Post Script: A Great Reckoning, A Chief Inspector Gamache Thriller – Louise Penny

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A Great Reckoning

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #12

Louise Penny

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751552706

 

Description:

The next novel in Louise Penny’s #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

 

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.

 

Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

 

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

 

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.

 

 

My View:

Outstanding!  *loud cheer* Perfect character driven crime thriller!!!

 

I cannot believe that I have not read any of this series before now – fantastic does not go anywhere near describing how great this book was! Despite this being the 12th book in the series I had no problems keeping up with events and characters – the author does a superb job in informing the reader of past happenings without devoting chapters to this, it is very well written and I would love to read the rest of this series now.

 

This book – and I assume the rest of the series are similar in style– are fantastic character driven police procedurals. Aside from the protagonist, who is a wonderful, mature age, calm and intelligent man – yes you can hear a little fan love here, I know just a paper character – but a girl can dreamJ, the minor character Ruth (and her duck) left a favourable lasting impression. What a wonderful eccentric, honest, blunt and observant character she is; such fun!

 

So if you love well written character driven police procedurals set in exotic (for me) locations and a narrative that is full of surprises, this series is for you! This title will definitely be added to my “Best of 2016 Reads” list.

 

 

Post Script: Entry Island – Peter May

Entry Island

Entry Island

Peter May

Quercus (US)

Quercus

ISBN: 9781623656850

 

 

Description:

Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: “Peter May is a writer I’d follow to the ends of the earth.” Now Peter May takes us to a small island off the coast of Québec with an emotionally charged new mystery.

 

When a murder rocks the isolated community of Entry Island, insomniac homicide detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at St. Hubert airfield bound for the small, scattered chain of Madeline Islands, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as part of an eight-officer investigation team from Montréal.

 

Only two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of just more than 100 inhabitants, the wealthiest of whom has just been discovered murdered in his home. Covered in her husband’s blood, the dead man’s melancholy wife spins a tale for the police about a masked intruder armed with a knife.

 

The investigation appears to be little more than a formality–the evidence points to a crime of passion, implicating the wife. But Sime is electrified by the widow during his interview, convinced that he has met her before, even though this is clearly impossible.

 

Haunted by this strange certainty, Sime’s insomnia is punctuated by vivid, hallucinatory dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away, dreams in which he and the widow play leading roles. Sime’s conviction soon becomes an obsession. And despite mounting evidence of the woman’s guilt, he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professional duty he must fulfill and the personal destiny he is increasingly sure awaits him.

 

 

 

My View:

Meticulously researched, a strong sense of place in dual time zones and setting – Peter May writes desolate, isolated communities with passion and realism; you will be able to visualise yourself here, be able to hear the gale force winds, feel the intensity of the storms and climb the unspoilt rugged landscape. You will feel the desolation and the isolation – the perfect setting for a murder and a mystery or two.

 

But this is more than a murder /mystery, this is also a beautiful love story and a history lesson. Peter May is a writer that continually surprises me with the depth of his research, his talent for painting a visual landscape with mere words and for capturing the essence of a community and it history. Versatile is his middle name.

 

 

 

 

Let Me Share Something With you

I am so proud of our film 35 Letters and this award is just beautiful!

ATOM Award - Best Biography 35 Letters

35 Letters will be screening in Vancouver March 11 courtesy of Simon Fraser University’s Woodwards Cultural Unit, Reel Causes.org and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Assoc (BCLA).

When: Wed, March 11, 2015. 7:00 PM
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver.

For more information about the screening please see this link:  http://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2014-205-spring/35lettersscreening.html

If you live in this part of the world don’t miss this opportunity to see our award winning film.

Post Script: The Unquiet Dead – Ausma Zehanat Khan

Draped in a cloak called crime fiction this narrative speaks of truths we all need to hear.

The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

Ausma Zehanat Khan

St. Martin’s Press

Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250055118

 

Description:

Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But she’s still uneasy at Khattak’s tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Drayton’s death. Drayton’s apparently accidental fall from a cliff doesn’t seem to warrant a police investigation, particularly not from Rachel and Khattak’s team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But when she learns that Drayton may have been living under an assumed name, Rachel begins to understand why Khattak is tip-toeing around this case. It soon comes to light that Drayton may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

 

If that’s true, any number of people might have had reason to help Drayton to his death, and a murder investigation could have far-reaching ripples throughout the community. But as Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, with no easy answers. Had the specters of Srebrenica returned to haunt Drayton at the end, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man just fall to his death from the Bluffs?

 

In her spellbinding debut, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice that will linger with readers long after turning the final page.

 

 

My View:

WOW! This book is….is so many things, it has blown me away! I don’t know where to begin or how to write a review to do this book justice. And did I mention this is the author’s debut novel? This author is incredibly gifted and I predict this book winning many awards.

 

This book:

  • Is a great work of crime fiction.
  • Speaks in a voice that is intelligent, articulate and captivating.
  • Is at times beautifully descriptive.
  • Is at times brutally honest, tough, grim, disturbing and so so sad.
  • Has wonderful empathetic characters that you want to know more about.
  • The settings both in Canada and Srebrenica are powerful and realistic.
  • The mysteries are captivating.
  • The evilness lingers leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. 

 

 

This is a complex book about family, beliefs, relationships, loss, justice, trust, crimes and the ugliness in our world. This book begs you to read it and defies you to not be moved, this book pricks at your conscience and perhaps persuades you to choose a path that is more tolerant and accepting or maybe it gives you a nudge to become a more political individual; after you have read this book you will not be the person you were when you woke this morning. This book will enlighten and move you. Read it.

 

PS

This book is the first I have read for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015