Louise Penny: A Better Man



25 starsI have always been a Louise Penny enthusiastic reader and always awaited her new books with lots of anticipation and happiness So I am totally bummed that I didn t like this book as much as I had hoped I now that different readers have contrasting reactions to stories and in that we see how people are different in what they read and feel It makes reading a book so very interesting because we can view divergent opinions and ways of looking at things What I found in this story that set me off was the repetitious nature of the book Perhaps it was because of having read all the others in this series that I felt there was material that I had heard many times Another thing was how I felt the whole persona of Gamache changed in this story I always thought he was a strong character a man who always seems to Byzantium know what to do and yet in this go round he seemed tenuous unsure and weak I was disappointed to see a change in him Perhaps the author was trying to make him human and vulnerable but sometimes it made him seem supercilious and sanctimonious The other characters just didn t have the charisma they once had and of course this made me not care as much about them as I use to I did like the last section of the story which really did show the investigative process we so often saw in all the other books in this series I wish that this could have been the whole focus of the book It was too late to save what for me was an uninteresting read So I walk away with a less than a positive view of this booknowing full well that so many have and will love this story I do have a lot of respect for this author and of course my opinion is just that an opinion Please do look at the other reviews as most of them are glowingThank you to Edelweiss for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewJan and I were uite anxious to read this fifteenth novel in this series Inspector Gamanche his family and the residents of Three Pines have always intrigued us and as we have followed these books we have developed a fondness for all the characters So it was with lots of anticipation we read this new recently published bookTo see our duo reviews you can go here Just returned from my annual visit to Montreal and Three Pines Sadly it only took a day but I met all my old friends again and caught up on all the gossip I really should have made the trip last longer Now I have a whole year to wait until the next timePoor Gamache and Clara both attacked and vilified by social media Beauvoir Annie and little Honore bags packed and off to live in Paris Rising river levels and the race to save the province but especially Three Pines from flooding All this wrapped around an excellent mystery about a missing woman and a court case which goes terribly wrong or does it Wonderful Now I am left with the difficult decision of what to read next How am I supposed to follow that I was SO disappointed by this book I have loved this series and have been looking forward to A Better Man for months and it was just such a let down Her writing style seemed to change and this book is filled with sentences Broken up Into multiple sentences For no reason So so many sentence fragments I do that occasionally in texts to emphasize a point but doing it constantly throughout the book makes the techniue lose all sense of emphasis and just gets really annoying Also and this is maybe just me some of the story line just didn t make sense Yes having a young woman who s pregnant get abused and then Contacts Desired killed is terrible but it is not remotely the most terrible thing that these cops have seen And yet they all immediately take it personally and see it as something so horrible that they are unable to be unbiased It just didn t seem to be in character It was a fine book If I hadn t read any of her other books I would probably have not been as annoyed and disappointed I just expected so much Everytime I start reading a Louise Penny novel I am confronted with a dilemma Do I read it uickly because really I don t want to put it down or do I read it slowly because I don t want it to end How does she do it This is the 15th I the Three Pines series and iteeps getting better and better In this one I my opinion she outdid herself combining some important issues of the day with an outstanding difficult to solve mystery The issues of climate change abuse and the devastation it causes and the good and bad of social media All combined seamlessly in the lives of various members of the community we have come to love She shows us the many depths of personality that can live inside one person Characteristics based on the past the present life experiences that make us the people we are She shows us friendship love respect integrity compassion Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, kindness and the struggle tonow when to hold on and when to let go Ratchets up the tension and then fits in some appropriate humor that makes us laugh Oddly enough a new character comes to Three Pines and affects the future of one member This was a particularly emotional entry in the series as one chapter closes and a new one begins And now I am resolved as I await the next in this stellar seriesThat twisted reality until malice and truth were intertwined and indistinguishableARC from Minotaur books In this 15th book. Catastrophic spring flooding blistering attacks in the media and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du uébec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise PennyIt's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department a job he temporarily shares with his previous second in command Jean Guy Beauvoir Floodwaters are rising acr.

