How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

How the Light Gets In

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2013-08-27
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 1,588 Ratings


How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

"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?

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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  • How the Light Gets In

    By H.T.L.G.I.
    It was really good book but the bad language on that book. "How the Light Gets In" take place in Paris they speak an English accent just the movie "Mr. Bean's Holiday" (2007) and "Rush Hour 3" (2007), it's most likely in that book and the book takes place in Paris.
  • How The Light Gets In

    By SLP SC
    I did not tie the 1st chapters together and laid it aside. Tried it again and it is excellent. I will look for her other books.
  • How the Light Gets In

    By retiredreader
    My husband and I loved the first few books in this series: Wonderful characters, cozy village, mystery to solve. The most recent books have slowly become dark and sad, and not fun any more. I skipped through the last half of this book. Such a skilled author, but she got off the track, at least my track.
  • How the Light Gets In

    By Tene'
    I laughed, I cried, I thoroughly enjoyed this--and am ready for the next! Well DONE Louis.
  • How the Light Gets In

    By Octopus8$&
    One of the best books I've ever read. I have never read any of her books before, but will now read every one of them.
  • A Really Fantastic Story!

    By Gaylagal2
    Louise Penny is one of my new discoveries and a new favorite. Every page in this book was a joy to read and highly recommend it :)
  • How The Light Gets In

    By relaxeddeb
    Absolutely wonderful book. I have loved everyone in this series. The setting, the characters, and the plots have been addictive. I want very much for there to be another book, and then least until I find Three Pines.
  • Best book ever! I laughed and cried. Hope this wasn't the last Gamache adventure.

    By Lisalooloo2
    Like the others in the series, I couldn't put it down.