How the Light Gets In

Version: Unabridged
Author: Louise Penny
Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Genres: Detective Stories, Police Stories
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: August 2013
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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The ninth book in Louise Penny's New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
'There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.' -Leonard Cohen
Christmas is approaching, and in Qu├ębec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.
As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013
One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year
An NPR Best Book of 2013

Reviews (5)

Written by Michelle D on November 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Each book reminds me of home in different ways, - I love that. And just when I think the next book can't possibly be any better than the one I've just finished, I learn, once again, how wrong I can be ????

Written by Missy K on May 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another GREAT Inspector Gamache book! Very engaging story line with lots of old friends from Three Pines, as well as finally getting resolution to some old mysteries that have been hinted at along the way. Mr. Cosham is the embodiment of Gamache to me, he captures his strength and his gentleness so perfectly! Thank you Louise Penny for this wonderful series of books. They are smart, exciting and have so many characters that I have absolutely fallen in love with. And don't get me started on the food porn, lol ????. Definitely a five star book! ?? ????????

Written by Carmen L on April 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was selected by a member of my book club and I was a little skeptical when I read the story synopsis. I hadn't read any other books in the series. I also found it difficult to understand the narrator initially as his voice often trails off at the end of sentences. However, I became engrossed in the story and his voice interpretation. At the end of the book, there is an interview with the narrator. I learned then that he had narrated all the previous books and was in fact seen by many as the 'voice' of Inspector Gamache. Very entertaining.

Written by Aubrey Salinas on February 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was not sure how this one was going to end, but I liked the surprise!

Written by Sandra Mauws on December 9th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So glad it ended the way it did. It was an Awesome book, Louise Penney is the best. Narrator is the best. I will miss him

Author Details

Author Details

Penny, Louise

Louise Penny worked as an award-winning journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation before leaving to write crime fiction. Her first Three Pines mystery, "Still Life,""" won the New Blood Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. In the United States, it received the prestigious Anthony and Barry awards at Bouchercon 2007, as well as the Dilys Award for the book that the members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association most enjoyed selling. It was also named one of "Kirkus Reviews"' top ten mysteries of 2