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D her husband first brought home a golden retriever named Bonnie after their honeymoon Penny let s us understand that her husband Michael wanted nothing to do with dogs but found him cradling their new pup in his arms and the dog was his forever After Michael was diagnosed with dementia years later their golden Trudy passed away Her husband The Oracles Golem (The Oracle keep looking for their dog A friend brought over an old golden named Bishop who lived with them for 14 years till he died Bishop s death occurred while Louise Penny was writing this book A touching tribute3 out of 5 stars In the midst of a threat from devastating Spring floods Vivienne Godin 25 and pregnant is missing her father is frantic and her drunken abusive husband Carl Tracey is suspected at having a hand in her disappearance As the father of a daughter the same age Gamache fi Our date came a bit early this year Armand which makes it bitter sweet Sweet because I got to catch up with you and our friends in Three Pines a little earlier in the summer than usual Bitter because our time together is already over until next yearI found this year s dose of Louise Penny got off to a slow start Armand Gamache is struggling as usual with his place in the uebec police and the mystery at the centre of A Better Man focuses on a seemingly straightforward missing person case And I must admit that the story itself didn t rea After getting my hands on the latest Louise Penny novel I could not wait to get started This explosive series set in rural uebec gives not only the feel of a wonderful mystery but also hones in on all things Canadian After serving his suspension Armand Gamache is back in his position as Chief Inspector within the S ret du u bec though there is a whispered power struggle within Homicide While many are worried about how it will resolve itself Gamache wants only to work and agrees to investigate a uery of a pregnant woman whose gone missing When Gamache arrives he meets the woman s husband anown abuser who explains that he has no idea where his wife might be but could not care less Gamache gets a bad feeling about it all but is eually distracted when uebec s spring thaw begins to cause issues His community of Three Pines is set to flood which could be devastating if the floodwaters don t drop soon With no signs of the pregnant Vivienne Godin Gamache tries to determine if there may have been foul play which is exacerbated when a body is discovered amongst some cracked ice close to a bridge The receding waters reveal much including a potential murder scene with the perfect suspect who denies having anything to do with his wife s death Trying to connect the dots Gamache turns to some of his fellow villagers who use social media to coax out a slew of information Will it be enough to convict a man who holds his wife in such low regard that she is only good as a punching bag Additionally the higher ups within the S ret are Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations keeping a close eye on Gamache especially as old troubles have an uncanny way of resurfacing Could the Chief Inspector s return have been a set up to bury him once and for all A wonderful addition to this stellar series sure toeep fans wanting Recommended to those who have loved Armand Gamache from the early Three Pines days as well as readers who enjoy police procedurals with a Canadian flavour After a major binge of the series last summer I was forced to wait like the rest of the Penny fans for this newest piece in the Gamache series It was well worth the wait though I Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, know Penny has had some personal issues which makes the publication of this piece even exciting Gamache remains on point working through the blips that had him sidelined and trying toeep from letting the politics of the job get to him Still eager to help both within the S ret and towards his friends in the Eastern Townships Gamache makes his mark in a variety of ways Keen to solve crimes he has little time for those who seek to circumvent justice or cut corners to get the answers they want Other characters continue to evolve in the series though the locals are background than at the forefront of the case There are a few new faces whose presence could become regular depending on how Penny chooses to advance the series I am eager to see how this will all play out in the coming years The story remains exciting and fresh though there are some significant mentions of past events which thicken the plot and the series development effectively Penny has a wonderful handle on the series even fifteen books in She represents Canada and the genre so well choosing interesting plot twists that The Solitary Self keep the reader wondering Established chapters and current events weave together a story that many readers will surely devour as I did leaving them begging for The need for patience is high by the time the book ends but there is still so much to learn Alas it will likely be another year or soKudos Madam Penny for dazzling your fans with another strong novel Gamache is in good hands under your guidance Lovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge Louise Penny is a treasure when it comes to the world of crime fiction this is a stunning addition to this stellar series set in the village of Three. W would you feel he resumes the searchAs the rivers rise and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler a body is discovered And in the tumult mistakes are madeIn the next novel in this constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves The New York Times Book Review Gamache must face a horrific possibility and a burning uestion What would you do if your child'siller walked fr.

