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How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
by Louise Penny

Published: 2013-08-27
Hardcover : 405 pages
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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 ...

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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

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Unrealistic, lightweight with several dark subjects
by bookspirit (see profile) 02/13/15
Difficult to find much to discuss that was realistic.
Meet in the winter at a fantastic cafe
by billieparrott (see profile) 09/03/14
The setting of Three Pines is just amazing. I was ready to get on a plane and go to Canada and find this place and settle in for the winter. There's a book store and coffee shop, roaring fires in every fireplace, animals, artists, and beautiful white fluffy snow. The food sounded amazing. If you live where it's cold, read it in the winter and then meet and have a winter-worthy breakfast with strong coffee and lots of real cream and cinnamon and pastries and Christmas cookies. The descriptions are wonderful.

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  "how the light gets in"by Carolynr (see profile) 07/31/18

never thought i would read more than one or two of these books - couldn't figure out how i could keep reading about the same characters. But this series has me hooked. this was the best on... (read more)

 
by nmsanders34488 (see profile) 01/27/16

 
  "How the Light Gets In"by markokopp1 (see profile) 04/24/15

This book made me a fan of Louise Penny. I'm not usually a reader of mysteries, but I am now. The main character, Inspector Gamache, is human, flawed, smart and a man I would like to know. The ins and... (read more)

 
by bookspirit (see profile) 02/13/15

 
  "A trip to fantasyland"by billieparrott (see profile) 09/03/14

At lot of this book is set in a village in Canada that had fantasy-like images for almost every single member of our group. There are many levels of mystery to the story, and all were interesting and... (read more)

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