Saturday, August 22, 2015
For those who are looking for cafe au lait and brioche by the fire in the bistro, and quirky quips from Gabri and Ruth, they are there, but they are more solemn, more philosophical, and not as lighthearted as some readers may prefer.
No true Gamache fan would dare give away a plot, and it was for this reason that I even refrained from reading the little tidbits that Miss Louise doled out over the last couple months. I wanted to read the entire book cover to cover so that I could feel the building tension, keep my mind spinning with all the marvelous possibilities Penny builds into her stories, and sit back with a grand sigh of satisfaction when the last page is read. Once again , she does not disappoint. The characters are the same (but they continue growing), the setting is the same (Three Pines after all is another character), and there is a murder. But the plot, the motivations, the murder itself, and the side/subplots are just new and different enough to make the reader, and the true fan say "She's still at the top of her game." It's magnificent. Don't miss it.
Many thanks to the publisher for making a review copy available. I ordered a copy of the audio version from Audible, and can't wait to download it on publication day. The divine Miss P's books are always good for a re--read and a listen.
Title: The Nature of the Beast
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur Books (2015), 384 pages
Genre: Mystery - police procedural
Subject: crime solving a current murder and a possible future Armageddon
Setting: fictional village of Three Pines
Series: Chief Inspector Gamage Novels #11
Source: electronic ATC from publisher via Edelweiss
Why did I read this book now? I couldn't wait any longer.
Posted by Tina at 12:00 AM