In the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series the detective is once again set to become Head of Homicide of the S ret du u bec The book can be read as a standalone but familiarity with the series is a plus Armand Gamache who resides in the Canadian village of Three Pines was Chief Superintendent of the S ret du u bec until he engineered a risky drug operation The plan succeeded but at a terrible cost As a result self serving politicians suspended Gamache for 9 months demoted him to Chief Inspector and offered him his old job as Head of HomicideIt was assumed that Gamache would resign rather than submit to this humiliation but no such luck for the vile politicos Gamache happily accepts the offer to be Head of Homicide and as the book opens it s his first day back at work As it happens Gamache s former mentee and current son in law Jean Guy Beauvoir is currently Head of Homicide but Jean Guy and his family are moving to Paris in two weeks Until then Beauvoir and Gamache will run the department togetherAs Gamache returns to work vicious Twitter trolls gleefully put him down call him filthy names and practically call for his assassination And Gamache isn t the only resident of Three Pines under attack Tweets about artist Clara Morrow who recently produced a set of unpopular miniatures are saying she s a no talent hack whose previous success was a fluke When Gamache arrives at the S ret for his first day of work he The Ornaments of Life knows the homicide detectives have been reading the hate filled Tweets and joking and gossiping about him but he brushes it off And it s a good thing because a new case comes in almost immediately During the morning briefing Agent Lisette Cloutier s cell phone buzzes away with texts from her friend Homer Godin saying his pregnant married daughter Vivienne is missing Gamache and Cloutier hurry over to Vivienne s house to look around and interview her husband Carl Tracey It s immediately obvious that dirty disheveled foul mouthed Tracey is a nasty scumbag who abuses his wife and the detectives suspect he did SOMETHING to Vivienne though it s not clear whatWhile the detectives are searching for Vivienne an environmental crisis is developing Spring thaws and moving chunks of ice are filling the rivers to record high levels and massive floods will be the inevitable resultDrastic measures are needed and Gamache s suggestions are uickly lampooned by the politicians who want to take him down Regardless government agencies and private citizens take measures to deal with the water situation like dynamiting dams and arranging sandbagsThe investigation of Vivienne s disappearance turns up additional persons of interest and the case has overtones of adultery unreuited love and domestic violence Still Gamache and his colleagues are almost certain that Carl Tracey harmed his wife and a good part of the book follows their maneuvers as they try to prove it In the meantime Vivienne s father Homer Godin threatens toill Tracey himself Gamache is anxious to One Wish (Thunder Point, keep this from happening so he invites Homer to Three Pines hoping his wife Reign Marie will look after the grieving father andeep him calm This doesn t uite work out and at one point Homer is arrested while Carl Tracey walks free which is the height of irony Meanwhile Clara Morrow sadly laments her current reputation as an artist who s lost her spark and wonders what to do next Some Three Pines residents try to cheer up andor help Clara including innkeepers Olivier and Gabri bookstore owner Myrna and irascible dirty mouth poet Ruth Their efforts have mixed results but do introduce us to a uirky African American art critic from Brooklyn called Domenica OddlyIt s always entertaining to visit the locals in Three Pines including Ruth s duck Rosa whose uack uack uack sounds a lot like fk fk fk Like mother like daughter LOLVivienne s case is resolved eventually but not before lives are endangered and surprises come to light For me this is only a moderately successful addition to the Armand Gamache series It s of a legal procedural than a typical mystery and the legal wrangling is drawn out than necessaryOn a personal note I m tired of the theme of corrupt S ret officials dirty politicians and now disgusting Twitter trolls out to get Gamache The war against Gamache has been going on for years and years in Penney s books and it s time to put it to rest in my opinionThat said many reviewers love this book and fans of the series would probably enjoy itYou can follow my reviews at After finishing 15 in the Inspector Gamache series I am sadly saying goodbye I m tired of Armand Gamache getting into trouble with the higher ups in command I liked it better when he was solving murders and uoting poetry In this book Gamache and his sidekicks Jean Guy Beauvoir and Isabelle Lacoste all get together to find a woman who has disappeared which is unusual in itself as it is not nown if she is dead or not Also over the years Jean Guy and Isabelle have been promoted and they would not readily be available to assist in this mystery A little bit too far fetched for meAnd why does Clara s art all of a sudden need to get panned by the critics And the floodWhat did warm my heart was the author s dedication Louise Penny dedicated this book to her dog Bishop She an. Oss the province In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache pleading for help in finding his daughterAs crisis piles upon crisis Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned But with a daughter of his own he finds himself developing a profound and perhaps unwise empathy for her distraught fatherIncreasingly hounded by the uestion ho.

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels She has won numerous awards including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award seven times and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel In 2017 she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture Louise lives in a small village south of