All the Devils Are Here

All the Devils Are Here

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"The 16th novel ... finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light. On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life. When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d'Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art. It sends them deep into the secrets Armand's godfather has kept for decades. A gruesome discovery in Stephen's Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized. Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family. For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide"--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781250145239
Characteristics: 439 pages ;,25 cm.


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Oct 19, 2020

I've read this book and have checked it back in so please remove it from my requested list.
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Oct 16, 2020

I liked the plot of this story set in Paris more than the ones set in Quebec, especially since the poet, Ruth and her duck, whom I find annoying, were almost absent from the text. Armand's whole family gets involved in this story from his son and daughter, Annie and her police hubby, Daniel and his family, to his stepfather Stephen whose discovery is the crux of this plot which concerns the power of corporations. Interestingly, on a search of this title in the library's database, another book with the same title showed up in the results, but this one was about the financial crash of 2008 involving financial moguls in New York and their government bail-out. Penny's police procedural book is a page turner becoming more so as the plot crashes to the concluding chapter. The author continues her themes of love and safety found in family members in this book along with corruption in high places. Looks like the bunch will be together in Three Pines and Montreal for the next book on similar themes.

Oct 14, 2020

With the birth of their daughter Annie’s baby due soon the Gamache’s head to Paris for a family reunion with both their children, their families and Armand’s godfather Stephen Horowitz. After dining one evening Stephen departs on his own and while crossing the street gets run down by a van, seemingly intentionally.

Loved the setting and the history in this installment, which told me more of Armand’s backstory than I knew or remembered! This was a story of family relationships, very different from some in the series although still a puzzling whodunit. Since I’m not a huge fan of the Three Pines neighbors I’d count this a particular Penny favorite.

Oct 12, 2020

It is almost bittersweet to start a new Louise Penny novel. After waiting for a year to discover what is happening next to the characters you have become so involved with you know that in about eight hours of reading you will be back to having to patiently waiting again.
Louise Penny is an amazing author and her characters have become like old friends. This book did not disappoint, it was excellent.

Oct 07, 2020

Can’t praise Ms. Penny enough. Well written and tightly constructed. There are no slow periods in this book. Within all the action we finally discover why Gamache’s son was so resentful of his father. An extremely satisfying book.

Sep 25, 2020

what a satisfying synchronicity. the title of a recently finished book is the first sentence of this one: hell is empty.
paris, the city of lights. a convoluted plot worthy of the da vinci code. nefarious villains. answers to unasked questions = another louise penny that was devoured when it should have been savored.

Sep 21, 2020

Louise Penny is my new favorite author! I couldn't put this book down. It's so well written and plotted, and it conveys such a wonderful depth of humanity. As a new LP reader, I'm looking forward to reading all of the previous Armand Gamache novels and re-reading this one at the end. What a treasure!

Sep 18, 2020

I have be been anticipating this book for months. And it did not disappoint. This may be one of my favorite of Penny's books. I think the idea of setting this book outside of Three Pines and Quebec was inspirational. She research took us to hidden part of Paris and to hidden parts of the lives of the Gamache family.

I am in awe of her ability to come up with extremely complicated plots. And the evil that exists to have the plots executed. The setting of Paris freed Armand and his family from the drama of Three Pines and I really enjoy the family story. The ending warmed my heart.

I am thankful that she continued to write after the death of her beloved Michael. There are two things that this author has done that I greatly respect. First, she has not drawn a map of Three Pines. She believes the map should be in the mind of each reader. She also has not sold the rights for the series to become a TV series.

Sep 14, 2020

I always wait with great impatience for the next Louise Penny Three Pines mystery. This one is particularly great because it reunites the entire Gamache family - his wife, Reine-Marie, daughter Annie who is about to give birth, her husband ( Armand's former partner at the Sûreté du Québec ) Jean-Guy Beauvoir , and Daniel the estranged son. The mystery is a great page-turner as always, but the only better setting in the world for this series than the village of Three Pines is Paris. I loved knowing where they were when they walked the city and what they could see.... The ending is so great that I actually cried from both sorrow and joy. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot recommend this series more highly - just start with the beginning. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 14, 2020

My favorite author and fabulous mystery writer, Louise Penny, plots out another great tale. Instead of Three Pines, we find our cast of characters in Paris, The City of Light. Jean-Guy and Annie await the birth of a daughter, their second child. Armand and Reine-Marie have come to celebrate this happy event and to see Daniel and his family. Walking home from a family celebration, Stephen Horowitz steps off the sidewalk and a car runs him down. A race to save and protect Stephen and the world plunges Armand into the depths of chaos and despair. Louise Penny employs Shakespeare with the book title and many memorable quotations and allusions throughout the book. The novel explores relationships among family and friends and the sense of loyalty and love and our ability to face despair and happiness. Thank you, Louise Penny, for supplying me with hours of reading pleasure.

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