A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning

Book - 2016
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Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the S#65533;ret#65533; Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the S#65533;ret#65533; Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.

When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed . . .

Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the new spellbinding novel from number one bestseller, Louise Penny. Evocative and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Publisher: London, Sphere,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780751552706
9780751552652
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 24 cm.

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fred98115
Oct 03, 2017

Penny transforms mystery writing into fictional art in this book that explores how forces shape our behavior. Gamache leads a police academy that has been infiltrated by corruption for power, money, and murder. His task is to restore integrity and clean house, a tall order when he is a prime suspect in a professor's murder.

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dlh1
Jul 20, 2017

I don't normally read murder mysteries, but a friend loaned me this book with very positive reviews. I wasn't disappointed. I see (from previous comments) that I should have read the other books in this series first, but I found that this book could stand alone quite easily. A common statement was repeated throughout the novel: Don't believe all that you think. (i.e. question what you were taught, what you learned, and don't hold on to preconceived notions.) This is such a good lesson that we all could learn from in our daily lives.

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sandfordross
Jul 05, 2017

I know I am standing alone here but I fail to find out why this author is so popular? She has a main character with so many attributes and qualities that he would make Mother Theresa look like Dr. Evil. The other central characters have absolutely no human foibles at all other than every one has a "heart of gold", even one of the "bad" guys. The women characters all seem to be virtuous with one silly exception and incapable of doing wrong, only some of the men seem to be capable of doing naughty things. (spoiler alert)The premise of an individual forcing students to play Russian roulette for years to prove their character is so ridiculous as to be laughable, particularly as no one seems to run afoul of the odds.

Louise Penny is a capable writer but to me her novels seem to read like bodice rippers. Everyone is filled with intense passions and emotions and react in the most idiotic manner imaginable. If you like this sort of stuff I think Elizabeth George or Charles Todd would be better choices.

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rb3221
Jul 01, 2017

A great novel that includes the continuation of Gamache and his past, his relationship to Serge Leduc and Michael Brebuf and the corruption in the Surete Academy where Gamache is now the Commander trying to root out the rot.
Many mysteries that were unanswered are now answered including the history of Three Pines and a great reckoning for Gamache and Amelia Choquet is revealed.
It is best to read Penny's books in order. A highly recommended series.

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beerbasket
Apr 21, 2017

A great book, 12th in the series. Warning. You need to read all the books in order starting with Sill Life. Her books center in Three Pines and her characters reoccur in each book. These books are much more then the mysteries but about the people in them

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r110967
Apr 10, 2017

Best yet by Louise Penny.

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francoisetnoel
Apr 10, 2017

Great book

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Margush
Apr 02, 2017

Forget the mystery, this book is a must read for any organization or a team dealing with a nasty problem of bullying. It shows that bullying has many ugly faces. It describes all the psychological processes and horrific implications of bullying. It teaches that we have to be vigilant to recognize those signs, dependencies as well as boundaries that are being pushed by someone close to us before our moral, physical and spiritual health gets destroyed. And yes, don't believe everything you think.

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cmayle
Mar 29, 2017

I do not usually pick a mystery to read but read this one because my bookgroup had selected it. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book. The characters who live in Three Pines are memorable, especially Ruth Zardo, the old poet. What a saucy character! I now would like to read and explore the earlier books about Armand Gamache.

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obtusata
Mar 28, 2017

This is an engaging character driven mystery crime novel. It follows a man who is trying to clean up a corrupt system. Murder ensues. But, it also includes a few extra bits of intrigue, including an historic mystery that feels a bit like a Agatha Christie. I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed trying to guess the answers to the various mysteries, and I enjoyed the book.

This is the first of the Gamache series I've read (picked at random, because the first wasn't available at the time). I can't wait to read more of the series.

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