Series: #13 in the Armand Gamache (Three Pines) series
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 13 hours, 37 minutes
From the publisher:
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 falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.
In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping audiobook, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
I’m still listening to this series at book 13 so obviously, I think it’s a good series. I’ve never read the print editions. The audios narrated by Ralph Cosham until his death after book ten and Robert Bathurst since then are wonderful.
This one starts near the end of the story and then moves back to the beginning and alternates timelines the rest of the way. You don’t find out who has been murdered until partway through the book. It’s difficult to say much more about the plot without giving away too much.
It’s difficult to write a mystery series set at least much of the time in a small village without getting repetitive. Somehow this one is yet a different type of story than others in the series. Yes, there are things that are familiar from other books because the supporting cast is involved.
Robert Bathurst is an excellent narrator and now that I’ve listened to three books he’s narrated he’s managed to feel like the right voice for the series just as much as Ralph Cosham did until he passed away. The audio edition I listened to included a conversation between Louise Penny and Robert Bathurst. What I found interesting is that she’s never listened to the books and he completely understood that it would interfere with her creations of the characters to do so.
These books can work as standalones but you’ll understand the ongoing stories if you start from the beginning with Still Life.
4.5/5 for the book
4.5/5 for the narration