A World of Curiosities - Louise Penny

A World of Curiosities

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2022-11-29
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 1,770 Ratings


Agatha Award Winner for Best Contemporary Novel

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.

But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.


  • Bored

    By readalot of books
    This book was rambling and very difficult to keep reading
  • She just keeps getting better

    By Soardro
    Louise Penny tackled difficult social woes in her current book with dignity to develop a complicated and intricate plot that made it almost impossible to put the book down.
  • World of curiosities

    By staleplot
    Always excellent
  • Intricate….

    By ss4mat
    She just keeps getting better.
  • Fabulous!

    By little freep
    Not disappointing! Louise Penny does it once again! Thank you so much for an enjoyable, entertaining read!
  • World of Curiosities

    By Polarbean
    The best yet!
  • Ultimately good but

    By Lady Sparhawk
    What an awful start and thrilling ending! Did two different people write this book? Was there no editor? I only kept going because I have liked the series.
  • Mesmerizing

    By MNDiver1234
    I was, once again, delighted by another wonderful novel by the talented Louise Penny. Though I was able to figure out who the killer was before the reveal, I was amazed by the intricacies of the story itself and the characters.
  • Inspector Gamache series

    By Lady golfer62
    I have read every book in this series. I loved them all. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
  • I really liked it

    By JLeavesley29
    I really loved this book, but it was a bit too scary.