• How the Light Gets In

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best seller.

A detective. As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.

A disappearance. When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate - a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.

A deadly conclusion. As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies, and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?

Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international best-selling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

©2013 Three Pines Creations Incorporated (P)2014 Isis Publishing Limited

Critic Reviews

"Clever, full of twists and turns, a wonderfully satisfying -- and moving -- addition to Penny's atmospheric, distinctive series" (Kate Mosse)
"Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with" ( Metro)
"Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery" ( Daily Express)
"Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel" ( Booklist)
"With skilful plotting and gift for creating atmosphere, Penny weaves a dark and suspenseful tale of deadly secrets, professional machinations and surprising twists" ( Good Book Guide)
"Subtle, elegant and beautifully written" ( Sunday Mirror)

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Another great Gamache installment

Loved it, can't get enough of Gamache and Three Pines. The characters are starting to feel like family.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 04-11-18

Excellent story, gripping, human and involving.

This is the best by far of all the Gamache books, I couldn’t sleep for listening avidly- there was never a place where I could switch the audio off! Brilliant, real and moving characters. Loved it!

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  • RC
  • 01-05-18

Fantastically gripping and moving

I nearly didn’t make it through to the end it was so gripping! But we’ll worth bearing the tension. Louis Penny really is one of the greatest, this book is fantastic!

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  • Maeve Hickey
  • 06-16-22

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another superb Louise Penny mystery. loved it. Always full of suspense. Great ending. Super book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

Brilliant

Loved this! Had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Perhaps the best yet? Who knows?

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  • linda watson
  • 01-25-22

The best yet!

I am totally hooked on this series of books...this one made me laugh,hold my breath,swear (now I can swear in English or French!! ) and cry, there was everything you could want from an audiobook... characters that get under your skin and deep into your heart... fantastic. listened all day then kept having to reset the timer last night as I couldn't stop listening...bring on the next book!

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  • Bubbles
  • 07-02-21

Excellent

Wonderful narration of this well written, dark thriller. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought it but the previous reviews indicated it would be worth a listen and it certainly was.

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  • Rosemary
  • 03-11-21

another excellent Gamache novel

For me, the pull of these novels is in the extraordinary depth afforded to even minor characters. I can associate with all the villagers and agents, glimpse their motivations, on the way to the great reveal at the end.
The writing is sympathetic and the performance only adds to the overall effect. Quoting one of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs was the icing on the cake.

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  • Fee
  • 01-17-21

Just brilliant!

I hope everyone who listens to or reads this book finds as much pleasure as I did! We’re all different so that’s unlikely and that’s ok. That’s part of what makes us human. And I’m in awe of the “humanness” (!) written into this book!

These characters are so real to me, the diabolical, despicable ones, I’ll be happy to see justice served and the good, flawed, broken, caring and talented ones I will miss dearly.

This book was so atmospheric, descriptive, just beautifully written and narrated, (Louise Penny and Adam Sims being a marriage made in audiobook heaven) and tense, made more so by the quite calm of Inspector Gamache.

I’m listening one after the other but I’m torn between wanting to know what happens or whether I should listen to something else between each, to keep these stories in my life for longer!

As you can tell, an author I am not! But a very grateful listener, thank you Ms Penny and Mr Sims. And I am going straight on to the next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-21

Couldn't get into story

Gave up after 11 chapters , the story is just not gripping me and the narrator I find irritating , disappointing in other words.

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  • Dexlovesol
  • 12-28-20

Good story well narrated.

This is my first foray into this series and I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and the plot is absorbing. I liked the Canadian setting. I think it would be better to know the backstory of the protagonists but I can revisit once I start at the beginning.

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  • Mari
  • 11-14-14

Fabulous Addition to a Wonderful Series.

Usually series do not improve with each book but this one does. When I read the first book, Still Life, I was unsure if I would continue with the series. Of course, now I am so pleased that I did. The stories keep getting better, as with each book we learn more of our main characters and the mysteries in each book are also good.
If you have read the previous eight books you will not need any recommendation to grab this book. If you haven't yet read any of this series, I strongly recommend that you start at the first book, as each book builds on the relationships between Gamache and his team members.
Thank you Louise Penny for giving us another wonderful book in this fabulous series.

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  • Jan Forbes
  • 02-12-22

A little confusing but still a gripping read

This book was more confusing than others, and I'm thoroughly sick of the swearing when any strong word is required! However, it uses the now very familiar Penny techniques of staggering suspense, delaying closure , alternating main themes, red herring sub-stories and jumping locations without warning, throughout. I still loved it, due to the surprise character links, humanity of the characters and the unfailing community spirit of Three Pines. (Ruth is finally shown as having compassion!) I particularly enjoy the quiet humour evoked by dog and duck. Will be back for more!

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  • Sue James
  • 12-08-21

gripping

This is my favourite story so far, so richly woven, bring on the next..

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  • Helen
  • 11-16-20

Enjoyable listen

While there were some slightly clunky parts to the story, overall it was still an exciting and enjoyable listen. The characters are engaging and the narration excellent

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  • Bronwyn R
  • 06-21-20

STUNNING!

I am reading all of the Gamache series in chronological order, as I was hooked from the first. I have been an avid reader all my life (now in my 60s), and while I have been hooked on a few good authors along the way, Louise Penny;s Gamache series has won my heart massively. It's hard to describe how impressed I am at her insight and incredible craft with the dialogue and general banter between the characters, especially when set in the village of Three Pines... the subtle humour woven in, the background knowledge in so many technical as well as general aspects of her story lines is truly stunning. This particular story has gripped me even more than any before it, and they have all been great, but I found myself holding my breath with anxiety and fighting back tears of joy in places, hardly able to bear to leave the story to get on with my own life, and returning to it at every possible opportunity. MUCH respect for Ms Penny indeed, and I already know I shall be totally devastated when I have finished the last instalment of the Gamache series, but am very glad I still have plenty to be getting on with for now.

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  • Ursula Murphy
  • 11-06-19

Couldn’t stop listening!

I spent a whole afternoon and evening sitting and listening so I could find out what would happen. Very satisfying ending!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-19

The best Inspector Ganache book yet!

Loose ends tired up in a thrilling and hard to our down read. Highly recommended

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  • Madfish
  • 05-29-16

Well constructed story

I could not stop listening to this story, it's 5AM and I'm still up. Louise Penny is a wonderful story teller and the series has been a joy to explore.