An eager Thanksgiving parade coordinator is shocked when a wealthy consultant is hired to analyze its finances.
Faced with teaching him that the parade means so much more to her than money, she finds herself reluctantly falling for him. Five teenagers in Shelbyville, Tennessee look to meet the actress Sondra Locke, who's returning to town for the local premiere of her big Hollywood movie. On their last night of Thanksgiving break, four old friends, now all college freshmen, realize their small town has more meaning than they ever imagined. The paper edits the stories to include titillation and a seductive flavor that mirrors the lives of the reporters to push boundaries.
The reporters take on increasingly bigger risque stories which leads to rivals, danger and intrigue.
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Rich and Julia, are a perfect young couple, preparing for their upcoming wedding. But then Julia discovers that Rich is hiding one huge hairy secret: when the moon is full, Rich transforms into a ferocious werewolf. But, there is a couple of items troubling Jules. One, Danny hasn't yet met her relatives and the wedding is getting closer. Even more bizarre is the fact that Danny insists on going camping, by himself, a couple of nights each month and refuses to let Julie go with him.
Strange again. Yet, one day, Julie puts her foot down. Her family is hosting a party for the couple next weekend and Danny must go. Dan tries throwing out various excuses but none work. So, go he must. Complicating matters also is an in-law of Jules who is an insipid television news reporter.
When the day arrives, everyone seems to have a great time at the party, although Danny has some odd answers. Yet, although Dan tries to break away from the house when he feels his time is near, Julie discovers his big secret, the only family member to do so. Whoa, this is a bit of a "hairy situation". Yet, after the initial shock, Jules is determined to find a way to save the man she loves. Will she be successful? What a darling romcom this is, with quite an unusual twist. The script has many funny lines and situations and an attractive young cast.
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Once again the author has spun a tale based on a real person and events out of Canada which made the main subject matter far more interesting and readable than if she had made it up. Another example where truth is stranger than fiction. Anyone who loves mysteries with great characters would love this series. View all 8 comments. I listened to the audiobook for the eleventh in Louis Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, as I usually do, and really missed narrator Ralph Cosham.
I was surprised the author chose a British actor to replace Cosham after he passed away. One of the joys of listening to this series for me was Cosham's wonderful French Canadian accent. As Chief Inspector Gamache is French Canadian it only makes sense to keep the narrator with the same accent. Tough to listen to was Ruth's voice. The Nature of the Beast is more centered around the finding of a weapon of mass destruction in the Three Pines forest rather than indepth character analysis.
Interesting that this is based on historic events as it seems so outlandish. I did enjoy seeing some of the town's long-buried secrets come out. Not a favorite, but still a big fan of the series. View all 12 comments. Aug 09, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: read , audiobook , mystery-suspense-thriller-horror. Either way, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would.
I rated the prior book 3 stars too, so I am really hoping this is not a downward trend for a series I have otherwise really enjoyed. Carolyn Hettich I absolutely agree. Fingers crossed for book 12 Oct 02, AM. Holly Carolyn wrote: "I absolutely agree. Fingers crossed for book 12" Yup!
I've been putting off picking it up because I'm nervous about being let down. But Carolyn wrote: "I absolutely agree. But then again, even if it does go downhill I won't regret having picked this series up because I pretty much loved 8 out of 11 of them so far - which is a good ratio. There he gets involved in a situation that has dire international implications The book provides enough background information to be read as a standalone. Gamache, his wife Reine-Marie, and their German Shepherd Henri are happily ensconced in the picturesque town, which is filled with endearing and eccentric people.
One of the most imaginative residents of Three Pines is nine-year-old Laurent Lepage. Laurent loves to explore the woods on his bicycle - with his trusty 'rifle' stick for protection - and always reports seeing otherworldly creatures and the like. So no one pays much attention when Laurent runs into the bistro one afternoon, with a story about seeing an enormous gun in the forest - manned by a monster.
The next day young Laurent is missing, and a feverish search reveals the boy's dead body in a ditch, presumably the result of a bike accident. But the scene looks 'iffy' to Chief Inspector Gamache, and Laurent's ever-present 'rifle' is missing. Gamache organizes a hunt for the stick, and lo-and-behold it's found beside a heavily camouflaged missile launcher - as big as a house - with a picture of a monster etched onto it.
Moreover, the barrel of the enormous gun is pointed toward the United States. What the hell??!! The CSIS employees - a dowdy woman and a nondescript man - claim to be paper pushers when they're at home Before long there's another murder in the village, and it becomes clear that someone is desperate to find the plans for the missile launcher, perhaps to sell them to a third world dictator. The police suspect that the current mayhem in Three Pines harks back to a time, decades before, when a number of Quebecois - including several from the village - worked in the weapons industry.
