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  1. says:

    Unfortunately I have finished I tried to make it last as long as possible reading it slowly even though I wanted to rush to the end Three Pines such picturesue village I would love to live there if it was real of course I mentioned that to someone and they said Yes but they have alot of murders for such a small town True I had to laugh but it is the characters the the people that live there and the way they care for each other even the demented poet Ruth Well this time no murder in the village Instead Gamache and Myrna arrive separately not knowing the other was coming at a tumbled down farmhouse They are tasked along with another new arrival with a very strange reuest Despite their doubts they are intrigued and accept This brings them into a mystery over 160 years old and bearing a famous name Also of course are the remnants from the last novel missing drugs and a suspended GamacheThis may well be my favorite entry so far in this series Trademark humor tenderness and of course some great investigative ability is shown Gamache and his complicated character is fully displayed A few new characters too and one that attaches to another will be very surprising indeed At books end just when explanations are given the cases wrapped up nicely or in some cases not we are presented with a most unexpected zinger Now I wonder just where the next book will take us So I waitARC from Minotaur books


  2. says:

    It is always a joy to return to Three Pines and its eccentric and offbeat residents and this is a blisteringly brilliant addition to the Detective Armand Gamache series Gamache has been suspended as the Head of the Surete du uebec a result of the fallout from his last case His son in law Jean Guy is now the Acting Head caught between political machinations that are looking to laying the blame suarely on Gamache to pay the devastating price for his actions Gamache feels he deserves to lose his job as he holds himself responsible for the nightmare entry of the most deadly of opoids carfentanyl looking set to flood Montreal and wipe out thousands In his desperation to locate the drugs he is willing to take risks and do whatever it takes as he launches an undercover operation in the menacing streets of the city that are riddled with death and dangerGamache psychologist and bookseller Myrna Landers and a young builder from Montreal Benedict Pouliot find themselves named as the liuidators instrumental in implementing the will of a recently deceased woman a cleaner called the Baroness Bertha Baumgartnor None of them knew her and it is a bizarre will distributing monies and estates that the Baroness does not have With their curiosity aroused they accept the role and learn when they meet the Baroness's adult children Anthony Caroline and Hugo the recipients of the non existent beuests The will is the latest piece of a longstanding family drama in a delusional and poisonous inheritance that goes back well over a hundred years ago involving the descendents of twin brothers in Europe A murder has Gamache and Jean Guy delving closely into the family and its history It turns out that current developments in Vienna might provide motive for murder Nothing is as it appears as financial fraud investigator Agent Cloutier finally gets to deploy her specialised skills that make her feel settled in the police team whilst deeply buried family secrets and lies are exposedWhat makes this series so special are the long established characters that Louise Penny has developed with care and flair with the best of locations in Three Pines There is the foulmouthed poet Ruth and her duck Rosa Myrna artist Clara Morrow Gamache's wife Reine Marie and a slew of others This is a novel and series about community belonging kindness comic humour wit love and affection The addition of compelling new characters such as Benedict and Katie Burke keep this story fresh and ever evolving The theme of blindness is strong in its application to a range of people including Gamache who cannot stop engaging in machinations with mixed results This is a fantastic read entertaining with top notch storylines and so fabulous to revisit the well loved people that I have got to know so well Highly Recommended Many thanks to Kirsteen Astor and Little Brown for an ARC


  3. says:

