All the Devils Are Here

All the Devils Are Here

Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Book 16

eBook - 2020
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The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d'Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.
It sends them deep into the secrets Armand's godfather has kept for decades.
A gruesome discovery in Stephen's Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.
Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.

Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group

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pcmac444
Jan 20, 2021

This is my favourite Louise Penny book! While interesting at first, I found it tedious in her other books to be spending so much time in Three Pines with all of its 'colourful' characters. I particularly got tired of reading page after page about how the gang regularly meets in the bistro to gorge themselves.

In setting the book in Paris and shaking off Three Pines (for the moment), I think Louise Penny has written her best Gamache novel so far. Particularly enjoyable was how she brought the whole Gamache family together in this book, so you can really see the interplay between the family members.

And, as a mystery, it's great. She keeps matters vague enough so you are wondering, page after page, who to trust. A great ending!

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Memawrayne
Jan 20, 2021

I enjoyed this book as much as her others, but I missed the village of Three Pines and its collection of interesting characters. Thank heavens they came back!!

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volare
Dec 31, 2020

Another gem from Louise Penny! This time the setting is Paris as the Gamache family tries to unravel a mystery. Danger and mayhem ensue.

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Grandma007
Dec 31, 2020

This is her best book in a while. I thought the plot got a bit muddled when Stephen Horowitz was denounced as a collaborator. After that the plot sort of ran away from the author. Lots of Armand's family history is shared with the reader. Lots of red herrings. She keeps you guessing til the end.

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samsue
Dec 30, 2020

Set in Paris, the story has a surprise ending and plenty of tension throughout the book. The only thing I find unbelievable is that Armand and Jean-Guy would be able to take part in an investigation in France. Nevertheless, a really good read.

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dtroutman
Dec 23, 2020

It's bittersweet to finish the latest Gamache book. I have loved every one of them. when it started out transported to France, I was wondering if Lousie Penny could make up for leaving all of the 3 Pines characters at home. She did and more so. There were enough tidbits about them to keep them connected to the story but not in a way that I felt she was catering to the reader by repeating too many of the details. This probably caused new readers to the series some confusion but hopefully it was enough to get them to go back and read (or better yet) listen to the whole series. The narrated books bring a richness to the stories. This isn't always the case with some narrators but the two great narrators that were selected more than do the books justice.

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bthek
Dec 22, 2020

This is the first of the author’s books I attempted to read. I gave up less than 10% of the way in the book. There are so many characters that I could not keep up. I would have needed to create a spreadsheet to understand who was who. And did I say that sometime, without warning last names without a first name are thrown in? I decide pad it was not worth the effort and threw in the towel.

In addition I believe there are scenes in Quebec mixed in with scenes in Paris, all with French names. Too much work to try and sort out characters and locations.

One more. There is a conflict brewing between an executive and his subordinate. Allegedly the executive is an experienced police leader. Having been an executive, he completely failed to prepare for the job or even deal with the issue. What he should have done is so obvious I couldn’t get past this set up scene.

Excellent writing and gripping plot, as usual.
Two flaws. Daniel's hatred of his father, Gamache, is unrealistic in an adult son who had two strong parents and a stable middle class family life. Suggesting Daniel could be so damaged because his parent was a cop is an insult to all children who grew up with parents in the military or police force of any other dangerous profession.
And the end moves too fast. I had to re-read the last chapters again to understand what exactly had happened.

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librarysrgr8
Dec 08, 2020

This latest Armand Gamache novel will not disappoint fans. Kudos to Louise Penny. And once you've finished the book, take time to read the Acknowledgements, they're heartwarming.

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chilligal
Nov 28, 2020

Not quite as enjoyable as the previous Gamache books. Maybe too many characters to keep track of? I found it took me much longer to read than usual, but that may be because I am now in my 80s. I was pleased that it ended in three Pines.

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