very confusing) discuss the appearance of a strange person wondering who it is. I suppose the generous sprinkling of "oui", "non", "merci" gives the story some "couleur locale". I gave up.

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Debbr2
Sep 02, 2017

Excellent read, loved it!

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TerryAB
Aug 31, 2017

Eagerly anticipated and definitely worth the wait. This story is so timely and yet, so timeless. No spoilers here!

debwalker Jul 12, 2017

Loan Star Top Pick for August 2017.

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Angela71
Jul 11, 2017

A masterpiece, her best book to date.

I was given the wonderful opportunity to receive the advance copy of Louise Penny’s 13th novel “Glass Houses” and was very grateful for the opportunity. From page one, Mrs. Penny takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. One moment it is calm and the story is developing and then the next page you are on a high of emotion. Brilliant. I love how this book is unexpected in its development. We are introduced to a different side of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his struggle with his decisions. As usual we are back in the loving arms of the Three Pine village and its many quirky characters. Ruth and her beloved duck make many appearances in the book. I adore this character. One of main concern with any author in a series is that the story starts to water down and it is not as thrilling as before, but with “Glass Houses” it does not disappoint. The writing is still original, exciting and hard to put down. I congratulate Mrs. Penny on another very successful book.

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