Most of these former munitions people seem to be dead, so the homicide cops and intelligence agents have their work cut out for them. It's not going to be easy to catch the killer and safeguard the plans for the super-gun. Gamache helps the investigation from the sidelines while he contemplates his future. This would probably be a good move, since some rude and disrespectful detectives - who were trained during the era of corruption - need ousting!!
Louise Penny's 'Chief Inspector Gamache' novels tend to be hit or miss for me , with the best ones combining a great mystery with lively interactions among the populace of Three Pines - accented by fun conversations, good food, and amusing scenes with Henri the German Shepherd. This book has a compelling mystery with international implications. Unfortunately, the characters don't shine in this story Though this isn't my favorite Louise Penny book, it's an okay mystery.
I'd recommend it to thriller buffs, especially fans of the 'Three Pines' series. View all 3 comments. Idyllic that is until a young boy finds something monstrous in the woods and a day later is found dead. Of course when Gamache's old colleagues arrive to investigate he is pulled into the search for the killer and the origins of the monster in the woods. The plot and villains involved seemed somewhat far fetched but according to the author is based on actual facts which is quite remarkable - like something you might expect from from a James Bond type evil villain.
Gamache's old proteges Isabelle and Jean-Guy are handling the investigations which move along somewhat slowly as the case becomes multi-layered but all comes to a high tension head as the various threads are pulled together at the last moment. There are hints that Gamache might be wondering what next? Retirement is pleasant but he is clearly itching to be more involved in the world again, so it will be interesting to see where the next book takes him. Aug 31, Shawn rated it did not like it Shelves: fiction-crime. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I had so hoped that Penny would return to what she does so well, detailing the relationships and psychology of her Three Pines characters. Alas, she once again seems to find it necessary to bring in the huge outer world, this time the world of international terrorism and arms dealers. Although the "super gun" and its creator were real, the idea that an actually-built example of it being found in the wilds of Quebec would be an earth-shaking event and that it would endanger the lives of "hundreds I had so hoped that Penny would return to what she does so well, detailing the relationships and psychology of her Three Pines characters.
Although the "super gun" and its creator were real, the idea that an actually-built example of it being found in the wilds of Quebec would be an earth-shaking event and that it would endanger the lives of "hundreds of thousands" is simply laughable. It would be dreadfully inaccurate and almost impossible to keep hidden. And there are so many much simpler ways in which, if one had one, to deliver a nuclear or biological weapon.
Also ridiculous is the idea that without the plans it would be impossible for anyone to build another such gun. And the idea that Gamache would countenance the extra-legal freeing of a psychotic serial murderer on the chance that he would lead them to the plans can only make one wonder what Gabri's been putting in his coffee. I think this is where I leave the series. View all 5 comments. Sam H You said so well exactly what I felt about this book. I really wanted to like it more - 10 was so unreadable. But this is the last Louise Penny for m You said so well exactly what I felt about this book.
But this is the last Louise Penny for me - the hyperbole is too much. Art work take take your breath away - I'm so tired of Clara's painting that it makes me gag. I live in a very small town - I can tell you, if someone built a Supergun that was so huge those powerful floodlights wouldn't light the top of it!!!! I love the characters, but I'm done. Live happily ever after everyone. Aug 26, Carol Jean rated it liked it. I used to like the books in this series a lot more.
This one begins promisingly with the question of whether a work of art should in any way be judged by the actions of its creator. But then it meanders off into a long story about a megagun which, frankly, lost my interest almost immediately. Penny's descriptions of her characters' emotional tizzies have always struck me as a bit melodramatic, and that flaw persists. There are some excellent tensions among the villains, but over all the book just I used to like the books in this series a lot more.
There are some excellent tensions among the villains, but over all the book just didn't engage me. In the village of Three Pines there once was a boy who cried wolf. Nine year old Laurent Lepage told tall tales.
Alien invasions, walking trees, dinosaurs spotted in the village. Hardly a day went by where he wasn't telling the residents of Three Pines one of his stories. And like the boy who cried wolf no one believed him. Including the story of a gun bigger than a house. When Laurent disappears and is later found dead retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache questions whether this time Laurent's In the village of Three Pines there once was a boy who cried wolf.
When Laurent disappears and is later found dead retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache questions whether this time Laurent's story is true and his death is not the accident it appears to be. Isabelle Lacoste, now Chief Inspector, and Jean Guy Beauvoir, Gamache's former second in command, are called in and begin their investigation. Of course Armand is involved.
