Louise Penny is an award-winning journalist who worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her bestselling first mystery, Still Life, was the winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards; and her second, A Fatal Grace, won the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal where she writes, skis, and volunteers.

Book List in Order: 20 titles



  • Instant #1 New York Times BestsellerAARP The Magazine – Recommended Summer ReadingCNN – A Most Anticipated Book of AugustBustle – A Most Anticipated Book of AugustChief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestse...



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    The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinn...



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    Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny. I...



  • 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, ...



  • #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, Louise Penny brings her “nerve and skill -- as well as heart” (Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post) to selecting the best short mystery and crime fiction of the yea...



  • When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow fall...



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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 ...



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    Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly bel...







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    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm...



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    Christmas is approaching, and in Quebec 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 b...



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    LOUISE PENNY RETURNS WITH A STUNNING WORK OF FICTION THAT CONTINUES TO EXPRESS HER DEPTH OF STORYTELLING AND LYRICISM THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY Echoes of cloistered monks' ancient chant resonate deep in the wilderness surrounding Quebec's Saint-Gi...



  • On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and...



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    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebratio...



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    It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache hascome not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the ap...



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    Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, C...



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    The outskirts of Three Pines might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming... It is the height of summer, and Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their wedding anniversary at an isolated, luxurious inn not far fro...



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    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village of Three Pines. But not everything is meant to return to life... When a group of villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a seance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil--un...



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    Welcome back to Three Pines, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas...and murder. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to investigate a woman's murder, it doesn't take long for him to realize that no love wa...







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    As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving day, the homes of Three Pines come to life -- all except one... Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death ...


Complete Series List in Order

Chief Inspector Gamache

1) Still Life (Jul-2006)
2) A Fatal Grace / Dead Cold (May-2007)
3) The Cruelest Month (Mar-2008)
4) A Rule Against Murder / The Murder Stone (Jan-2009)
5) The Brutal Telling (Oct-2009)
6) Bury Your Dead (Oct-2010)
6.5) The Hangman (Dec-2011)
7) A Trick of the Light (Sep-2011)
8) The Beautiful Mystery (Sep-2012)
9) How the Light Gets in (Sep-2013)
10) The Long Way Home (Sep-2014)
11) The Nature of the Beast (Aug-2015)
12) A Great Reckoning (Sep-2016)
13) Glass Houses (Sep-2017)
14) Kingdom of the Blind (Dec-2018)
15) A Better Man (Sep-2019)
16) All the Devils Are Here (Sep-2020)
17) The Madness of Crowds (Aug-2021)

Award-Winning Books by Louise Penny

All the Devils Are Here
2020 Agatha Award -- Contemporary Novel
The Beautiful Mystery
2012 Agatha Award -- Novel
2013 Anthony Award -- Novel
2013 Audies -- Mystery
2013 Macavity Award -- Mystery Novel
The Brutal Telling
2009 Agatha Award -- Novel
2010 Anthony Award -- Novel
Bury Your Dead
2010 Agatha Award -- Novel
2011 Anthony Award -- Novel
2011 Dilys Award -- Mystery Novel
2011 Macavity Award -- Mystery Novel
The Cruelest Month
2008 Agatha Award -- Novel
A Fatal Grace / Dead Cold
2007 Agatha Award -- Novel
Glass Houses
2017 Agatha Award -- Contemporary Novel
A Great Reckoning
2016 Agatha Award -- Contemporary Novel
2017 Macavity Award -- Mystery Novel
The Nature of the Beast
2016 Anthony Award -- Audiobook
Still Life
2007 Anthony Award -- First Novel
2007 Dilys Award -- Mystery Novel
A Trick of the Light
2012 Anthony Award -- Novel