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  • Bibliography:
    21 Books (1 Series)
  • First Book:
    July 2006
  • Latest Book:
    November 2024
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About the Author

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.

Full 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)
18 - A World of Curiosities (Dec-2022)
19 - The Grey Wolf (Nov-2024)

Book List in Order: 21 titles

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • “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...

  • 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 had been a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for pea...

  • 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...

  • Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets--and facing a few of his own ghosts. Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • #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 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel You’re a coward. Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache. ...

  • Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny returns with the eighteenth book in her popular series featuring Armand Gama...

  • The 19th mystery in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Armand Gamache series.Relentless phone calls interrupt the peace of a warm August morning in Three Pines. Though the tiny Québec village is impossible to find on any map, someone has managed to t...

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Louise Penny has published 21 books.

The next book by Louise Penny, The Grey Wolf, will be published in November 2024.

The first book by Louise Penny, Still Life, was published in July 2006.

Yes. Louise Penny has 1 series.