Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines

18 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 735 ratings

Still Life Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets....

Coming soon: Book 2 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, Dead Cold. Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues.

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  • Book 1

    • Still Life

    • Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful start to a well written series

    • By Christina on 2017-11-22
    • Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 2014-03-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 90 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 25.78

  • Book 2

    • A Fatal Grace

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hooked!

    • By Megan on 2019-05-28
    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 2014-04-03
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 45 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 24.59

  • Book 3

    • The Cruellest Month

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 3
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    It's Easter, and on a glorious Spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead.... When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A séance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death. In indyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By Liz C on 2019-04-17

    Price: CDN$ 25.78

    • The Cruelest Month

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 3
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read

    • By m on 2018-06-03

    Price: CDN$ 47.23

  • Book 4

    • A Rule Against Murder

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 4
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By Heather on 2019-03-16

    Price: CDN$ 24.59

  • Book 5

    • The Brutal Telling

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 5
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos. A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive or even the dead man's name. As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and points to a terrifying killer...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-03-10

    Price: CDN$ 25.78

  • Book 6

    • Bury Your Dead

    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries... a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sims reading this great mystery is wonderful!

    • By THull on 2019-07-21

    Price: CDN$ 24.34

  • Book 6.5

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  • Book 7

    • A Trick of the Light

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, poor narrator.

    • By Jackie S on 2019-05-06

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

  • Book 8

    • The Beautiful Mystery

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • PERFORMANCE

    • By Linda Price on 2018-05-30

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

  • Book 9

    • How the Light Gets In

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. 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. 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. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!

    • By Jennifer on 2018-09-13

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

  • Book 10

    • The Long Way Home

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As brilliant as ever

    • By yyzgwm on 2019-07-23

    Price: CDN$ 35.08

    • The Long Way Home

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help, he can't bring himself to refuse her, despite the old wounds it threatens to re-open. Clara's husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised.

    Price: CDN$ 27.21

  • Book 11

    • The Nature of the Beast

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story

    • By Naida on 2019-05-08

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

  • Book 12

    • A Great Reckoning

    • A Novel
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 39

    When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent until the very last word!

    • By sylvie morisset on 2019-06-01

    Price: CDN$ 37.63

  • Book 13

    • Glass Houses

    • A Novel
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glass Houses

    • By Helen A Burns on 2018-01-11

    Price: CDN$ 37.04

  • Book 14

    • Kingdom of the Blind

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gamache ... I mean Penny, does it again!<br />

    • By Tina Fehr Kehler on 2018-12-12

    Price: CDN$ 35.08

  • Book 15

    • A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines Series, Book 15
    • Written by: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

    Price: CDN$ 35.08