A Better Man (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #15) by Louise Penny

A Better Man (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #15)

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Surete du Quebec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny. It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middl...

Details A Better Man (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #15)

TitleA Better Man (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #15)
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cultural, Canada, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook

Reviews A Better Man (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #15)

  • Diane S ☔
    Everytime I start reading a Louise Penny novel I am confronted with a dilemma. Do I read it quickly because really I don't want to put it down, or do I read it slowly because I don't want it to end? How does she do it? This is the 15th I the Three Pines series and it keeps getting better and better. In this one, I my opinion, she outdid herself, combining some important issues of the day, with an outstanding, difficult to solve mystery. The issue...
  • Paromjit
    Louise Penny is a treasure when it comes to the world of crime fiction, this is a stunning addition to this stellar series set in the village of Three Pines in Quebec, Canada, featuring the incomparable and wise Chief Inspector Gamache, having now been demoted by those more spineless, self serving and ambitious, wanting to besmirch the reputation of a man they perceive as having too much power and a threat. They never expected Gamache to accept t...
  • JanB
    In the midst of a threat from devastating Spring floods, Vivienne Godin, 25 and pregnant, is missing, her father is frantic, and her drunken, abusive husband, Carl Tracey, is suspected at having a hand in her disappearance. As the father of a daughter the same age, Gamache finds himself increasingly unable to stay objective as they search for the missing woman. Mistakes are made. A side plot included vicious social media attacks on Gamache for hi...
  • Esil
    Our date came a bit early this year, Armand, which makes it bitter sweet. Sweet because I got to catch up with you and our friends in Three Pines a little earlier in the summer than usual. Bitter because our time together is already over until next year.I found this year’s dose of Louise Penny got off to a slow start. Armand Gamache is struggling, as usual, with his place in the Quebec police, and the mystery at the centre of A Better Man focus...
  • Marialyce
    2.5 starsI have always been a Louise Penny enthusiastic reader and always awaited her new books with lots of anticipation and happiness. So I am totally bummed that I didn't like this book as much as I had hoped. I know that different readers have contrasting reactions to stories and in that we see how people are different in what they read and feel. It makes reading a book so very interesting because we can view divergent opinions and ways of lo...
  • Carolyn
    *4.5* stars. It is always a joy to read a new book by Louise Penny, and to be transported to her stellar creation, the fictional village of Three Pines, Quebec and its residents. I not only appreciate the atmospheric storytelling where I can visualize the place and people, but I want to live there. I feel that I already know the villagers. This is the 15th book set in Three Pines, and the author has maintained her usual high quality. These books...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: "Merde."Inspector Armand Gamache may be bruised by the events of the past, but he is not beaten. He may no longer have the authority he once did, as evidenced by those in charge ignoring his recommendation to keep citizens safe from the rising river waters due to torrential rains, but he still has the respect of the team who once reported to him, and of his son-in-law and temporary superior, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. A fellow officer is ...
  • Judy
    Louise Penny really generates some great crime fiction and I enjoyed this book. The continuing characters are once again solving a murder in Three Pines, Quebec, Canada. This time a young woman married to a known abusive husband, is killed. Jean-Guy Beauvoir is in charge of the investigation. Gamache is working with him, but was demoted from and is now in charge of Homicide. The usual Three Pines residents are still around, Ruth Zardo, the foul-m...
  • Emma
    She has done it again. With a vengeance. 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 plots. But Louise Penny doesn’t. Not ever. A Better Man is here to prove it. Once more....VERDICT: Louise Penny is a mystery in herself. Once again, for this #15 i the series, she managed to deliver a unique book, with an original plot. And red herring...
  • ✨Susan✨
    Armand Gamache is not in charge in this book but he is still the one everyone looks to for guidance and correct procedure. A murder investigation is hindered by a great flood, the likes of, only seen every 100 years. All the regular characters are represented but I wish that there were more interactions between the Three Pines crew that I have grown to love and enjoy so much. A good ending earned this addition the fourth star for me. Another budd...
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    Her best one yet. Review to come.
  • Kat Dietrich
    4.5 starsA Better Man by Louise Penny is the 15th in the Detective Armand Gamache/Three Pines series.First, let me thank Edelweiss, the publisher Minotaur Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie moved to the small village of Three Pines...
  • Melissa
    Penny is the most exquisite writer. Her turns of phrase are simply perfection, and her plots never fail to keep me thoroughly engaged and captivated. This is the 15th book in this series, and I'm not tired of these characters, in fact I have grown more and more fond of them over the years. They feel like members of my family at this point. These characters are so real. They make big mistakes, but forgiveness is big as well. I am so sad I have to ...
  • Roman Clodia
    A build-up of trouble that had broken its banks, thought Reine-Marie. And the young woman was taken at the flood. After a slightly disappointing previous entry in Penny's series, this is much better but still perhaps not up to her best - it's hard to keep characters in play and developing over so many books and here the Three Pines stalwarts provide some quirk but are effectively side-lined much of the time which is a shame. At the centre of the ...