Lacoste and Beauvoir keep him informed as a courtesy. As for Gamache himself he questions whether in dismissing Laurent's story he may have played a part in the tragedy that followed. When a "supergun" is found in the woods outside the village the story takes a turn from a simple murder investigation to espionage and arms race. Even Saddam Hussein has a part in the story. The core characters in most stories in this series are there and there are some new characters including a retired professor and a couple of file clerks with Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS.
Not everyone is who they first appear to be. After all everyone has a past and their secrets. Unlocking those secrets may be key to solving what happened to Laurent and how a supergun wound up in the woods behind Three Pines. One of the things that I love about a Louise Penny story is that we learn a little more about the residents of Three Pines in each story.
In this story we learn more about our favorite mad poet Ruth Zardo, including who hurt, once, "so far beyond repair". Another resident that we learn more about is Monsieur Beliveau, the grocer in Three Pines. What I didn't know was that this story was based on fact.
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There really was a "supergun" and that Gerald Bull was a real person. And that he was assassinated in Brussels on March 20, Nahum Admoni sent the three-man team to Brussels, where the Mossad agents shot Bull at his door-step. Another terrific read from Louise Penny that explores human nature and why a person may be driven to commit such an act as murder. The nature of the beast? Aug 26, Jeanette rated it it was ok. After the artwork descriptions of the last book, I didn't think it could get any worse.
It did. For me, it certainly did. The death of a 9 year old starts the story. But this time the real core is atrocity and super weapon descriptions par excellence in verbose exactitude. Always tied in with our Fleming pat serial killer history, Bible quotes from Revelation and sundry negatives of numerous past associations all around. Jolly good time. I'm afraid that no amount of feel good high end eats After the artwork descriptions of the last book, I didn't think it could get any worse. I'm afraid that no amount of feel good high end eats at the Bistro or comfy deeds of Clara or Myra is going to bring me back to 3 Pines again.
What a shame. And now we are down to parsing the meaning of "evil" and representations for it while rewriting historical events, on top of it. What a bizarre and unnatural direction has been taken. Frankly, if I had witnessed half of what the last 3 books have demonstrated as status quo? Well, I certainly would not be sipping coffee or wine and leaving all the doors unlocked. And these people are supposed to be smart and elite with experience?
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Or perhaps the current characters are mere physical clones of the real people who used to live there and will soon reveal their alien psyches in the next installment. Can you tell how mad I am at this supposed "recoup" for 3 Pines? Probably not, because I am more disappointed than even angry. How could you make that town into such a level of cartoon that has resulted?
MONEY, that's way. View all 7 comments. Sep 03, Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-and-thrillers. As always, Gamache is in charge even after he retired and the complex story moves with increasing pace and urgency. Gamache's interview of a serial killer is a tense classic. Three Pines is a very scary place full of fascinating characters. The premise is bizarre, except that it is apparently based at least in part on a true incident. Jan 26, Brenda rated it it was amazing. It is always a pleasure to return to Three Pines in Quebec.
The characters are my old friends, and I feel right at home. I am welcomed by the season, the weather, the food and drink, the fireplace. It's great to see how the characters' lives have changed with time, or to look back in a life to see what experiences that character had lived through. There is always something new revealed about them. Given the comfort I felt with the location and the recurring characters, the murder story created t It is always a pleasure to return to Three Pines in Quebec.
Given the comfort I felt with the location and the recurring characters, the murder story created the opposite feeling. And the author's note at the end was chilling. Jul 31, Pat rated it it was amazing Shelves: I do not want to put any descriptors about the storyline in this review. It will spoil the end and I mean the end-end, the author's note. I thought this storyline was a bit far-fetched. What and why was Louise Penny writing about this? That's just a crazy idea. Again, the author's note answered my questions, made me give this 5 stars, and caused me to shake my head and declare: unbelievable!
View all 21 comments. Nov 15, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: canadian-authors , read , detective-story , reviewed , drama , fiction. The historical aspects in this book are based on real events, as far-fetched as it might seem. Despite the freedom and democracy that the New World ensured its inhabitants, lethal evil also got a foothold in our hearts and mind. Not all people sought goodness and peace. Some forms of power-abuse culminated in monstrous atrocities. Terrifying, awe-inspiring and hopeful.
This is the only words tumbling into my keyboard right now to explain the essence of the plot in the book. Back in Three Pines ag The historical aspects in this book are based on real events, as far-fetched as it might seem. Back in Three Pines again, with all the beloved characters as kind and quirky as ever, a young boy disappears, throwing a grotesque door open on the peaceful existence of the inhabitants. There was a dark side to some of the inhabitants that simmered for years and their secrets were guarded just as effective as creepers and vines that covered the interior of the surrounding forests.
