Louise Penny
Award-Winning and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of 15 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.


Before she began writing in her forties, Louise Penny embarked on an 18-year career as a radio host and journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, working in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and Quebec City. She entered her first novel, Still Life, in the “Debut Dagger” competition in the United Kingdom and placed in second. The novel won other awards, including the “New Blood” Dagger award in the United Kingdom, the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada for best first crime novel, and the Barry Award for Best First Novel in the United States. The book was eventually adapted into a film and aired on CBC TV in 2013.


Her novels follow Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, who was created in the image of several people Louise meet throughout her life, as he digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finds long-buried secrets, and faces a few of his own ghosts. The novels in the series are Still Life, A Fatal Grace/Dead Cold, The Cruelest Month, A Rule Against Murder/The Murder Stone, The Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, How the Light Gets In, The Long Way Home, The Nature of the Beast,  A Great Reckoning, Glass Houses, Kingdom of the Blind, A Better Man, and the forthcoming All the Devils are Here. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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A Better ManA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

Kingdom of the BlindA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

Why would a complete stranger name Detective Chief Armand Gamache one of the executors of her will? The will is so bizarre and includes such wildly unlikely bequests that Gamache suspects the woman was downright delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a dead body turns up in town, the terms of the will suddenly seem far more menacing.

Minotaur Books

In Glass Houses, 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.

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When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

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A Long Way HomeA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."

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How The Light Gets InA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.

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The Beautiful MysteryA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing.

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A Trick of the Light A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow’s garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara’s solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

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Bury Your Dead A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong.

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The Brutal TellingA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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Gamache follows a trail of clues and treasures—from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spiderweb with a word mysteriously woven in it—into the woods and across the continent, before returning to Three Pines to confront the truth and the final, brutal telling.

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Still LifeA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods.

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A Fatal GraceA Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Minotaur Books

CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone in the hamlet of Three Pines, right up to the moment she died. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache begins his investigation, it seems like an impossible murder: CC was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in front of the entire town, during the annual curling tournament.

Murder for a Living Louise Penny talks about writing crime novels and how her personal experiences feed the plots, the characters, and the themes of her novels.
The Character of Crime Louise Penny talks about the inspirations for her characters and their actions--from the most vile to the remarkable.

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Praise for How the Light Gets In

“Set in a Quebec village, Penny’s Inspector Gamache mysteries have ingenious plots, intriguing characters, and croissants. Delicious.”
- People Magazine

Praise for The Long Way Home

"Pilcher weaves a wonderful story filled with love, deceit, and friendship that is reminiscent of his mother Rosamunde’s work."
- Booklist

"An agreeable tale of friendship—broken and mended—set in the Scottish countryside."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Pilcher's sweet story of a past reconciled is warm and touching."
- RT Book Reviews