The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2015
11 hours 46 minutes
Listen to the series that inspired Three Pines on Prime Video.

'Narrator Ralph Cosham evokes the idyllic Quebec village of Three Pines with skillful handling of the often funny, often conflicted people who live there.' —AudioFile Magazine

The Cruelest Month is the third installment in Louise Penny's award winning Three Pines mystery series featuring the wise and beleaguered Inspector Armand Gamache.

'Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie ... ' —Sarah Weinman

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.

It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . .

When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil—until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?

Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
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I absolutely love Louise Penny! Every time I get close to the end of one of her books, I feel a sense of sadness knowing it’s coming to an end.

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Doreen B

Yet another wonderful mystery by Louise Penny, played out by the magnificently flawed and lovable good people of Three Pines. The narrator is so skilled with his ability to bring every individual to life, he is a joy . This novel was creepy compared to the others, it was craftily done. I had a slight inkling who might have done the murder but honestly, I kept doubting myself . The twist and turns almost have a life of their own. Looking very forward to the next installment, to visit my friends once again.

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I am throughly enjoying this series!

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Don H.

Louise Penny makes Three Pines and its residents come alive every time I read one of her Inspector Gamache novels. The narrator Ralph Cosham is the best!

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