The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny

The Cruelest Month

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2008-03-04
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 1,375 Ratings


“Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book’s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache’s personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far.”
--Sarah Weinman

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.
     It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth.  But not everything is meant to return to life. . .
     When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright.  Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
     Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.


  • Loved this book!

    By Suzy-que12345
    I love this series and I hear it only gets better! So well written and you simply fall in love with the characters.
  • Best I've Read

    By Knotty Knitter
    I've read lots of mysteries, and I think Penny's are the best. The characters are persons you can identify with. Thanks