It always bothered me that I took so long to catch up with the entire series, since I had all the books for months now. But finally I am up to date and loved the experience. I don't know any writers who could equal the goodness and evil in the same way as Louise Penny did in this series. Her delightful wit threads through this series in such a refreshing and honest way.
Ruth and Rosa undoubtedly played a big part in it and became one of the highlights of this long and slowly unwinding tale which spreads over this series. It seems as though the concluding saga in this series has not been written yet, as was expected. Perhaps more people, our beloved friends of Three Pines, will start passing away as part of the ongoing ageing process and I am not sure that I want to experience it. I really hope they are not going to be murdered one by one! I'm rating it five stars for the brilliance of the plot, the historical elements used in the book, as well as the Goodness of Three Pines.
But for now I had enough. The death of a vibrant, imaginative young nine-year-old boy in the small village of Three Pines was shocking. An accident they said. Was it only recently retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache who could see it was more than that; that it was murder? Apart from realizing that youn The death of a vibrant, imaginative young nine-year-old boy in the small village of Three Pines was shocking.
Apart from realizing that young Laurent had spoken the truth, they knew the danger of what they saw. Decades old secrets, betrayals and monsters — had they visited Three Pines? Was it possible the village had been tainted by the evil that had occurred? Gamache and Beauvoir, along with Lacoste needed to get to the bottom of it all before it was too late. The village of Three Pines is serene and peaceful, except when murder comes to town. Who better than Armand to solve the mysteries? Highly recommended - 12 here I come!
Sometimes censorship is justified. This coming from Armand Gamache in the opening chapters is quite a shocking statement; and rather than give out too many details of what prompted this, I'll just say that this part of the book was something I've given some thought to in the past. Would you read a book here its a play if it was written by a convicted criminal for profit, or should it never have been published at all?
Reviews influence what you will and will not read, but do you actually Sometimes censorship is justified. Reviews influence what you will and will not read, but do you actually criticize -- prejudge -- something before you read it for yourself? This part of the story then takes a backseat to the murder of a young boy and what he found in the forest, and then another murder.
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For my liking, I thought this book was a bit far fetched, yet Penny manages to pull it off. Come to find out, it's a far-fetched-based-on-fact story, which makes me understand why she was able to pull it off! Of the books in this series that I have read, all but the first was on audio, my preference mainly because they were read by the incomparable Ralph Cosham. He gave such personality to Armand Gamache, such strength. This is the first of the audio books read by Robert Bathurst, and frankly, I had difficulty finding Armand's voice among all the others. Armand's voice was always the star of the audiobooks, along with Three Pines and its occupants, of course.
Now it is indistinguishable. Now it seems Jean Guy is Cockney. To be fair, maybe I "prejudged," maybe I told myself no other could equal Cosham. Maybe I'll get used to the new guy, even if it now seems like a huge change impossible to accept. That's a lot of maybes. Looking forward to listening to the next! Oct 23, Chris rated it liked it. This is a wonderful series mostly set in the lovely scenic, idyllic and peaceful did I say peaceful?
Three Pines has a village cast of mixed characters and personalities, which all interact with each other. Our beloved and retired Armand Gamache and his wife now live there. This story begins with a young boy, Laurent, who is a rather This is a wonderful series mostly set in the lovely scenic, idyllic and peaceful did I say peaceful? This story begins with a young boy, Laurent, who is a rather creative but mischievous, rough sort of child. He sees aliens, dreams of monsters and the sort and while the kid creates them in his head and believes them, no adult does.
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But his thinking skills and strategy synapses are still top notch. I like his style. The man has still got it! There is another death in the village which is relative to this Supergun situation as well as some other outside connections. As is the style of these books, facts and the truth eventually come out, but other info is shuttered only to be slowly and expertly teased out.
And Armand and the Police are so good at this. I like that the various people in the small village are close and involved and voice their opinions and assist in their own ways with the case. As if you and Armand were sitting by the fire with a brandy or a croissant and discussing your viewpoints.
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This was not the best of Louise Penny, but it was still good. And I got a chance to revisit with Armand and friends in Three Pines, which is always lovely. View all 4 comments. The last tall tale Laurent spun was of a giant gun being ridden by a monster. Gamache begins there. Slipping back into Three Pines was as comforting as slipping into bunny slippers after a long day on your feet.
But, sadly, when Cosham died in , Audible needed a new narrator. Nov 10, Dana rated it it was ok. It pains me to give a book in this series a 2 star My least favorite of the bunch.