A Better Man

A Better Man

Book - 2019 | First U.S. edition
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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 middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250066213
1250066212
9781250257833
1250257832
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 25 cm

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Gamache returns as head of Surete du Quebec after being caught up as the political pawn in the midst of larger scandal. His attention turns to the case of a missing women whose body is found in the frozen waters of Riviere Bella Bella.

Kindly and wise Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec sees the best in everyone and knows how to play a long game in his battle with high-level corruption. In "A Better Man" Gamache returns as head of Surete after being caught up as the political pawn in the midst of la... Read More »

TAURUS - You are the soul of patience, Taurus -- although some may call it stubbornness. Kindly and wise Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec sees the best in everyone and knows how to play a long game in his battle with high-level corruption. Even better for hearth-loving Tauru... Read More »


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Berrie030711
Jun 18, 2020

I'd say I DNF'd this, but I didn't even start. Word to the wise, most of the authors I've read actually wait until after the first page (usually once the reader's somewhat invested) to start dropping F-bombs. How is this anybody's bestseller?

Worst. Book. Blind Date. Ever.

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maipenrai
Mar 23, 2020

Wonderful to have Gamache back at the Sûreté du Québec. Complicated mystery. Always a pleasure to visit the citizens of Three Pines. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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sgcf
Mar 17, 2020

This was my first read of this series, and coming to it at #15 makes me a bit late to the party. Nevertheless, I felt the book worked well as a stand-alone and I was able to pick up on what had gone before in the series. The characters were completely human – decent, complex – and seemed to be a product of their small town setting. I suspect the characterization would have been more jaded and hard-edged had they lived in a large city. I got quite engaged in the plot until near the end where there were so many twists, turns and backtrackings that it felt like Penny was trying to stretch it out. Ultimately my credibility quotient was stretched with the final outcome.

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AnnSkye
Feb 02, 2020

Absolutely love getting back in touch with Armand Gamache and all the great inhabitants of Three Pines. Another great read by Penny. It will be hard to wait another year for her next book to find out what happens to everyone.

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njon38
Jan 25, 2020

an Armand Gamache novel. I'm again reminded of what a good writer she is.

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janerf
Jan 21, 2020

Loved this one. I had my ideas about whodunnit, but we're kept guessing, there are so many ways for people to do bad things to each other.
I loved Penny's heroic description of an extreme weather event, describing things to come, a hundred-year flood every 2 years. We need more artists telling us what to expect, how to react, how to treat each other in crisis.
I am unencumbered with preconceptions about Quebecoise (?!) French pronunciation and spelling or misspelling. (Misspelt...?!?) But then, I listen to the audio books, read by one (two!) of the best book readers out there. Needless fowl language, well, it seems to me that the speech patterns of various individuals are pretty realistic. But I ain't got it piled higher or deeper, just an MS... I would like to know more about Billy's dialect that Armand can't understand. Reminds me of my friend, Guy Ray, from rural Al'bama; took me almost a year to not need his speech decoded for me. (BTW, listening to the first audio books, I imagined Jonghi to be Pakistani.)

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ShastaCat
Jan 17, 2020

After loving Louise Penny's books, this one is a disappointment - pages of overwrought sentiments on character's emotions which have already been dealt with to excess in previous books. Refer to it, but let's move on. The mystery itself is blah and only gains momentum at the very end. Louise Penny writes so well and has incorporated beautiful insights about art and poetry into her books; but I may not be able to stomach her books in the future if she continues in this vein.

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velvetcactus
Dec 21, 2019

I have enjoyed many in the series particularly because that's my neck of the woods. But the foul language is superfluous and the French often misspelt. And they stop the flow of good read. I still read 'Marie-Reine' in my head because that is the usual format for a woman's name.
It concerns me that the reviews point to her changing her writing style otherwise. I will keep my fingers crossed and hoped for the best!

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scm42
Dec 14, 2019

As much as I have always enjoyed visiting my friends in Three Pines, this time I left feeling a bit disappointed. After what felt like unnecessary wanderings down too many paths only to finish with a disappointing, last minute tidying up of many loose ends made for an emotional let down. Perhaps next visit will be better?

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joeydog5
Dec 13, 2019

Thought this was one her better Gamache books. Her books may be “twee” but I love revisiting “my friends” in Three Pines, especially on a winter night.

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Berrie030711
Jun 18, 2020

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