A Better Man by Louise Penny

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Louise Penny is a Canadian author, who has won numerous awards. She publishes A Better Man in August 2019. Learn more about the author and her book as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. Among the numerous awards that she won are a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times). She was also a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Her novels have been published in 23 languages.

Louise was born in Toronto. She grew up reading mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Michael Innes. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in 1979.

Louise has worked as a radio host and journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After her marriage, she left the CBC to take up writing.

Her work features Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, head of the homicide department of the Sûreté du Québec. Her novels are set in the province of Quebec.

Louise lives in a small village in the south of Montréal.

Let’s get a closer look now at her book A Better Man (August 2019).


Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.

As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.

As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.

What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?

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