Jeff M. (Morris Plains, NJ)
How the Light Gets In
Unlike most of the other reviewers, this is the first Louise Penny novel that I have read. Not that I haven't known about her Inspector Gamache series, but her books just had not made my reading list. So, I took the opportunity with "How The Light Gets In". I will say that I enjoyed it very much. The various mystery threads move at their own pace and are pleasantly not rushed or hurried. The writing is terrific. There is real character development and you can readily feel their emotions. And you can just picture and imagine the cold winter scenes outdoors (kids playing ice hockey, etc.) coupled with the holiday warmth of the people living in Three Pines. Would recommend this even as a stand-alone novel.
Pamela S. (Winnetka, CA)
How the Light Gets In.
The book keep my interest throughout the story. I enjoyed both storylines. I kept wanting to know more about the Quintuplets. The other storyline kept me guessing how Gamache & his team were going to stop Superintendent Francoeur & his gang. I couldn't stop thinking that Gamache might be found in 3 Pines before he could stop Francoeur. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest & thinking how events were going to turn.
Kathleen S. (St Louis, MO)
Penny Continues to Astound
"How the Light Gets In" is Louise Penny's 9th book in the Three Pines mystery series featuring her intrepid detective Armand Gameche of the Surêté du Québec.
I find her writing absolutely hypnotic. One almost feels like a resident of this village as she so excellently describes the residents and locale of this mythic village. Penny catches so well the feelings, passions and eccentricities of the villagers.
This book is suitable for book clubs, mystery book clubs and those who just enjoy a good read without the descriptive murder scenes. I strongly recommend, however, that the new reader start with Penny's first Three Pines mystery, "Still Life" then read chronologically, or critical background details may be lost or not understood.
Marion W. (Issaquah, WA)
Fans of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache will welcome her latest book, "How the Light Gets In", (much better, IMHO, than the preceding "The Beautiful Mystery").
In this novel, we have both the seemingly motiveless murder of an older woman, once world-famous because of the circumstance of her birth, and Gamache's continuing suspicions of corruption within the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force. His young former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, has been left in
a parlous state following the previous situation.
This is a richly atmospheric book, Gamache's frequent visits to the remote hamlet of Three Pines evoking Christmas card scenes of snow-covered cabins, and quaint inhabitants enjoying la cuisine Québecoise. The plethora of individuals can be confusing to the reader encountering them for the first time; and the references to computer technology can be baffling (but aren't they always, to the layman?). That said, "How the Light Gets In" is a very entertaining read, which could spark interesting discussions if it were a book club choice. Amusez-vous bien! (Have a good time!)
Lydia M. (Lakeview, OR)
Merci beaucoup Mme Penny..
I hesitated on the 'doorstep' of this novel before entering; having read all the previous Chief Inspector Gamache books I knew (or I thought I knew) what was in store. Ms Penny has over the years woven such a tapestry of characters leading to this new release and they are all assembled here to provide the reader with a story rich in personal and societal chaos and ultimately redemption.
This novel could, unlike previous books, 'stand alone'..but to have taken this journey as a 'constant reader' through the previous eight books we are rewarded with a delicious and surprising story.
Draw up a chair...offer Ruth a Scotch..settle before the fireplace at the Bistro...you are in for a treat.
Quel merveilleux voyage cela a été.....
Sandra G. (Loveland, CO)
As I began this book, I felt as if I were sinking into an armchair in Olivier's bistro, anticipating the appearance of familiar characters I loved (Armand, in particular) and those I didn't. (Ruth) My sense of comfort disappeared rather quickly. Of all the mysteries she has written, this was by far the most intense. It was riveting, one of those can't-put-it-down books. If 5 stars = very good, this book deserves even more.
Nancy K. (Toledo, OH)
One Of Her Best!
First of all I must be honest- I have read nearly all of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books and eagerly look forward to the next one. Her books are character driven and each one in the series seems to highlight 2 or 3 of the people living in Three Pines. How The Light Gets In features Ruth and Myrna and of course the imaginary Quebec town itself plays a major role. There are really 3 stories wonderfully interwoven in this book and I could not stop reading to find out how each one affects the other. While the reader does not have to have read all the other books in this series it would help to start with one of the earlier ones to get familiar with the characters- believe me you will get hooked!