Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Version: Unabridged
Author: Louise Penny
Narrator: Robert Bathurst
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: November 2018
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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**Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator**

'[Narrator Robert Bathurst] engages us completely...If you haven't listened to this series, start at once. You'll love your stay in Three Pines.' — AudioFile Magazine on A Great Reckoning

Kingdom of the Blind, the new Chief Inspector Gamache audiobook 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 other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder.

None of them had ever met the elderly woman.

The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing.

The investigation into what happened six months ago—the events that led to his suspension—has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception.

Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers.

As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.

Reviews (3)


Written by Sharon B. on January 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Only problem was that I did not read her previous books and there are spoilers in this one for earlier cases. I still enjoyed it and he reminds me of a Quebecois Vera. Love those procedurals with a twist. And the characters are such "characters."


Written by Hank W. on December 26th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have listened to all of Louise Penny’s books. A finer writer I have not yet encountered!


Written by Kathleen W. on December 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A decent story, but definitely not her best in the series. Also, while the narrator did a fine job, I would have preferred someone with a Canadian accent.

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