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Louise Penny

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Born in 1958, Canadian crime novelist Louise Penny is best known for her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series set in the fictional town of Three Pines, located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Raised in Toronto, Penny grew up reading mystery novels by Agatha Christie and Georges Simenon, amoRead moreng other renowned writers in the genre. After graduating with a degree in broadcasting, Penny worked for 18 years at the CBC as a journalist and radio host.

Penny met her husband Dr. Michael Whitehead in 1994; two years later they married, and Penny left the CBC to pursue fiction. Initially she wrote historical fiction, but struggled with the genre and eventually refocused on writing a mystery novel. Her debut book, Still Life, was published in 2005 to instant acclaim, winning the prize for best debut novel from both the British Crime Writers' Association and the Crime Writers of Canada.

Still Life featured Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and set in the picturesque Canadian town of Three Pines and follows the investigations of Gamache and his team at the Sûreté du Québec. Penny continued to write novels featuring Gamache set in Three Pines, releasing at least one annually since 2007. She has kept up this prodigious pace even through 2021 when in addition to the Three Pines mystery The Madness of Crowds she published a standalone thriller, State of Terror, co-authored with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had long admired Penny's Inspector Gamache novels.

Three Pines, a TV series based on Penny's books featuring Alfred Molina as Chief Inspector Gamache, debuted in 2022. While the episodes follow the plots of the books, covering one book over two episodes, the screen adaptation includes a secondary storyline concerning Gamache's investigation into the disappearance of a young woman.

In 2013 Penny was made a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2017 the Toronto-born author was made a Member of the Order of Quebec—for her many mystery novels set in the Eastern Townships of the province. She has lived in the area, about 100 km outside of the city of Montreal, for several years.

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  • The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 4-6

    A Rule against Murder, The Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series series Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and have enthralled millions of readers.Featuring Chief Inspector of Homicide Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, these extraordinary novels are here together for the first time in a fabulous ebook bundles.A Rule ... Read more

    $25.58 USD

  • The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 1-3

    Still Life, A Fatal Grace, and The Cruelest Month

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series series Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and have enthralled millions of readers.Featuring Chief Inspector of Homicide Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, these extraordinary novels are here together for the first time in a fabulous ebook bundle.Still ... Read more

    $27.18 USD

  • The Grey Wolf

    A Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 19 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    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 track down Armand Gamache, head of homicide at the Sûreté, as he sits with his wife in their back garden. Reine-Marie watches with increasing unease as ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

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  • The Armand Gamache Series, Books 1-12

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series series Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and enthralled millions of readers.Featuring Chief Inspector of Homicide Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, these extraordinary novels are together for the first time in a fabulous ebook bundle.Still Life--Gamache and his ... Read more

    $108.70 USD

  • The Nature of the Beast

    A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 11 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny.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 believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Kingdom of the Blind

    A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 14 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA December 2018 Indie Next PickOne of Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2018 PicksBookPage Best of the Year 2018A LibraryReads Pick for November 2018A LibraryReads Hall of Fame WinnerWashington Post's 10 Books to Read This NovemberOne of PopSugar’s Best Fall Books to Curl Up With“A captiva... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 7-9

    A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, How the Light Gets In

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series series Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and have enthralled millions of readers.Featuring Chief Inspector of Homicide Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, these extraordinary novels are here together for the first time in a fabulous ebook bundles.A Trick of ... Read more

    $28.78 USD

  • All the Devils Are Here

    A Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 16 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPARADE MAGAZINE – ONE OF FALL'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKSAARP'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF FALLCRIMEREADS – ONE OF THE BEST TRADITIONAL MYSTERIES OF THE YEARGLOBE AND MAIL - TOP 100 BOOKS OF THE YEARCHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR - ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEARKIRKUS REVIEWS - ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES/THRILLERS OF THE YEARLIBRARY JOURNAL - ONE OF THE BEST CRIME ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • A World of Curiosities

    A Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 18 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAgatha Award Winner for Best Contemporary NovelChief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.But something has.As the ... ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Glass Houses

    A Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 13 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick!**“Penny’s absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace.” —PEOPLE“Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries.” —The New York Times Book Review“You won't want Louise Penny's latest to end….Any plot summary of Penny’s novels inevitably falls ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Brutal Telling

    A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 5 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    The wise and beleaguered Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines The Brutal Telling, the fifth book in Louise Penny's #1 New York Times bestselling series.Chaos is coming, old son.With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier's Bistro—including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Long Way Home

    A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    by Louise Penny ...
    Series Book 10 - Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Louise Penny's The Long Way Home is an intriguing Chief Inspector Gamache Novel.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 in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a ... Read more

    $11.99 USD