The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

eBook - 2015
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The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
Publisher: [S.l.]: St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2015.
ISBN: 9781250022097
Characteristics: 384 p.
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Jan 30, 2021

To busy to write a long review, but I will say this, I love how this was inspired by a real thing and will just leave it there.

These Three Pine mysteries are so complex, on one hand, the traditional cozy and on the other, an exciting thriller all with characters the reader has come to know and love. I hope Louise Penny writes one a year for decades.

Sep 26, 2020


sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


Every time I pick up a new Louise Penny novel, I feel like I’ve come home: home to familiar characters; home to Olivier’s bistro with apple and parsnip soup; home to the B&B with luscious, deep eiderdowns on the beds. And now Three Pines is home to someone else, too: Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie. When tragedy strikes and their tranquil peace is disrupted, they discover that “Evil” has also taken up residence in their community.

There follows a tale of misguided loyalties, secrets kept for too long, and people who are not whom they appear to be. In the capacity as an advisor to Jean-Guy and Chief Inspector Isabelle Lacoste, Gamache begins to unwind this tangled tale and wonders, if he had acted sooner, if he could have prevented the events that then followed.

In this novel, Penny shows us how the past can affect every day of one’s present, and she does it admirably.

Nov 01, 2019

I thought the author had gone off the rails with this plot until I read in her notes that it was based on historical facts. Very interesting. The world is definitely stranger than any of us think.

Nov 01, 2019

Despite there being a factual basis for the supergun and the man associated with it, I found this plot to be a bit preposterous. I'm afraid Penny misfired on this one. It was too long and convoluted and although regular readers might enjoy spending time with the small circle of residents of Three Pines she peoples her books with, maybe include a few more locals?

Sep 18, 2019

Gamache's long-time concern with corruption within the Sãuretâe du Quâebec again comes to the fore in this novel, as a menacing conspiracy is slowly revealed.

Feb 09, 2019

What a disappointment. All the characters seem phoney. The Inspector has achieved sainthood and wizardry on par with Albus Dumbledore. I loved many of the author's other works.

Nov 27, 2017

Another winner from Penny! One of my favorite parts of her novels is the way every one of them has a basis in reality--inspires us readers to research them after we're done, or while we're reading. Of course, I also love the descriptions of the food they are eating, and quite often read them aloud to my husband.
With pesky Peter finally out of the way (never did like him), folks in Three Pines are trying to get back to 'normal' in their little town, but of course that's a difficult order to fill there. An imaginative boy who's worn out the townsfolk with his wild ramblings finally fulfills the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" story. Of course, this time, his story is true although no one takes him seriously until his body is found. Penny brings her regular cast together, and along with the homicide detectives from the city (Gamache's former protégées) there are local police who came through the academy during the corrupted times, 2 intelligence service operatives who work double time to distract anyone from their real abilities and work, a retired professor with an unusual interest in WsMD, and a draft dodger...or is he?

Oct 18, 2017

I've only read a couple of other novels in this series, but this one wasn't as believable. It's interesting to read in the afterward that it was based on a true story.

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