    It is easy to understand why readers love the village of Three Pines and its people Symbolically they represent all the finer things in life wonderful and uniue friendships tolerance and acceptance cozy homes and businesses integrity and honesty There is also good food warm fireplaces funny pets and of course – the scales of justice personified by Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du uébec These are many if not all of the reasons I love my visits to the fictional village of Three Pines via Louise Penny’s novelsAnother reason is because these novels don’t back away from or swerve around the big issues of our modern day world The opposite is true as these novels expose the underbelly of our world culture and its dark side That is where CS Armand Gamache and his team of hand picked officers come into play ”Things sometimes fell apart unexpectedly It was not necessarily a reflection of how much they were valued” Readers will only achieve full appreciation of this novel by reading the preceding novel in the series Glass Houses In this story we find Gamache and his team finding their way through the repercussions of their heroic efforts in Glass Houses – and there are a lot of them People’s lives and careers were altered Sometimes in small ways and at times with such impact that the ripples carried through into this storyThere were also loose ends that Gamache could not ignore – ones that he is determined to recover and tie up no matter how wildly those loose ends flopped and fluttered at the whim of the winds of fate He was never one to back away no matter how difficult and dangerous the choice to move forward Gamache would effect justice no matter what the cost to himself personallyThere is also a sub plot in this novel involving a family feud over money that goes back 132 years When one of the family members is murdered Gamache and his second in command Jean Guy Beauvoir pursue this case as well It leads through fascinating territory including discovering about Gamache’s own pastI thoroughly enjoyed this read just as I have with the entire series As soon as I discovered the series in 2014 I knew that this would be one I would follow for as long as the books kept arriving Despite the grim topics covered and the harsh realities of what police forces are confronted with these novels always leave me with a strong sense of hope and that feelings of kindness and goodness are ones we can all act upon every single day to help counterbalance the evils of our world


  4. says:

    4✚ 🦆🦆🦆🦆 “Fuck fuck fuck” Admit it fans When you finish the last page and the road to Three Pines is closed until another winter comes uoting Rosa is the only way to assuage our anguish It is currently very cold in Three Pines So cold that Reine Marie and others can be heard muttering “Why do we live here?” as the town loses power and is buried in snowBut not to worry comfort foods that rarely fail in their one great task are abundant “Oh heavendo you have power?Non A generatorHooked up to the espresso machine?And the oven and fridge said GabriBut not the lights?Priorities said Olivier Are you complaining?Mon Dieu no she saidI really really liked it Not as awesome for me as the last 2 in the series hence the missing star but I would trade my café au lait and warm apple crisp with cream for a copy if I were you


  5. says:

    Louis Penny is back on track as one of the finest mystery writers with Kingdom of the Blind #14 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache seriesOne of my first GR friends Susan from Argyle Texas recommended this series back in 2013 I decided to give it a go and started with How the Light Gets In which is #9 in the series I fell in love with the the narrator’s Canadian accent Ralph Cosham brought so much to this series Unfortunately he passed away not to long agoThis series takes place in a small remote village in Canada called Three Pines The main characters are brought back in each novel typically with a spot light on one of them Each has their idiosyncrasies My favorites are Jean Guy Beauvoir right arm to the Chief Inspector who has had a long battle with his demons; and the old poet Ruth Zardo who says whatever she feels like to even the best of her friends and travels with her duck I enjoyed reading about Three Pines and wanted to learn about the characters’ backgrounds and started reading the first of the series and never stopped The books don’t take long to get through and here it is 2019 and I’ve been through all 14 books A highlight for me in each book is Armand Gamache’s uoting poetry on many occasions I often get the chills when reading the uotesPenny has the ability to give you a very fine murder mystery with a feel of camaraderie She has won and been nominated for many awards the Edgar Agatha Barry Macavity and Anthony Awards among othersI have now switched to the Kindle version of the series with Cosham’s passing and will continue to do so as Penny continues to write new installments The good news is #15 is due out in August of 20195 out of 5 stars


  6. says:

