A World of Curiosities: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2022
13 hours 15 minutes
'Robert Bathurst performs this 18th Inspector Gamache mystery with the assurance of one who knows the village of Three Pines and its (mostly) gentle residents well....fans are in for a treat.' - AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)

'Narrator Robert Bathurst skillfully evokes the mood and suspense of the story.' - Library Journal

'Robert Bathurst's narration is calm, collected, and earnest, reflecting the blend of emotion and professionalism that Gamache embodies as an investigator. It's perfect for listeners seeking both captivating intrigue and insightful reflection.' - BookPage

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.

But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books.
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Gina M.

I love the Gamache series but was a bit taken aback on this installment. Pedophilia is such a horrific subject. The story did keep me in the edge of my seat until the end though.

I love this Louise Penny series. This one was excellent.

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Fine story, well told!

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Beverly G.

Loved the book. Louise makes me think of an old favorite of mine, Agatha Christie. There is a crime to solve and she uses the thoughts and minds of the detective to lead you to the solution. There may be a modicum of violence in the action but the true solutions are most often cerebral. I did figure this one out from the clues but there are always a few surprises.

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Chris S.

Typically excellent Penny job where feelings and history come to the fore with a clever locked room mystery where there is a painting and not a body and the how is of far less interest than the why.

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Kristen L.

Loved the book. And the stories of strength and tenacity.

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Loretta F.

One of the best in the series

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Great book, very suspenseful

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Carrie S.

Another great Gamache!!

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