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Kingdom of the Blind

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #14)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  176 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

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 oth
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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James Patterson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just got done reading an advance copy of Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. It's a fantastic book that had me guessing the entire way. You're not going to want to miss out on this one.
I've never read anything by Louise Penny before, and I've definitely never read her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, but you don't need to in order to follow along with Kingdom of the Blind. The author provides a lot of developments along the way for the reader to quickly get up to speed about the characters and their mishaps. While Armand Gamache is under suspension from the Sûreté du Québec, he receives a letter summoning him to preside over the execution of a will of a woman he's neve ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc, july
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 liquidat ...more
Joe Jones
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have read this far into the series you know what to expect. Louise Penny is one of those authors who I will put down any book I am currently reading to start hers. She never disappoints and this was not the exception! Get this as soon as you can!
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
More like a 4.5; could not quite give it a 5, much as I love Louise Penny and think she can do no wrong. I was in a reading slump - nothing was holding my interest - and then someone gave me an ARC of Kingdom of the Blind. Goodbye reading slump - could not put it down, as usual. Her books make me laugh, make me cry, make me think, make me smile, make me roll my eyes, make me marvel at her way with words and her observations about life and everything else... they are the full package. Perhaps whe ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These books are ones you want to hurry through to find out what happens, and then should probably read again slowly to enjoy the writing.
Bloss ♡
Apr 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Louise Penny is an absolute treasure. I am chuffed beyond belief that we get another Gamache story!
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As the latest in one of my favorite series, I found this book easy to get into, like catching up with old friends. I didn't want to put it down and knew it was easily a 4-star rating. Then I got to the end. I don't read these books for the mystery aspect so much as for the characters, and I'm good with red herrings, but if you give us what a person is thinking and then that turns out that makes no sense they were thinking that because of what is revealed 300 pages later, I have a problem with it ...more
Edwin Hill
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of this remarkable series (with Still Life). I thoroughly enjoyed this book - as I have the entire Gamache series - but it definitely marks a change in the narrative arc of the story. If you've invested in the other books in the series, the end of this novel will pack an emotional wallop!
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All good writers have themes they like to re-explore and think through in many of their books. In Kingdom of the Blind Louise Penny returns to a theme that has long been of interest to her, that of the unreliability of mere appearances. The pleasant facade masking rot within. As she focuses thematically on the yin and yang of her characters and thoughts – at one point, Gamache thinks to himself “that conversation had gone both well and badly. Was comforting and nauseating. Successful and humilia ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fictie
Ik ben een hele slechte detective-lezer. Tijdens het lezen kan ik de plot al niet volgen, laat staan dat ik hem zou kunnen navertellen. Het gaat mij dan ook helemaal niet om de plot. Het gaat mij om de sfeer, om de personages, om de thema's op leven en dood.

De serie van Louise Penny over Armand Gamache voldoet daar helemaal aan. Vanaf het eerste boek volgen we Gamache, en zijn opklimming tot hoofdcommissaris. We volgen ook verschillende van zijn agenten, voor wie hij een mentor en een leermeest
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Beth Anne
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I received a free advance copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

This is probably my favorite current detective series, and it always feels a bit like meeting up with friends I haven’t seen for a while to start one of these books. I made myself read slowly to savor the book in part, but also because of the way Penny always writes. Small details are important, and she takes such care as an author to be very purposeful with her characters, her setting, and all of the little
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Oct 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Happily, I will receive a copy of this book from Minotaur Books. Can't wait to read this next book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series!
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received my advance copy yesterday. Penny's characters continue to draw me in and her ability to make me feel deeply is unparalleled (6 stars). I had some issues with the plot this time (4 stars), but still stayed up all night reading (5 star average).
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, canadian
As with all of Louise Penny's work this is a mystery within a mystery within a mystery. Quite a lot to follow, but it makes for quite the page turner. As always lots of heart, sometimes joyful sometimes breaking.
Kim McGee
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has just been suspended with nothing to do when out of the blue he is summoned to a broken down farmhouse along with a psychiatrist friend and a young builder and told that they have been named liquidators of a will for a woman none of them have ever met. Even though the three of them can find no connection to the woman who called herself the Baroness, they can't resist the mystery. Winter in Quebec is anything but helpful so when a blizzard keeps all of them toget ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of the Armand Gamache books and this book does a great job of continuing the story of his career with the Surete de Quebec, his life in Three Pines, and his family story. I was disappointed, however, with two descriptors of characters and groups. One is that Hugo Baumgartner is always described with with a reference to his physical appearance, all with some variation of him being an “ugly little man”. I got it the first time, so after the third or fourth time I had to wonder why ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Four and a half stars. The latest in the series to be released in November. Armand Gamache is still on suspension from the Surete de Quebec when he receives a letter naming him as one of the executors of a will of a woman he has never met. The other two executors are Myrna Landers the bookshop owner in Three Pines and a young builder. The will includes bequests for things the woman didn't have and when a body is found in her now-abandoned house, the circumstances become more menacing. But along ...more
Chris Markley
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The latest chapter in the Inspector Gamache series does not disappoint. Armand andJean-Guy are dealing with the aftermath from the last time we saw them, the drugs are unaccounted for and their future with the Surete is in jeopardy. A blizzard, an unexpected request to be liquidator of an estate of a woman he never met, a collapsing house, and a decades old mystery surrounding the will and the story is set. Reading it is part a visit to catch up with old friends and part worrying about whether t ...more
Carolyn Fagan
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
As with most Louise Penny books, Glass Houses ended with many unanswered questions. Kingdom of the Blind answers some of them, while at the same time introducing us to a whole new mystery with some parallels. Penny continues to develop her main characters, never letting them become stagnant, as in real live, things happen, people change, life choices are made. And again at the end we are left wanting to know what will happen next in the life of the Gamache family and in Three Pines!

Thanks to Ma
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louise Penny has the ability to, from the very first sentence, pull you immediately into the world of Three Pines and Inspector Gamache. In dealing with the consequences of his actions at the end of the last book, we know Gamache well enough by now to anticpate his plan but the ending had me in tears. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the advanced reader copy.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Possibly her best yet.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great one! Add it to your to-read list.
Nancy Herkness
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, as always!
Elizabeth B
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great Louise Penny book. I love Armand Gamache and Three Pines!! #14 did not disappoint!
Lisa Wright
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louise Penny and Armand Gamache never disappoint.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent entry in this long running series. Penny is a master of the complex mystery, just when you think you know where she's taking you, the road twists in an unexpected direction. Bravo!
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LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of thirteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Ed ...more

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