Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Book - 2018
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When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Surete du Quebec 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? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into what happened six months ago--the events that led to his suspension--has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION PEN
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 20, 2019

her other works rang so true. this was just cobbled together. i think she should have waited longer -- we all would have understood. the only really good part of this book was the acknowledgements section, in which she explains about michael. this book costs around $29 US, and i cant see anyone feeling she got her money's worth

Jan 16, 2019

Another winner from Louise Penny. It is so good to be back with the characters we've grown to love, in the fairy tale Three Pines.

Jan 15, 2019


Jan 08, 2019

Good to be back with these characters again in another intricately-plotted mystery.

Jan 07, 2019

Louise Penny delivers yet another fine, engrossing tale of Three Pines.

Dec 30, 2018

I hated for it to end. I love this series, all the friends I have caught up with for a brief time and the wonderful village of Three Pines that feels like it could be home!
Now to have to wait another year for more!

Dec 29, 2018

Thank you, Louise Penny for continuing Chief Inspector Gamache’s forays. Thank you for continuing to let us eavesdrop on the residents of Three Pines. Thank you for creating a strong, understanding Inspector who gives people a second chance. Thank you for a very satisfying ending.

Dec 29, 2018

A great addition to a wonderful mystery series.

Dec 26, 2018

I wait impatiently for the latest Armand Gamache mystery from Louise Penny. I feel like I know the inhabitants of Three Pines intimately. Especially the duck... Very complicated double plot. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

Penny continues to show her incredible mastery -- whereas so many series would have long begun to disappoint by book 14, the Three Pines/Gamache series just keeps getting better and better. In KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, we have the storylines of the continuing investigation (and suspension) of Gamache following the incidents of GLASS HOUSES, the hunt for the drugs the Surete failed to capture at the end of that last book, and the curious events surrounding Gamache and Myrna being asked to be liquidators (or executors) of a will for a woman neither of them knew. To keep these multiple storylines in balance and full of intrigue: that's one of the reasons why the Gamache series is such a pleasure.

Longtime fans know that what sets the books in this series apart is the unique combination of Penny's skill at writing incredible, real characters that readers feel they truly know; the way in which she captures the spirit of southern Quebec and Montreal's surroundings, inviting us into small towns, bistros, and homes, sharing the spirit of friendship, family, and food, without seeming the least bit trite; and the complex mysteries that hinge often only on a small detail that would seem forced in the hands of someone less talented. Each of the last several books has ended in such a way that I couldn't help but wonder if it would be our last adventure with Gamache, and this is no exception. I both shudder to think of the series ending and having the book I've just finished be the last and also hope each time Gamache will be honored in perpetuity by the fantastic story I have just read.

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