    Buckle up people I have many many thoughts about this book and series in general and Louise Penny1 The beginning of this book is strong As always One of Louise Penny's strengths is her beginnings She sucks you right into the story with the characters the mystery the unknown Everything feels profound She throws in poetry Philosophy ArtStrangely however the familiarity of the characterstown we know actually dragged this story down That is no longer a strong point for the series but a detriment At one point there was a scene with our familiar cast of characters in their familiar setting and I thought to myselfI've read this before It's getting redundant and that's a bad thing Dialogue feels recycled character reactions feel recycled even the twistsbig reveals are things we've seen before Gamache has a big secretyeah we know HE ALWAYS HAS A BIG SECRET2 There are certain scenesmomentsevents in this book with huge impact The collapse of the house the angst filled scenes with Amelia returning to her old life I love the whole symbolism of the house collapsingthe family collapsing Penny did an extraordinary job bringing that symbolic event to life Unfortunately these are overshadowed by many tedious scenes that dragged and ruined the pacing of the narrative Too many scenes with financial folks figuring out documents etc These bits were dull and ruined the energy and flow of this story3 Pacing was a problem The flow of the story felt disjointed Usually I find that Penny does an excellent job blending high action scenes with internal POV character bits with setting and storyline But it was pretty choppy going in this book4 I love fiction that blends multiple storylines This is a trademark for the Gamache Series Sometimes it works very well and sometimes it's not as successfulThe parallel storylines for this book the Baumgartner will and the continuation of the drug storyline from the last book GLASS HOUSES did not work well together IMO There has to be both contrast and commonality for blended storylines to work The mystery about the Baumgartner family started very strong then fizzled and diedThe storyline about Amelia had its strong moments as well but the twist Gamache has a secret from everyone else is something we've already seen in this series That reveal was disappointingThe reveal about the Baumgartners also lacked punch It was fairly expectedThat was the biggest disappointment about this book for meit started with a lot of energy and suspense and it all sort of fizzled out and died by the end The post mortem scene at the end everyone sitting around and discussing whohowwhy dunnit was painful It was an uninspired way to resolve the main mystery of this book I do appreciate a few new characters thrown into the Three Pines world even the promise of romance for some of our regular characters but that is not enough to pump fresh life into this series5 My big assessment about The Gamache Series This series has lost its magic Louise Penny has not however lost her magical touch as a writer She just needs to use her powers with a new projectShe needs a new town new characters maybe even try out a new genreShe has a lot left to say and a wonderful way to say it But Gamache and his buddies and Three Pines have been wrung out like a wet sponge I got the feeling several times that Penny is writing her default setting with this series I honestly feel like it's wasting her talents6 Most series drag on too long There's a fine line or not between exploring and re exploring the same charactersrelationships watching them change and grow At some point it's doneYou know a series is still working when you return to that world and it's like putting on a favorite snuggly cardigan and going along for a wonderful adventure with friendsI didn't get that feeling this time My friends felt flat and almost cartoonish The mystery became predictable and underwhelming Even Gamache who is one of my all time favorite characters was missing somethingOverall grade for KINGDOM OF THE BLIND DisappointedHere's hoping Louise Penny tries something new and different soon I would really like to see that happenSigning off from WatsonvillePennyNina


  7. says:

    What an excellent read Thank you Louise Penny for bringing Armand back to us for a while there it looked as though it might not happen Kingdom of the Blind has everything we expect from a Three Pines novel Gamache is his normal understanding calm all knowing self and of course as usual he is keeping secrets Beauvoir is being emotionally torn apart which is very common for him I must admit he is one character I just do not like probably because he is always letting Gamache down And I do not know what Annie sees in himAnyway I got side tracked there There is also lots and lots of snow and hot chocolate and scenes between our favourite characters with their usual banter Rosa teaches an unexpected person to use her favourite her only word People get murdered people attempt to hunt down drug thieves and there's a lot of excellent investigative work There are also a couple of surprises at the endIn other words another great book from Louise Penny I hope she is already writing another one


  8. says:

