The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month

eBook - 2010
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"Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book's title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache's personal and professional challenges making this the series standout so far." - Sarah Weinman. Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a seance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
Publisher: 2010
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9781429939812
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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rb3221 May 09, 2017

The star Gamache takes on a mysterious murder during a seance in a haunted house in a tale full of jealousy, anguish, secrets and lies. All the regular Three Pines' characters are present and getting better with age.
The secondary plot has lots of tension as Penny and thereby Gamache try to finally resolve the Arnot case. There is some closure with some of Gamaches' team but who can he trust. Does the Arnot plot finally end or is there more to come?
A good solid novel and especially recommended if you are a Gamache fan.

Dec 19, 2015

Need a way to list a series in order, book 1 to latest. EG The Three Pines Mystery Series.

Aug 07, 2015

I like Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and enjoyed the book, it had some nice surprises in the end.. However, I do think going back to Three Pines was a little overdone and appears it will continue in book #4....

Mar 20, 2015

This one was an odd mixture of the hilariously funny, the tremendously fearful (Why DO people want to scare themselves to death, anyway?), and the deeply profound. That's not a surprising mix for Penny, but it all seemed ratcheted up this time around. Add in the plot on Gamache and its outcome, and some of it was almost too much to bear. So not my favorite in the series. Yet, I will be chuckling for a long time over certain scenes--no spoiler alerts here, you'll have to read it for yourself!

Dec 17, 2014

A good read that keeps the characters interesting and fun.

Sep 28, 2012

This started out with a description of Three Pines that was cloyingly perfect; however, the evil unearthed by a visiting practitioner of Wicca, in addition to a plot against Gamache, make a good/evil contrast that has numerous twists and turns that involve the villagers and Gamache's team. I went from boredom to avid interest very quickly. Great read!

Aug 17, 2010

This book was very entertaining. Quite a few funny bits and easier to read than the previous book in the series (Dead Cold). I look forward to reading more about the Inspector and residents of Three Pines.


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Sep 30, 2018

This one involves an Easter death and a "haunted house" in Three Pines.


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