A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning

Large Print - 2016
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorA Chief Inspector Gamache NovelWhen an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press Large Print,, [2016]
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410489395
Branch Call Number: LP MYS PEN
Characteristics: 645 pages ; 23 cm
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glotet
Jul 17, 2019

A few chapters prior to the last three chapters dragged on unnecessarily.

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bengaltigers
May 28, 2019

The ending was very satisfying. Have read most of Ms. Penny's works of art. Very happy to know Henri, their large eared shepard is healthy and continues to enjoy
life with the Gamaches.

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lorraineacasas
Mar 16, 2019

I ended up liking this book (especially in comparison to another “detective/mystery” type book I read following this one). To note: I read it for a book discussion group held at my local library and had not read any of the previous 12 (or so) novels leading up to this one in the series. Now, Armande Gamache, to me, was all to perfect - everyone praised him even though he took things into his own hands when he clearly didn’t have full control (to me, that doesn’t send a good message to readers - that is, thinking you can handle everything on your own). I did like the cast of characters at Three Pines and, though the map was sort of a side plot, I did enjoy that mystery. I wish I knew more about Gamache and Brébeuf (I was told at the group that tia was described better in previous books). I really liked how the end played out in the mystery between Gamache and Amelia. I didn’t feel Justice was served from Jacques Laurin’s arrogance and I also was disappointed that Huifen played a smaller role. Overall, I thought the beginning to be okay, the middle a bit too descriptive, but the ending was really good. 3.5 rating! I look forward to reading the earlier books in this series!

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bresummers
Jan 15, 2019

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midori_hon
Jan 06, 2019

I listen to audiobooks on my commute. when reading (hate the term absorbing for audiobooks) louise penny, I like to also read along so I can see how some of the French words are written. with 'a great reckoning' I got caught up in the story, read past where the audiobook left off, then was up until 2:30 a.m. because I couldn't bear to stop.
were the events that took place in 'a great reckoning ' planned earlier in the series? what amazing storytelling. I hope at least one of the characters returns, looking at you 'goth girl.'

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 26, 2018

Since this focuses on Three Pines and The Surete Academy, and bounces back and forth between the settings, it was a little frustrating to wait for the story to continue in one place or the other. But revisiting characters in Three Pines was rewarding, and hopefully some of the new characters will show up in future books. The mystery about the map was interesting, although not integral to the murder plot. There were a few too many outlandish coincidences that moved the action along in the right direction; but, as ever, the writing is good enough to overlook the faults.

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harrissusanc
Jul 30, 2018

Back at Three Pines to run the Academy that trains detectives, Inspector Gamache probes past scandals and finds himself a suspect in the murder he is using to teach. I love the mysterious map you can’t stop puzzling about and the way it becomes, like Gamache’s moralizing, a deep connection to place and fate. Too bad it takes some opening trusses before you get to midpoint when you can’t put the book down.

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JLMason
Jun 29, 2018

Although the Gamache mysteries and characters are never really believable, this is one of the better ones. It deals with multiple “reckonings”, past and present, of the personal and professional kind. The precious villagers continue to expose more character flaws and determining the identity of the murder kept me guessing until the end. In addition, the reason for Three Pines not showing up on any maps is revealed. Google: Get your street view car out there!

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m0mmyl00
May 25, 2018

This time, the curious Ms. Penny chooses maps as the focus of her considerable research skills. I love that there’s no telling what you’ll learn in real life when you pick up one of her books. Mr. Gamache tries to win back the once-proud and -honorable Surete office that has now been corrupted. The evil forces are powerful and seductive, much more so than the wise, thoughtful methods of Gamache and his inner circle. Good triumphs, at least for now.

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empbee
Mar 16, 2018

A good mix of reality and fiction in the form of mystery.

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