Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Book - 2018
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When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into what happened six months ago, the events that led to his suspension, has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.
Publisher: New York, New York : Minotaur Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781250208743
Characteristics: 389 pages ;,25 cm.


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This insightful, well-plotted 14th novel featuring Chief Supt. Armand Gamache offers intriguing commentary on the willful blindness that can keep people from acknowledging the secrets and lies in their own lives. For series fans, plenty of time is spent in the mystical village of Three Pines, and... Read More »

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PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 14, 2019

One little Rosa spoiler ahead.

I love these novels. When I finally got this off the wait-list at the library everything else got dropped, and it was totally worth it. If you already love the series, you'll be pleased with this latest installment. Penny's writing is that perfect combination of the elevated and earthy, ruminating on the meaning of poetry one moment and then suddenly Gamache's grandson's first word comes out, and if you know he's been hanging out with Ruth and the duck, you can probably guess what it is.

I really enjoyed the primary mystery of the Duchess and her will, and all the tangled skeins that came with it. It's always a pleasure, on reflection to realize how intricate her plotting is. We begin with the mystery of why these three specific people are chosen as executors of the Duchess' will. Then we get a dead body, some more monetary-mysteries, an overseas call that is hysterical, a silly hat and an ex-girlfriend. There's so much detail, that it's like a quilt.

Less pleasing through its lack of realism is her dip into the netherworld of Montreal as Choquet is ejected from the Surete Academy and returns to her life of using. Choquet is truly "the one eyed man" in this kingdom of the blind, as people begin to follow her like she's the second coming. WT* is that all about? I will also say that I saw Choquet's ending at, oh, the very start of the book. Penny made a lazy move there because it has become one of her go-tos. I also have to say her view of drugs is very, mmm, former-addict-standard. All drugs are bad. Everyone who uses drugs will wind up doing unsavory things with unsavory people in unsavory alleys, and then they will all die horrible deaths.

But that was it from critical me. The rest was butter. As always, her character development, is top-notch as we see Gamache's neighbors and co-workers continue on with their lives. As someone else mentioned, reading a Gamache novel is like catching up with family.

Jul 05, 2019

one of my favorites of an excellent series, like a slow-cooked boeuf bourguignon and a crusty baguette slathered in fresh batter. some interesting new characters join the regulars from three pines. so happy that penny decided to continue the series after the passing of her beloved husband.

Apr 11, 2019

I have read every Louise Penny book in this series and proclaim this one of the best. Her characters continue to grow with each story and while the mysteries are always good, it is the people you don't want to put down when you read the final page.

Apr 03, 2019

i HAVE READ THE ENTIRE Gamache series and always enjoyed them. For whatever reason (maybe my advanced age!) I found this one slow going. Usually I read them in a day or two.
However, I was happy to be back with all those old friends, although the people of Three Pines were not so inclusive in this novel. Beauvoir is well up the ladder and has a nice surprise for us in store. For those that worry that Gamache will be no more, Penny has already finished the next novel and the library system has many copies on order. Put your hold order in now!

Mar 10, 2019

I discovered the Louise Penny books by accident & Im reading them in the wrong order. I did not want to wait for The Kingdom of the Blind so I actually bought it LOL. I love the charming town of Three Pines. The ending was good but it also made me sad. I hope this is not the end of Three Pines. This is the 5th Louise Penny book that Ive read. *NOTE* I DISCOVERED THERES THE 15TH BOOK COMING OUT IN SEPT 2019. JOY!!!! I PRE ORDERED IT ALREADY IN CHAPTERS

Feb 14, 2019

did not care for her last book, but this is one of the best. there are a couple places where it drags and I forgive her for that ;-). very good “read”

Feb 14, 2019

This novel is possibly the last Gamache novel is how I interpreted Penny's words in her Acknowledgment and understandably so. This novel completes the storyline of Gamache's drug bust, a feature in several of her other novels and, thank goodness, as it was getting "old/tiresome" to read about. Penny includes another storyline, more interesting to me, about the children of once wealthy Austrian families fighting over the contents of a deceased family member's will, but, as she presents these characters, there is a deeper undertow of their greedy character when a murder in the family is revealed. I chuckled when she has Gamache translating old news articles and a will from German to English. It didn't ring true to me with his French Canadian background. Readers have to like Penny's writing style as she uses phrases and clauses as sentences - most annoying to me - but it seems she writes as she speaks - in short bursts - a revelation upon reading her heartfelt Acknowledgment. She has a way of editorializing her characters' actions and thoughts which is quite different from other authors. I find that approach rather annoying, actually. Everything they do has some mystery/secrecy attached to be explained later. The novel takes place at wintertime - perfect, when experiencing a snowstorm at home.

Feb 10, 2019

I ate it in one meal, so I have to give 5 stars. As a Canadian, I too love Doonesbury, shirtless prime minister, expensive snow tires, and I know all the words to our unofficial national anthem. If you follow the series, the biggest mystery is still not revealed, damn you, author! (wtf is Gracie).

Feb 07, 2019

Another Chief inspector Gamache book! Every book in this series is filled with mystery & suspense...similar but always with an intriguing twist. Wondering -- will there be another?

Jan 30, 2019

Kingdom of the Blind (brilliant title) -- (tip: there is method to the title, as is the case with Penny's titles.)
Yet another FABULOUS novel by Penny.
14th in the series: now do we need to wait 2 years for the 15th novel?
Penny's "capture of dialogue," once again, as a flow of consciousness in relationship, is such a wonderful presentation of writing. Look at the'll see that dialogue is the largest portion of space on the pages.
Her cast of the series' characters, beloved characters, once again, refreshingly true, authentic.
(But -- Henri the large eared shepherd dog of the Gamaches, isn't featured much. )

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