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The catastrophic spring floods, blistering attacks in the media and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache when he returns to Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by the New York Times best-selling author, Louise Penny.

It is the first day of the return of Gamache as head of the homicide department, a job he shares temporarily with his previous second in command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Floods are increasing throughout the province. Amidst the turmoil, a father approaches Gamache, asking for help in finding his daughter.

As the crisis builds up over the crisis, Gamache tries to contain the invading chaos and realizes that Vivienne Godin's search must be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he is developing a deep, and perhaps reckless, empathy for his anguished father.

Increasingly harassed by the question, how would you feel ... resume the search.

As the rivers grow, and the attack of social networks against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

In the next novel in this "constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves" (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrible possibility and a burning question.

What would you do if your son's killer went free?

A Better Man by Louise Penny is the latest addition to the best-selling New York Times series starring Armand Gamache.

She has done it again. With revenge Take the same backwater in Québec, the same core of main characters, and write fifteen crime stories with that. You will probably end up with predictable frames. But Louise Penny doesn't. Never. A better man is here to prove it. Once again.

After experiencing difficult developments in his personal life, Louise Penny offers his readers a new book full of transitions: Jean-Guy Beauvoir has had enough of the pain received and inflicted in his work at the Sûreté de Québec. Now he is preparing to leave with his young family and settle in Paris.

Before that, he has to solve a final case, this time together with his father-in-law, Armand Gamache, who is preparing to return to his former position as head of Sûreté. After the most difficult months of his career. With everything that has happened together, this could become an explosive situation.

In addition, the murder they are investigating sounds too close to their own lives, challenging both of them to deal with it without getting emotionally involved. But can you remain neutral and detached when a father realizes that his pregnant daughter is found dead? And when your dearest one, your daughter or your wife, is pregnant?

Another character is at a crossroads. The painter Clara. Like Gamache, he has to face cruel reactions to his work on social networks. This could be the end of his career. Or a new beginning.

How will everyone get out of the current crisis? Like bitter people? Better people?

Will you survive your world? Three Pines, Québec, is definitely not a protected place. Climate change threatens him in this fifteenth volume of the series. With catastrophic floods.

Louise Penny is a mystery in itself. Once again, he managed to deliver a unique book, with an original plot. And red herring. And many turns and layers. Layers that are still more involved. If his latest books are about drugs in the city, he focuses on domestic violence. And violence through social networks.

At the same time, Three Pines fans have a new opportunity to enjoy Penny's great art by describing characters, the depth of human emotions and the landscape.

The sky was gray and vast and threatened with rain. Or sleet. Granules of ice or snow. The dirt road was covered with mud and mud. There were snow spots on the soaked grass. Villagers walking their dogs were grouped in rubber boots and wrapped in layers of clothing, hoping to keep April away from his skin and bones.

It was not possible. Somehow, having survived another very cold Canadian winter, early spring always caught them. It was the humidity. And the temperature changes. And the illusion and the illusion that it should already be softer.

The forest beyond rose like an army of winter ghosts, with skeletal arms hanging, limbs banging together in the breeze.

Woodsmoke left the old houses of stone, brick, and slats. A signal to a higher power. Send help Send heat Send a true spring and there are this sleet shit and freezing days and teasing. Days of snow and heat.

April in Québec was a month of cruel contrasts. From past sublime afternoons sitting outside under the bright sunlight with a glass of wine and then waking up to another foot of snow. A month of murmured curses, muddy boots and splattered cars, and dogs rolling, then shaking. So each main entrance was dotted with moles with mud. On the walls. On the roofs. On the floors. And the people

A couple of years ago, I was lucky to visit Knowlton, in Eastern Townships, one of the main places of inspiration for Three Pines. With its lake and picturesque old buildings and its home bookstore, it radiates peace and tranquility. Qualities reflected in the rhythm of A Better Man. Armand Gamache approaches his research with wisdom and contemplation.

It is true? He is sympathetic? Do you need to say it?

Armand is in no hurry. It takes time to look, feel and think. The writing style itself, with many short sentences and pauses, beautifully conveys the same atmosphere.

And yet, when the time has come, the book also contains suspenseful scenes that put the nerves on edge, where events rush too quickly towards the protagonists, with the violence of the Bella Bella River threatening to wrap the nearby villages.

Lovers of this series will also enjoy how the author integrated elements of previous books. And, of course, we find the same characters. Including the poet Ruth. And his pink duck, presented with small choruses, another nice little touch that helps keep all the threads together.

Reading another book by Louise Penny is like spending an annual time with good old friends. And age and experience have the potential to improve them. The only bitterness is that we will have to wait next year to meet them again.

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About the Author
LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the number 1 author of the New York Times and Globe and Mail sales success of fourteen novels by Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two of each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. In addition, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards and has been a finalist for an Edgar Award. She lives in a small town south of Montreal.

His first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys awards.

* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 - A Fatal Grace - Winner
o 2008 - The Cruelest Month - Winner
o 2009 - The Brutal Telling - Winner
o 2010 - Bury Your Dead - Winner
o 2013 - The Beautiful Mystery - Winner

* Arthur Ellis Award
o 2006 - Still-life - Winner Best crime novel
o 2011 - Bury Your Dead - Winner Best Criminal Novel

* Barry Award
o 2007 - Still-life - Best winner of the first novel

* Anthony Award
o 2007 - Still-life - Best winner of the first novel
o 2009 - The Brutal Telling - Winner of the best novel
o 2010 - Bury Your Dead - Winner of the best novel
o 2013 - The Beautiful Mystery - Winner of the best novel

* Macavity Award
o 2011 - Bury Your Dead - Winner of the best mystery novel
o 2013 - The Beautiful Mystery - Winner of the best mystery novel
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