With each book that Louise Penny has published we realize once more that the Golden Age mystery sparkles with intrigue, excitement and much more. Her audience comes to grow with each book featuring former Chief Inspector Gamache and a host of village residents of Three Pines, Quebec. This is her thirteenth novel. For this special edition Scorpion Press is delighted to have best selling detective movelist Ann Cleeves write an appreciation of Louise Penny.
Brief Synopsis: When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.
In her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
Ann Cleeves is the creator of several very successful detective series, with authentic settings such in the Shetland Islands and Northumbria. Her first book was A Bird in the Hand (1986) but her best known work has been televised as the BBC series Shetland and ITV’s Vera – now in its third series.
Glass Houses is to be published in early September in the Scorpion Press series in a special leather and marble-paper over boards binding, limited to just 50 signed and numbered copies, and the price is £72 GBP plus shipping.