Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition.
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"The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250066206
Branch Call Number: FIC PENNY
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 25 cm.


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Apr 22, 2020

Its always a pleasure to return to Three Pines and I am glad Louise chose to return. This book ,however, was not my favorite. There were a lot of storylines going at once and I found it a bit exhausting. There were the usual twists and turns and a lot of blindness going on. I've read all of this series and at the end of the book it seems that a lot of the characters are moving on, so I'm curious to see what Louise Penny does next. If she returns to Three Pines, I'll be there too.

Oct 16, 2019

For those that have followed the characters around Gamache, this continues the development of their personalities and relationships. Gamache is suspended when his superiors question his decisions that allowed an opiate to enter Canada. Meanwhile, he has been named one of three executors of a woman's estate, a person he does not know. All of this stresses his relationship with his son-in-law, who is also a high-ranking policeman.

Oct 13, 2019

First book I have read by this author. It was a good mystery and there was a great deal of SNOW. I got a little confused with all the characters. I think many of them were friends and neighbors. It's age, I guess.

Aug 19, 2019

Sadly my patience has run out. I could not get through the first chapter. Too many crappy words in so few sentences. I have long been irked by the editor whose knowledge of the French language is sophomoric at best. Even I could not believe the number of errors right off the bat.
As someone who has to remind Americans that they are bound by language rules on a daily basis ( No, there is no town named Three Rivers in Québec), I just do not wish to encounter mediocre spelling and grammar on my down-time. So I closed the book, never to return. Merde!

Start by reading her acknowledgements at the end of the book and the influence of her late husband Michael in Gamache 's character. A wonderful read, adding to the depth of already complex characters from earlier novels. And I do like her insouciant literary references to poetry and philosophy throughout her narratives. Condolences on the death of her husband but grateful that she has picked up her pen to keep writing about Three Pines.

Jul 17, 2019

Patiently waited to finally get this and, while it kept me reading fairly quickly, I didn't find it as good as some of her others. Basically, Gamache is racing against time to find a shipment of lethal drugs he let loose in last novel... this is the back story. The 'primary' story is the settling of a will of an unknown person by three seemingly randomly chosen people (Gamache being one) and of course, a murder that occurs during this. The secondary characters are all there and as quirky as ever and it's an easy read but, for me, a bit predictable and not as gripping as some of her others.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 14, 2019

One little Rosa spoiler ahead.

I love these novels. When I finally got this off the wait-list at the library everything else got dropped, and it was totally worth it. If you already love the series, you'll be pleased with this latest installment. Penny's writing is that perfect combination of the elevated and earthy, ruminating on the meaning of poetry one moment and then suddenly Gamache's grandson's first word comes out, and if you know he's been hanging out with Ruth and the duck, you can probably guess what it is.

I really enjoyed the primary mystery of the Duchess and her will, and all the tangled skeins that came with it. It's always a pleasure, on reflection to realize how intricate her plotting is. We begin with the mystery of why these three specific people are chosen as executors of the Duchess' will. Then we get a dead body, some more monetary-mysteries, an overseas call that is hysterical, a silly hat and an ex-girlfriend. There's so much detail, that it's like a quilt.

Less pleasing through its lack of realism is her dip into the netherworld of Montreal as Choquet is ejected from the Surete Academy and returns to her life of using. Choquet is truly "the one eyed man" in this kingdom of the blind, as people begin to follow her like she's the second coming. What is that all about? I will also say that I saw Choquet's ending at, oh, the very start of the book. Penny made a lazy move there because it has become one of her go-tos. I also have to say her view of drugs is very, mmm, former-addict-standard. All drugs are bad. Everyone who uses drugs will wind up doing unsavory things with unsavory people in unsavory alleys, and then they will all die horrible deaths.

But that was it from critical me. The rest was butter. As always, her character development, is top-notch as we see Gamache's neighbors and co-workers continue on with their lives. As someone else mentioned, reading a Gamache novel is like catching up with family.

Jul 05, 2019

one of my favorites of an excellent series, like a slow-cooked boeuf bourguignon and a crusty baguette slathered in fresh batter. some interesting new characters join the regulars from three pines. so happy that penny decided to continue the series after the passing of her beloved husband.

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