A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning

Book - 2016
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250022134
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 25 cm


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October 2017 "Receiving a mysterious old map that has been found stuffed in the walls of a bistro, former Quebec homicide investigator Armand Gamache follows clues to the site of a dead Sãuretâe academy professor and an unlikely cadet with whom he is implicated in a murder case."

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Mar 23, 2020

I always wait impatiently for the next Louise Penny book. Unfortunately I was disappointed with " The Nature of the Beast" until I read the afterward which changed my entire attitude about the "beast". This book is better, but I love the first books where Gamache was a policeman officially. I love Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and all the people in Three Pines, so I am happiest when the events are set in the village. I will be very happy if Gamache becomes a real policeman again and solves a crime involving everyone in town, including the duck. Still three paws up from Kristi and Abby Tabby.

Dec 18, 2019

It seems easier to read LP's novels in order of the year that they were published. It feels like Gamache's wife is like an automaton, always cooking and baking for guests, as well as making up guest bedrooms, for unplanned visitors. She never complains - maybe she is on tranquilizers?

Jul 17, 2019

A few chapters prior to the last three chapters dragged on unnecessarily.

May 28, 2019

The ending was very satisfying. Have read most of Ms. Penny's works of art. Very happy to know Henri, their large eared shepard is healthy and continues to enjoy
life with the Gamaches.

Mar 16, 2019

I ended up liking this book (especially in comparison to another “detective/mystery” type book I read following this one). To note: I read it for a book discussion group held at my local library and had not read any of the previous 12 (or so) novels leading up to this one in the series. Now, Armande Gamache, to me, was all to perfect - everyone praised him even though he took things into his own hands when he clearly didn’t have full control (to me, that doesn’t send a good message to readers - that is, thinking you can handle everything on your own). I did like the cast of characters at Three Pines and, though the map was sort of a side plot, I did enjoy that mystery. I wish I knew more about Gamache and Brébeuf (I was told at the group that tia was described better in previous books). I really liked how the end played out in the mystery between Gamache and Amelia. I didn’t feel Justice was served from Jacques Laurin’s arrogance and I also was disappointed that Huifen played a smaller role. Overall, I thought the beginning to be okay, the middle a bit too descriptive, but the ending was really good. 3.5 rating! I look forward to reading the earlier books in this series!

Jan 15, 2019


Jan 06, 2019

I listen to audiobooks on my commute. when reading (hate the term absorbing for audiobooks) louise penny, I like to also read along so I can see how some of the French words are written. with 'a great reckoning' I got caught up in the story, read past where the audiobook left off, then was up until 2:30 a.m. because I couldn't bear to stop.
were the events that took place in 'a great reckoning ' planned earlier in the series? what amazing storytelling. I hope at least one of the characters returns, looking at you 'goth girl.'

Aug 26, 2018

Since this focuses on Three Pines and The Surete Academy, and bounces back and forth between the settings, it was a little frustrating to wait for the story to continue in one place or the other. But revisiting characters in Three Pines was rewarding, and hopefully some of the new characters will show up in future books. The mystery about the map was interesting, although not integral to the murder plot. There were a few too many outlandish coincidences that moved the action along in the right direction; but, as ever, the writing is good enough to overlook the faults.

Jul 30, 2018

Back at Three Pines to run the Academy that trains detectives, Inspector Gamache probes past scandals and finds himself a suspect in the murder he is using to teach. I love the mysterious map you can’t stop puzzling about and the way it becomes, like Gamache’s moralizing, a deep connection to place and fate. Too bad it takes some opening trusses before you get to midpoint when you can’t put the book down.

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