Another winner from Penny! One of my favorite parts of her novels is the way every one of them has a basis in reality--inspires us readers to research them after we're done, or while we're reading. Of course, I also love the descriptions of the food they are eating, and quite often read them aloud to my husband.
With pesky Peter finally out of the way (never did like him), folks in Three Pines are trying to get back to 'normal' in their little town, but of course that's a difficult order to fill there. An imaginative boy who's worn out the townsfolk with his wild ramblings finally fulfills the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" story. Of course, this time, his story is true although no one takes him seriously until his body is found. Penny brings her regular cast together, and along with the homicide detectives from the city (Gamache's former protégées) there are local police who came through the academy during the corrupted times, 2 intelligence service operatives who work double time to distract anyone from their real abilities and work, a retired professor with an unusual interest in WsMD, and a draft dodger...or is he?
I've only read a couple of other novels in this series, but this one wasn't as believable. It's interesting to read in the afterward that it was based on a true story.
This is my second of the series (by accident) and I'm done for good. This author's obsession with the prep and presentation of chi chi trendy food (especially apples) is absurd and irrelevant. The continuity slips too often. The characters are all over done boilerplates - e.g. top of their field of some highfalutin academic arena or a world renown artist or just plain stereotypical like the gay couple who run the B&B. These novels are the Harlequin of mysteries. Formulaic and boring.
Based on a weak premise that a 30 year year old weapon would have any value to anyone. Still, I like the characters. Least favourite of this series.
Based on real events of international terrorism, arms dealers and Gerald Bulls' super gun, Penny takes us on and incredible and dark journey in a complex plot with many new characters and all the usual characters from Three Pines. Armand Gamache is retired but still takes on a lead role with Isabelle Lacoste and Jean-Guy Beauvoir.
Not my favorite Penny novel but still very good and recommended. A very good pace with lots of suspense especially near the end.
I came back to the series having missed a few. The characters are still two dimensional-each seems to have only one characteristic. Very slow read. The plot is implausible and yet fact based. Sorry. Not a winner for me.
Excellent plot challenging us to think about the limits of technology and the depths to which governments will go to protect citizens from dangerous knowledge. Her well know characters fit snuggly into the plot line always fresh and maturing. Yet the reader does not have to have read a lot of the previous novels to understand where each one is coming from. Louse Penny is an author whose books will stand the test of time. She deserves her brilliant reputation.
I was especially amazed to read in the 'afterward' that parts of this story are historically true.
A bit of a slog. Tedious at times. I put it down to go on the net and read up on the real story. Only way to envision the beast. The book was well edited, for a change!
I discovered this series after reading Beautiful Mystery and ever since have been hooked on Louise Penny. Her characters are written with so much care and the plots are riveting. I especially liked Nature of the Beast. There were so many elements woven together brilliantly.
This book was a bit slow going, and it took me a long time to connect with the author's cadence of storytelling. This was the first book I read in the Armand Gamache series, and that might be part of the reason I felt it was slow at parts. The premise was definitely more interesting than I anticipated, and I am glad I kept reading, but I am unsure if I would go back and read the series.
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