  • Lou
    A Better Man is the fifteenth book in the exquisite and highly underrated Inspector Armand Gamache series set in the village of Three Pines in Quebec, Canada. What is special about Penny's books is that she is never afraid to explore moral dilemmas, deeper topics and give social commentary, and this instalment is no exception. It's character-driven rather than plot-driven and the cast are varied with three-dimensionality and superbly developed pe...
  • Heather
    I have enjoyed every book in this series, but some of them felt more like "coming home" to Three Pines than others, and this one was like that for me. This book is set back in Three Pines with the villagers with moments in Montreal, as always. Some of the aspects that I love the most in this series were especially present in this book:1) A lot of time with Gamache, Beauvoir, and Lacoste as a team (especially pertinent in this novel as things migh...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    picked up the latest book in the Inspector Gamache series from the library on pub day last week. (Not so humble brag). Every time I start a new Louise Penny book my inner dialogue says, "Slow down, savor it! You'll have to wait a year for the next one." This time I succeed better than in the past and spread it out over a couple of days.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I adore this series. Yes- the series starts a bit slow. But in my opinion it is worth...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of A Better Man, the fifteenth novel to feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté de Québec.Gamache has returned to Homicide after a demotion working for his son-in-law and former deputy, Jean Guy Beauvoir, whom he will replace in a fortnight. He accepts the case of looking for missing woman, Vivienne Godin, as a favour to another teammate. Meanwhile...
  • karen Moore
    I was SO disappointed by this book. I have loved this series, and have been looking forward to "A Better Man" for months, and it was just such a let-down. Her writing style seemed to change, and this book is filled with sentences. Broken up. Into multiple sentences. For no reason. So, so many sentence fragments. I do that occasionally, in texts, to emphasize a point, but doing it constantly throughout the book makes the technique lose all sense o...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    A better man or a bitter man?In #15 of the Chief Inspector Gamache series, A Better Man, a dangerous spring flood causes the river to rise, social media displays its cruel side, and the search for a missing woman intensifies. Meanwhile, life is complicated for Gamache who returns to the Surete du Quebec as second-in-charge and reports to Beauvoir.Typical of Louise Penny’s stories, the setting of Three Pines is a safe haven, cases are complicate...
  • Cat
    Emotional rollercoasterOnce again, a novel of great respect for the human psyche. The recurring residents of Three Pines could have had more time, but that’s just because I love each and every one. All of Louise Penny’s characters are unique, flawed and intelligent. She shows the underbelly of disgusting acts and this book is no different. I tried to read this volume slower, to make it last longer. But as usual, there is a point where I canno...
  • Judy
    I don't read many mysteries anymore. I resisted starting this series even though plenty of people recommended it. Somehow I ended up reading the tenth in the series and was hooked. I started with the first, which is the weakest in my opinion and got caught up in no time. I reread that tenth one and got a lot more out of it. A Better Man, however, is a good place to start if you've never read this series. It is written as a pretty straightforward ...
  • Renee
    The first Louise Penny book Still Life was published in 1990. I didn't 'discover' this series until Book #10, The Long Way Home(2014), and not realizing it was a series, I read it and fell in love with Three Pines, all the quirky characters, and the author's writing style. I had 9 prior books to enjoy, so that year flew by until another book was released.It is now time for Book #15, A Better Man, and I can honestly say it was lovely to spend some...
  • Lisa Wright
    In two weeks Jean-Guy and Gamache's daughter and grandchild will leave for Paris. For good. Until then Gamache, who has accepted a demotion back to Chief Inspector, will be his subordinate. But those issues are swept aside by catastrophic flooding, a horrific social media smear campaign, and a missing woman with an abusive husband. Never a dull moment in Quebec or Three Pines as everyone is racing time and the elements. With so much provocation w...
  • Annette
    I adored Louise Penny's early books -- read them in print and listened in audiobook whilst driving. The hole in the ceiling where the rain gets in... occurred last year with Kingdom of the Blind. This year, the coup de grace, A Better Man. My admiration for Louise Penny and her creation of Three Pines and its inhabitants -- around which I built a wonderful vacation last year, traveling a great distance to get to know the eastern townships (highly...
  • Julie Durnell
    Another excellent Armand book! This cast of characters are so multi-layered and well drawn-each book gives a little more insight to their lives. The series gets better with each new release, no mean feat in the book world today. I tried to read this one slowly but gobbled it up over the holiday weekend!
  • Ellen
    My favorite one yet!
  • Morgan Tallman
    This is the only book in this series I’ve not listened to the audio version of, but its also my new favorite in the series. When a series gets to 15 books, it can be hard to pick a favorite (books 5, 9, 11, 13 - you’re all still runners up), but this book was closure. Not on the series, because I believe there’s more coming, but on storylines that have been building for the previous 15 books. We see relationships end, relationships begin, s...
  • Marci
    We saw more of Three Pines in this offering than the last book, but I am sad to say I did not really care much for this story. I found myself frustrated and yelling no! far too often toward the end. How could this storm/thawing be such a big part at the beginning to just fizzle away? And these are the best of the best in the Surete, yet we do not know who the guy at the end of the wrong number’s sister was? We see them focus on a single culprit...