    We are only as blind as we want to be Maya AngelouAnd with that Louise Penny opens her captivating novel with the nooks and cranies of what appears to be truth on the surface but bears the scales of something far devious below Is it shadowy eyes that mirror the heart or the heart that mirrors what is in the line of pure vision?Ah our footsteps take us once again to the panoramic sight of Three Pines nestled in a barage of blanketed snow Our familiar characters take refuge in the local bistro seeking the warmth of friendship as well as the draw of the hearth Armand Gamache former head of the Surete du uebec has received a letter stating that he is one of three liuidators of a mysterious will With only the directive of time and place Gamache heads out in the heavy snow towards a farmhouse some distance from Three Pines Upon arrival he is shocked to find Myrna Landers bookstore owner in Three Pines as one of the executors along with a young builder whom they don't know None of them have ever heard of the woman who passed away How is it that they have been chosen?Penny doesn't wait for the icicles to melt before a dead body is found in the farmhouse days later The three executors find themselves almost buried alive literally and figuratively in the aftermath It will take much persistence for Gamache and his son in law Jean Guy to shovel out of this oneGamache still has the weight of his suspension hanging precariously over his head for the last six months Opioids and cartels promise to bury him under the scandal of it allKingdom of the Blind is a literary vessel of friendship and camaraderie that finds itself back at that welcoming hearth It speaks to the finer sensibilities that have somehow lay dormant in today's cut throat world Three Pines reflects upon the pearls of kindness accommodation and acceptibility These inhabitants are so flawed and so utterly human The dialogue is uick witted snarky at times and belly laugh endowed at most times It is a place of refuge as well for the die hard readers who find a place at the table each time a new offering comes along Penny always sees to thatAnd yet even though Three Pines is a fortress it has been touched by crime by murder and by dastardly acts The dark side of the moon seeps into crevices welcomed or not And this is at the very core of Louise Penny's writing talent She dabbles in the constant battle of good vs evil Reality visits Three Pines time and again and as in life the challenges are relentless but so is the little band of people gathered around that village hearth Like us they wait for the door to crack slowly into another adventure next time around


  9. says:

    After a lengthy binge read of Louise Penny’s spectacular series I was forced to wait a few weeks for this latest release The wait was worth it as Penny continues to impress while building on established story angles Fans will surely find something with which they can relate in this highly detailed novel On a cold day in the dead of winter Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache finds himself searching for a nondescript home He received a letter from a notary asking that he attend this location though cannot make sense of what might be taking place Gamache soon notices that his longtime friend and fellow Three Pines resident Myrna Landers has also been summoned When a third individual the eccentric Benedict Pouliot arrives things begin to make sense in a way All three have been named liuidators—read executors—of the will of a woman they do not know While trying to piece together this mystery the hierarchy of the Sûreté du uébec are working through the major gaffe Gamache facilitated which is just now reverberating through the streets of Montreal In order to neutralise a major drug cartel Gamache permitted a huge supply of opioids onto the streets including the new carfentanil which is exponentially potent than fentanyl Gamache remains suspended and his eventual permanent demise is a certainty given time While uebec’s Justice Ministry is now involved it is close to impossible to stay ahead of this as drugs tend to move at light speed The Sûreté Academy is rocked when one of its cadets is found with a significant amount of drugs in her room forcing her immediate expulsion Gamache knows this woman all too well and wonders if her past experience with street drugs might help him track down the new shipments as they hit the streets Gamache is staying busy as he tries to peel back the layers on this drug shipment as well as the details of the will which poses numerous financial hurdles that span over a century Soon all three liuidators can understand their connection to the deceased though when an immediate relative is found dead inside a collapsed house uestions arise as to who whether there may have been a murder to grease the financial wheels within this family With all this taking place needy addicts are turning up marked with ‘DAVID’ though no one seems to know who this could be Gamache and his second in command Jean Guy Beauvoir work to piece it all together before people die at the hands of these new drugs which may also be the only way for Gamache to save his job A thrilling addition to the series that will keep Penny fans wanting I would highly recommend this book to series fans who have a great handle on the characters and writing style Readers new to Penny’s series ought to begin where the stories began and progress accordinglyThose who follow my reviews closely will remember that I recently completed a major Louise Penny binge reading her entire collection of Gamache novels I saw a great deal of development in the series both in the settings—particularly Three Pines—and the characters especially Armand Gamache the constant protagonist Some readers were critical of such a major undertaking but I found it highly refreshing Penny places her protagonist in an interesting spot as the novel opens—the head of the entire Sûreté du uébec and yet on active suspension—which enriches the entire reading experience He seems sure that his past choices related to drugs and the cartels will be vindicated when the bureaucrats see the bigger picture As usual Gamache seems unfazed by the trouble that awaits him content to find a mystery that needs his attention Gamache is pulled in by this ‘liuidator’ mystery which takes over much of his time though the opening with former Cadet Amelia Chouet returning to her life as a drug addict is an interesting subplot that permits the Chief Superintendent a glimpse into the drugs he has permitted to hit the streets This character struggle is a brilliant angle that Penny adds to the mix of this piece which enriches his already strong character While Jean Guy Beauvoir and Isabelle Lacoste are active throughout the book their police presence blends in with Gamache’s work rather than standing out alone There are references and entire scenes related to the Three Pines residents though the story takes place out of the community making these uniue and highly entertaining characters decorative than essential There are a handful of other characters whose presence help propel the story forward in true Penny fashion and offering the reader some wonderful development opportunities The story is well done and it pulls on both threads left hanging from past novels and new ideas which serve as a mystery that keeps the narrative moving forward Penny finds new ideas to entertain and educated the curious reader as well as showing her great abilities at painting a scene that pulls the reader in and does not let go While some may have panned the latter part of the series I cannot offer enough praise for this novel or the entire collection Penny has a grip on things and there is no sense that it is in trouble even with than a dozen novels completed I cannot wait for and hope Penny has ideas over the coming years to keep the characters exciting for all Her acknowledgement section is worth a read for those who have followed the series as Penny reveals an interesting tidbitKudos Madam Penny for allowing me to be fully committed throughout This is a series I will not soon forget or regretLikehate the review? 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  10. says:

