Glass Houses

Glass Houses

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250066190
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,25 cm.


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Penny's taut 13th novel opens at a murder trial in a Montreal courtroom. Penny uses a hilarious Halloween costume party and an ancient legend to set the scene for murder. The familiar, sometimes eccentric, denizens of Three Pines and Gamache's loyal investigative team help propel the plot to an... Read More »

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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


The residents of Three Pines have had their share of grief in the past and have recovered. But how will they ever recover after the events that take place in this novel?

It all starts with a mysterious figure, hooded and clothed in black, who takes up a position in the village center of Three Pines. The figure neither gestures nor moves yet conveys a sense of evil that is almost palpable.

Armand is asked to intervene, but what can he do when no crime is being committed? And then someone is murdered – and the flood-gates open!

The novel covers a six-month span between the events of the murder and the trial of the accused. During this time, Armand Gamache struggles with his conscience as he knows that he was the catalyst for many of the events that unfolded during this time.

Penny has woven an intricate plot that supersedes anything that she has written before. Her characters are as real to us as if they lived right next door and we readers are sitting next to them in that courtroom as the trial unfolds.

An amazing mystery from this incredible writer!

Dec 27, 2019

I love Three Pines and all the characters that live there. Although a fictional village, Three Pines is a representation of community that is increasingly lacking in today's society. Louise Penny tackles the opioid probem, as well as deeper things such as conscience, and what a person might do for the greater good.

Nov 07, 2019

Love the story and mystery. I have read several over the last few months and have discovered a thread running through them--the importance of family and friends. After the first noveI, I was a little confused with all the characters--especially those in Three Pines, but by now I've grown to love all of them for the support and loyalty and even the "quirkiness".

Oct 29, 2019


Oct 23, 2019

My first Inspector Gamache story reminded me a great deal of the Georges Simenon’s Maigret series. Very much like Maigret, Gamache has a slow methodical and cerebral process to his investigation. His experience precedes him into this new (and quiet) residence which he and his wife are now living. And even though the local villagers are perplexed up to a breaking point, they don’t panic and act crazy during this “village harassment” situation until one resident is found dead and wearing the harassment-garment. The admirable residents start self-reflecting while others try to help the inspector out only to find out there is a more complex and globally sinister crime being undertaken.

May 22, 2019

My first Louise Penny read. Very enjoyable. Already on to more. I like the timeline flipping from the past to the present.

May 21, 2019

I had difficulty getting "into" the story. I lost interest and abandoned the book in the first quarter.

Mar 12, 2019

Worth your time!
Penny sets the scenes so well you can smell the pines, and feel the cold and snow on your face (or the heat of the courtroom.) The Cobrador gets under your skin early and is a fantastic part of the murder mystery. My first Louise Penny book, and not my last. Enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2019

I found this one better than some of the more recent ones. I thought Penny was clever in how she wove the story together through various timelines… if not done well, it's too contrived and confusing in my opinion but in this case, I found it to be very effective and added to the exciting build up of the mystery. I also liked this one better than some in the past because the quirkiness of the characters wasn't 'over the top' as I've found it to be in previous books.
The story was about drug trafficing plus a 'revenge' killing from years in the past. As usual (essentially in all but her first two books), Penny has the reader focus on a current murder but is also telling or building a 'back story' which is actually more the focus of the story. But, again, I feel she does this really well... and it's very very smart because it keeps everyone reading the whole series. However, ironically, this book could 'stand alone' more easily than others, in my opinion.

Feb 03, 2019

I can't help think of the "Magpie Murders" in that the author becomes fed up with his all knowing main character, much like Gamache has become. Not a great read.

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Coarse Language: Most of the characters use a form of the "f" word.

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