Glass Houses

Glass Houses

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250066190
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,25 cm.


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Penny's taut 13th novel opens at a murder trial in a Montreal courtroom. Penny uses a hilarious Halloween costume party and an ancient legend to set the scene for murder. The familiar, sometimes eccentric, denizens of Three Pines and Gamache's loyal investigative team help propel the plot to an... Read More »

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May 22, 2019

My first Louise Penny read. Very enjoyable. Already on to more. I like the timeline flipping from the past to the present.

May 21, 2019

I had difficulty getting "into" the story. I lost interest and abandoned the book in the first quarter.

Mar 12, 2019

Worth your time!
Penny sets the scenes so well you can smell the pines, and feel the cold and snow on your face (or the heat of the courtroom.) The Cobrador gets under your skin early and is a fantastic part of the murder mystery. My first Louise Penny book, and not my last. Enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2019

I found this one better than some of the more recent ones. I thought Penny was clever in how she wove the story together through various timelines… if not done well, it's too contrived and confusing in my opinion but in this case, I found it to be very effective and added to the exciting build up of the mystery. I also liked this one better than some in the past because the quirkiness of the characters wasn't 'over the top' as I've found it to be in previous books.
The story was about drug trafficing plus a 'revenge' killing from years in the past. As usual (essentially in all but her first two books), Penny has the reader focus on a current murder but is also telling or building a 'back story' which is actually more the focus of the story. But, again, I feel she does this really well... and it's very very smart because it keeps everyone reading the whole series. However, ironically, this book could 'stand alone' more easily than others, in my opinion.

Feb 03, 2019

I can't help think of the "Magpie Murders" in that the author becomes fed up with his all knowing main character, much like Gamache has become. Not a great read.

Jan 15, 2019


Aug 29, 2018

The novel could use some editing - I also plodded through it. The folks in Three Pines must all be fat as they spend all of their time eating and drinking at the bistro. How can they afford it, unless most of them get the GIS?

Jun 20, 2018

WOW! I am not your absolute mystery fan, but this book right here was written quite phenomenally! It is intended for an adult (but okay for young adult) audience, with enough seriousness but also excitement for all. I recommended it to three others when I finished it, staying up an hour after my bedtime. The context was a bit hard to grasp at the start - the plot jumps seamlessly between the past and present without indication. After, one would get used to it (hopefully quickly enough)!!. Definitely a full amount of stars!! - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 13, 2018

As always, Louise Penny wrote a wonderful compelling story of Chief Inspector Gamache. Makes me want to visit the eastern townships.I like all the characters, the plotting, and growth of the characters.

May 03, 2018

Save this story for long winter night when you can curl up next to the fire with a glass of wine. You'll want to spend some time after each chapter contemplating and digesting.

This is not a summer reading book. As with all Literature (as opposed to books) this takes some work. I found myself (as always with Louise Penny novels) needing to reread paragraphs or whole pages because they are so well written and so moving. Penny takes on the drug epidemic and drug cartels in this novel, and I wish her solution would work. Halfway through the book, I found myself making excuses to put off reading the next page because I know how long it is going to be before I can visit Three Pines in her next novel. I cling to the characters; I long to understand them; I love watching them grow and discover themselves. Much about redemption, love, friendship, misunderstandings, forgiveness, and patience--perhaps even more than previous novels.

If you are new to Louise Penny, you really must start with Still Life and work your way into the hearts and minds of these incredible characters.

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