Up to now, this been a pretty good series of stories from Penny. This one, not so much. The ability of nearly everyone in the story to read all the hidden meanings in the paintings was more than a bit far fetched. In fact, the almost annoying ability that each character has to read something different in just about anything anyone said, or some opposite meaning in every look, glance, or movement was really overplayed. And for crying out loud, every one of these characters is \"wounded\" in some way and they are always seeking but never quite finding \"healing.\" Please! What a bunch of depressing sad sacks. Get over yourselves.
I love this series and the author. However, this particular book was a disappointment. I have found that reading each book and then listening to it on audio at a later time brings out the author’s skill with language and storytelling. Such was not the case with this book. I’ll continue to read everything she writes!
I was super disappointed in this book! I usually don’t want the books to end but! not so with this. I found it tedious and boring. I loved some parts here and there but I really didn’t care about most of what was going on The end was not a complete shock, I admit I saw it coming for some time. I had a very hard time finishing this one. Hopefully the next will be better, albeit without Ralph Cosham who is Chief Inspector Gamache.
Addictive! What a fantastic series. Best read in order. Ralph Chosham brings Louise Penny’s characters to life. Gamache and Three Pines and all.
One of the suspense series I've listened too.
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