Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

◊ Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book #12
◊ Narrator: Robert Bathurst
Audio CD: 11 Discs
◊ Listening Length: 13 hours and 33 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Macmillan Audio
◊ Scheduled Release Date: August 30, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1427274401
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1427274403

*This book is available for pre-order!


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.
New York Times best-selling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding audiobook.

It’s strange when you find yourself saying, ‘He wouldn’t do that, he’s not that type of man’ and you’re talking about a character in a book you’re reading.

Author Louise Penny has created such rich, detailed characters that as a fan I feel the core cast of characters are real when I’m immersed in one of her stories. Such is the case in her soon-to-be released book, A GREAT RECKONING.

Narrator Robert Bathurst does a wonderful job giving unique voices to these characters as they come to life. His cadence and accent draws you in and his timing and pitch is spot on. His interruption of the emotions enhances this gripping story. This book is wonderful in audio format. The language heard as it should be spoken adds another layer to this enthralling story.

Penny’s mesmerizing style of writing draws you in, pulling you deeper into the story so you don’t want out without knowing the outcome. The characters are well-developed and extremely likable. New readers will come away feeling they know the characters well. Returning fans will find even more reason to cherish these exceptional characters.

The settings, both real and fictional, come to life through Penny’s luscious descriptions. She combines real history to blend a fascinating tale of mystery and intrigue.

The story flows smoothly and at a steady pace. The suspense is breathtaking and just when you have a clue another door is opened and your opinion will change. The story builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion with a surprise twist at the end.

Three Pines has its secrets and pain, but it’s an enchanted place to visit. The village and its diverse residents will feel like home and family. While you’re anxious to know the why and why, you’re not ready to say goodbye when things settle down.

A GREAT RECKONING takes readers/listeners on a ride of highs and lows as it brings clarity to returning fans without leaving new readers/listeners in the dark. Another beguiling tale from a master storyteller.

The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Book #12), Narrated by Robert Bathurst, Macmillan Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1427274403, Unabridged, 11 CD Discs, Run Time: 13 Hours and 33 Minutes. (*This book is also available in eBook, hardcover, and Audible.)

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Are you a fan of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels? If so, do you have a favorite character?


  1. It definitely sounds intriguing. Thank you.

  2. Oooh, I did not know it takes 13 hours to read a novel, but it sounds logical!

  3. I've said that a character wouldn't do something like that many times.
    I wonder how many discs my books would be if they were in physical form? Probably only seven or eight.

  4. I'm a real fan of this series, Mason, so I'm delighted to see it mentioned here. And I couldn't agree more about how well Penny does the setting.

  5. I love this genre, and this series sounds wonderful. I'm going to take a look at this one. I prefer print over ebook but on my budget I do ebook for fiction. CDs are good, I think, for people traveling or on the run a lot.

    So glad I came over here today to find this author. You continue to do a great service for authors, Mason!

    (BTW I have a new website, my last stop; no more changes ever again in my lifetime with this. I tried going back to Blogger but it confuses me now more than wordpress does. I do have a skeletal Blogger site where I keep track of old Blogger friends, that I use for commenting, and that points Bloggers to me here:


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