How the Light Gets in

How the Light Gets in

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Christmas is approaching, and in Quebec 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Macmillan Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427233011
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (15 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Cosham, Ralph

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Ireadalot2
Jun 02, 2017

I love Louise Penny's books but the reader of this CD is depressing.

AL_ALYSONC Dec 05, 2016

I had previously read this whole series but now I am redoing them in audio. Ralph Cosham IS Armand Gamache! I am enjoying the humor, literary references, and nuances of mood even more in the audio. A wonderful listening experience!

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billmacrotarian
Aug 17, 2014

This series entry brings to a conclusion the narrative that began in Bury Your Dead. Inspector Gamache has two cases to solve. One case is the murder of the last remaining quintuplet born during the depression. The quintuplets are modeled on the Dionne quintuplets with a similar story except for the murder. The second case involves a plot being led by Gamache’s corrupt superior. I figured out who murdered the quint and there were a few non-sequiturs but it’s a fitting conclusion to the quartet within the series. I listened to the audio version which was well read except for the mispronunciation of “Rocket Richard”.

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tinazona
Apr 06, 2014

Love every "Gamache" book, every character seems plausible, not just a "who done it" but a true study on personalities and human nature.

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jenzbooks
Feb 08, 2014

I love Ralph Cosham as Gemache. In this book he sounds weary and sad, but still kind. Even at the (seeming) end of his career he chooses new protégés to mentor. Penny's stories are immersive and hard to stop thinking about even after you finish reading them.

Cdnbookworm Dec 27, 2013

This novel in the series featuring Armand Gamache is set in the days leading up to Christmas. Armand's wife has travelled to France where his son's family now lives and Armand will be going there just before the holiday.
At work, Armand's supporters seem to be dwindling. With his loyal officers in the homicide department being transferred away and new officers that don't respect him forming the majority of his department, Isabelle Lacoste is one of the only officers who still has his back. Armand badly misses his old right hand man Jean-Guy Beauvoir who blames Gamache for abandoning him and has sunk into an addiction that is destroying him.
When Gamache is sent a message asking for advice from his friend Myrna Landers in the village of Three Pines, he decides to take the time to travel to the village and get away from the city. Myrna is worried about a friend of hers who was supposed to arrive the day before but hasn't, yet when Gamache asks for information on this friend, Myrna is reluctant to reveal the woman's name. When she finally does, Gamache finds that this woman was once famous around the world, but has been largely out of the news in many years, living under another name than her own. As Gamache digs into the woman's past, he finds he has to go back to her childhood to discover the motivations behind her fate.
It is in Three Pines that Gamache feels safe, but is that feeling of safety an illusion created by the lack of data signals and its cozy atmosphere, or is it really a haven for Gamache and his supporters.
This book continues the threat to Gamache that begin to appear several books ago, coming to an intense and dramatic head that will change everything, not only for Gamache and his family, but also his friends, and perhaps even Quebec itself.
A real page-turner.

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becker
Oct 25, 2013

Some great characters in this series. Those who have enjoyed her previous books will love this one. Narration was good.

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