There is something rotten at the Sûreté academy, and the now-retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been brought in to clean it up. In the meantime, a strange map has been found in Three Pines. Old friends, new characters, murder, and history combine in another irresistible tale from Penny, whose writing is always compassionate, funny, and literate. This latest in the series is not to be missed.

Kathy Magruder, Pageturners Bookstore, Indianola, IA

About the Author

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.


Riveting... characters of incredible depth only add to the strength of the plot... will keep readers guessing until the last page.

Library Journal (starred review)

...A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.

Kirkus Review (starred review)


Robert Bathurst


13 hours 32 minutes


Macmillan Audio

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  • And in the silence Leduc realized what Gamache exuded. It wasn’t force. It was power.
  • Anyone could take something by force, but not many could get the person to surrender without a fight.
  • It was a careworn face. But most of the lines, if followed back like a trail, would lead to happiness.
  • Armand was whittling down, honing, shaving, taking out the dead wood, the unnecessary, the unwanted. The rot.

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