    “In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king” The Three Pines series is a favorite series of mine and the village is a character in itself In Penny’s own words the books are about “the common yearning for community For belonging They’re about kindness acceptance Gratitude” Wisdom and insight into human nature are infused into her books naturally and with ease She’s never preachy but gives us much to think about Reading her books feels like coming home to good friends Even the cold and snow is appealing when it’s combined with sitting in front of a roaring fire with good friends and a glass of red wine after a hearty meal of beef bourguignon and hot crusty bread Or enjoying a croissant and a café au lait in the bistro and a visit to Myrna’s bookstore If I had to choose fictional characters that I’d most like to join at a dinner party the residents of Three Pines would be my top choice But back to this book There is a dual plot line with the first a continuation of the opioid crisis situation Armand found himself in when the last book ended Loose ends are tied up and Armand tries to correct wrongsThe second story line involves an inheritance as well as financial fraud I found it to be uite convoluted and unnecessarily complicated It’s probably just me but I had trouble following the different threads and ramifications This isn’t my favorite of the series but it’s not my least favorite either The book started out very strong but fizzled a little One twist I figured out uite early but there were still some surprises There’s a big change in store for one character and as always I’m anxious to see where the author takes us in the next book Lastly don’t miss the afterward The author gives us a peek into her heart and talks about losing her husband and what that means for the series The copy I have from BN has exclusive content where Louise Penny introduces us to the places in the village where she lives that are the inspiration for Three Pines I loved the pictures and hearing from the proprietorsThis was another great buddy read with my friend Marialyce ❤️


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Kingdom of the Blind [PDF / EPUB] Kingdom of the Blind When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse the former head of the Sûreté du uébec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse the former head of the Sûreté du uébec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will Still on suspension and frankly curious Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers the bookseller from Three Pines and a young builderNone of them had ever met the elderly womanThe will is so odd and includes beuests that are so wildly unlikely Kingdom of eBook ✓ that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional But what if Gamache begins to ask himself she was perfectly saneWhen a body is found the terms of the bizarre suddenly seem less peculiar and far menacingBut it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing The investigation into what happened six months ago—the events that led to his suspension—has dragged on into the dead of winter And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands in order to bring down the cartels have been retrieved there is one devastating exceptionEnough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montréal With the deadly drug about to hit the streets Gamache races for answersAs he uses increasingly audacious even desperate measures to retrieve the drug Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots And the terrible things hiding there.