The Madness of CrowdsLouise Penny

The Madness of Crowds

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel

You’re a coward.

Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.

It starts innocently enough.

While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.

He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.

While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.

Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.

Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.

When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.

And the madness of crowds.

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ScaredI won’t be buying this book, but own all other Penny novels. The description scared me….I’m looking for relief in our crazy world, and this sounds too real..Score: 1/5

Duck duck duckRuth and the gang, plus great complexity..Score: 5/5

Her Best Book yet, wonderfulLouise is a very talented authentic and author.Score: 5/5

The Madness of CrowdsI really enjoyed this book, reading it in two days. The subject matter was very thought provoking and powerful. Keep writing the good stuff. I enjoy your books immensely..Score: 5/5

The Madness of CrowdsI could not put this book down. I read until my eyes refused to focus. The characters, the plot, the setting, the misdirects — all of it told in poetic prose — captivated me entirely..Score: 5/5

I missed Three Pines. Not a great book for me.Something is missing in this book. The main characters took a backseat to the family drama in this book. I hope they return in the next book..Score: 3/5

Nothing to likeThe author needs to stop writing this series. It has worn itself out with the last two books. This story is awful and was a slog to read..Score: 2/5

Bravery is never easy but so important.I am awed by the character development, suspense, poetry, and eugenics struggle in this captivating book. It is well worth reading..Score: 5/5

Leave your politics out of the storyAlways love Gamache. Seemed to drag a bit more than the other books. As an American reader, I think most of us could’ve done without your references to our former POTUS..Score: 3/5

My first Gamache experienceI really wanted to like this. The subject intrigued me but the book was disappointing. Far fetched and way too long. Too much family drama and pages of confusing and repetitious babble. Strayed too far from what I expected the initial story to unravel. Way too many threads and extraneous characters..Score: 2/5

The Gamache Series Gets Better and BetterI was held in suspense until the last chapters. I love the way Ms. Penny holds your interest all the way until the end. The twists and turns are navigating so brilliantly that you have no choice but to keep reading..Score: 5/5

About covid??? Really?As I tell people I know, I read to escape the madness in our current world, so to say I was a bit disappointed at the subject matter of this book, may be an understatement. I found myself surprisingly invested in those characters we love, and wandering tree pines in the snow, made me feel like home. Thank you for a visit with favorite friends and an enjoyable walk in those dark and haunted woods..Score: 4/5

Skip this oneShame on the author, publisher and distributor for not including trigger warnings. I never would have gotten this book. Remember when Penny’s books in this series were cozy? Somewhere along the way, they diverted into dark, almost painful, triggering stories. This book was much too long, spent too long hashing out the same theories over and over, and went very deep into irrelevant tragedy. And the run on sentences were atrocious..Score: 1/5

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