A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel is the 15th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series by author Louise Penny. A devastating spring flood, a mass media attack, a mysterious disappearance with the help of Inspector Armand Gamache. The father asks Inspector Gamache to find his lost daughter.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel audiobook by Lulu
Inevitable, But Still Sad
I am a huge fan of Louise Penny and the Three Pines series. Such a fan, these books inspired me to visit Montreal and Quebec City. I think Armand Gamache is one of the truly great characters of modern literature and the characters who inhabit Three Pines fascinating. I loved many of the detailed plotlines of previous books and learned so much reading several of them. The fact that I lasted through 15 books in any series is a testament to the quality of the series. I am usually burned out by the 5th or 6th book in most series. They always become predictable and repetitive or increasingly outlandish and unbelievable. Not so this series. While I was slightly frustrated by the ongoing conspiracy subplots, I could largely ignore it and focus on the primary mystery to be solved in each book and the characters.
That changed with book 14, Kingdom of the Blind. Suddenly the ongoing conspiracies sucked up most of the plotline and the actual mystery to be solved slipped into the background, as did the characters. I hoped it was an aberration, so moved on to A Better Man. Unfortunately, this book continued to focus on all of the various people out to get Gamache for no apparent reason and spent little time on the actual crime to be solved. It made me finally think about Gamache differently If so many people hate him enough to take such elaborate steps to destroy his career, then what am I missing about him? And suddenly his patience and almost saintliness made him seem weak and not nearly as interesting a character.
So, before I fall out of love with one of my favorite characters of all time, I have decided it is time to put an end to this relationship. Unfortunately, I believe A Better Man is my last Three Pines book. I always assumed this day would eventually come. But I still find it depressing.
Review 2: A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel audiobook by Sally
Not My Favorite
The series seems to be getting pretty dark. The constant attempt to diminish Gamache is getting so old that this has taken over the entire series. And now Clara has also become a target…it is just getting to dire. Where Three Pines used to be a magical place, the residents all seem to be suffering from a never ending depressive malaise. Always looked forward to the next book in this series but not at all sure that I will spend a credit on the next one. I do however appreciate this narrator and the difficult time he had overcoming his fabulous predecessor.
Review 3: A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel audiobook by Joanne
I’m a HUGE Louise Penny/Inspector Gamache fan. I will continue to be a HUGE fan. However, this book will play no roll in contributing to my enthusiasm. The story lines were thin, and repetitive. It’s time to move away from the story line of everyone having it in for Inspector Gamache. And, although there will never be another Ralph Cosham, until “A Better Man…” Robert Bathurst was an acceptable narrator. But, his representation of the new characters in this book was truly difficult to listen to. In fact, his take on Ruth has always made me cringe. I still look forward to the next installment of this series. Louise Penny is truly a gifted writer who produces intellectually rich and interesting characters.
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