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The #1 New York Times Bestseller"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -- Leonard CohenChristmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.



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Louise Penny

LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of thirteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Edgar Award. She lives in a small village south of Montréal. Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards. : Best Novel o 2007 - A Fatal Grace - Winner o 2008 - The Cruelest Month - Winner o 2009 - The Brutal Telling - Winner o 2010 - Bury Your Dead - Winner o 2013 - The Beautiful Mystery - Winner o 2006 - Still Life - Winner Best First Crime Novelo 2011 - Bury Your Dead - Winner Best Crime Novel o 2007 - Still Life - Best First Novel Winner o 2007 - Still Life - Best First Novel Winner o 2009 - The Brutal Telling - Best Novel Winner o 2010 - Bury Your Dead - Best Novel Winner o 2013 - The Beautiful Mystery - Best Novel Winner o 2011 - Bury Your Dead - Best Mystery Novel Winner o 2013 - The Beautiful Mystery - Best Mystery Novel Winner



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