How the Light Gets in

How the Light Gets in

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -- Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.

One of Publishers Weekly 's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013

One of The Washington Post 's Top 10 Books of the Year

An NPR Best Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Macmillan USA, 2013.
ISBN: 9780312655471
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 24 cm.

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midori_hon
Jul 02, 2018

A+ 5 stars
'how the light gets in' is everything 'the beautiful mystery' was not with plenty of suspense, action, and three pines. it was so awesome i was up past my bedtime to finish reading the book and then listened to the last dozen chapters on my commute. it could have been the end of the gamache series, but i'm glad that penny let it continue.

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m0mmyl00
Jun 17, 2018

It was not so long ago that I read this, but I don’t have a strong memory of it — probably a result of my having read too many Louise Penny books in too short a span of time. Inspector Gamache was his usual wise and honest self, and was still battling the evil forces in the Surete offices. The victory of good over evil was, as usual, anything but assured; and as usual, good did win out. The missing element in this book, I think, was something outside of the story that intrigued me; something like the Gregorian chants or personal maps or the shaming character in some of her other works. A simple story line, as this one had, was not quite enough.

rb3221 Jun 13, 2017

What a great novel where Penny takes the reader full circle and concludes a number of story lines with very emotional resolutions with Francoeur, Arnot and Jean-Guy. Even agent Yvette Nicol plays a minor but integral role in the story.
Ruth and her duck Rosa are both a good comic relief and a part of the Jean-Guy resolution. This is a novel with lots of suspense and character development. Where will Penny take us next? Will Gamache stay retired? Is Jean-Guy really O.K?
The best so far and highly recommended.

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Linda_Perry
Oct 02, 2016

Great book, love this series.

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Rubicat
May 22, 2016

#9 in Ms. Penny's series. In my opinion, each book surpasses the previous one. The characters become more well-rounded and we get to know them better and better. Inspector Gamache is such an admirable and patient man. It seems as though he sees each case like a chess game and he SEEMS to be 3 moves ahead of the killer each time. I love Gamache and Mme. Gamache and I look forward to each new novel.

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vip37
May 06, 2016

The characters are an interesting cross section of society's misfits depicted with compassion. The baddies diabolic scheme is not entirely convincing, but reading murder mysteries necessitates suspending reality.

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GrandCru
Feb 28, 2016

I am a Penny fan. have read all the books. I enjoyed this one until the second last chapter. I thought the writing style went overboard - was she planning on it being for a screenplay?

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mamabadger56
Jan 14, 2016

Louise Penny's mystery series featuring Inspector Gamache is one of the best in the genre, and this instalment is particularly suspenseful, resolving many of the sinister issues that had been introduced in earlier novels. Very enjoyable.
Note to new Penny readers: This series really needs to be read in chronological order.

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behere
Aug 25, 2015

I like how Penny uses words like cracked, icicles, fissures, and lines which add to the story.
Who knew that initials on a knitted cap could help solve the case? Amazing.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 02, 2015

Penny's mysteries are addictive: this one kept me up until 4:30 of the day I started it. As always it functions on many levels; the title reflects one of the deepest. Three major stories intersect here, with the "mystery" of the murder of the last of the Oulette Quints providing the setting for the resolution of the long-standing corruption of the Quebec police force, and the almost-as- long- stand-standing issues between Gamache and his second in command Beauvoir. Penny's command of both her characters and her language continue to enthrall me. I've the next one in my pile, waiting to be read, and will read her newest as soon as it arrives. As she says in her acknowledgement, her novels are her children. They, as she quotes from the Canadian poet several times, are not "perfect offering(s)" but "they let the light in."

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Aug 25, 2015

"Don't be bullied off course. Don't be pushed from your center. And always, always trust your instinct, Isabelle. What does it tell you now?"
"That we're screwed."
He leaned back and laughed. "Then trust mine. All is not as I'd have wished, that much is certain. But it isn't over. This isn't inaction, this is simply a deep breath." Gamache, p 93.

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