Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Large Print - 2018
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When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into what happened six months ago, the events that led to his suspension, has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, ©2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432859367
Characteristics: 635 pages ;,23 cm

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This insightful, well-plotted 14th novel featuring Chief Supt. Armand Gamache offers intriguing commentary on the willful blindness that can keep people from acknowledging the secrets and lies in their own lives. For series fans, plenty of time is spent in the mystical village of Three Pines, and... Read More »


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betsymarzoni
Apr 11, 2019

I have read every Louise Penny book in this series and proclaim this one of the best. Her characters continue to grow with each story and while the mysteries are always good, it is the people you don't want to put down when you read the final page.

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chilligal
Apr 03, 2019

i HAVE READ THE ENTIRE Gamache series and always enjoyed them. For whatever reason (maybe my advanced age!) I found this one slow going. Usually I read them in a day or two.
However, I was happy to be back with all those old friends, although the people of Three Pines were not so inclusive in this novel. Beauvoir is well up the ladder and has a nice surprise for us in store. For those that worry that Gamache will be no more, Penny has already finished the next novel and the library system has many copies on order. Put your hold order in now!

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Maplepoon
Mar 10, 2019

I discovered the Louise Penny books by accident & Im reading them in the wrong order. I did not want to wait for The Kingdom of the Blind so I actually bought it LOL. I love the charming town of Three Pines. The ending was good but it also made me sad. I hope this is not the end of Three Pines. This is the 5th Louise Penny book that Ive read. *NOTE* I DISCOVERED THERES THE 15TH BOOK COMING OUT IN SEPT 2019. JOY!!!! I PRE ORDERED IT ALREADY IN CHAPTERS

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judi38
Feb 14, 2019

did not care for her last book, but this is one of the best. there are a couple places where it drags and I forgive her for that ;-). very good “read”

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gloryb
Feb 14, 2019

This novel is possibly the last Gamache novel is how I interpreted Penny's words in her Acknowledgment and understandably so. This novel completes the storyline of Gamache's drug bust, a feature in several of her other novels and, thank goodness, as it was getting "old/tiresome" to read about. Penny includes another storyline, more interesting to me, about the children of once wealthy Austrian families fighting over the contents of a deceased family member's will, but, as she presents these characters, there is a deeper undertow of their greedy character when a murder in the family is revealed. I chuckled when she has Gamache translating old news articles and a will from German to English. It didn't ring true to me with his French Canadian background. Readers have to like Penny's writing style as she uses phrases and clauses as sentences - most annoying to me - but it seems she writes as she speaks - in short bursts - a revelation upon reading her heartfelt Acknowledgment. She has a way of editorializing her characters' actions and thoughts which is quite different from other authors. I find that approach rather annoying, actually. Everything they do has some mystery/secrecy attached to be explained later. The novel takes place at wintertime - perfect, when experiencing a snowstorm at home.

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Palomino
Feb 10, 2019

I ate it in one meal, so I have to give 5 stars. As a Canadian, I too love Doonesbury, shirtless prime minister, expensive snow tires, and I know all the words to our unofficial national anthem. If you follow the series, the biggest mystery is still not revealed, damn you, author! (wtf is Gracie).

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RoseSuites
Feb 07, 2019

Another Chief inspector Gamache book! Every book in this series is filled with mystery & suspense...similar but always with an intriguing twist. Wondering -- will there be another?

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vkreads
Jan 30, 2019

Kingdom of the Blind (brilliant title) -- (tip: there is method to the title, as is the case with Penny's titles.)
Yet another FABULOUS novel by Penny.
14th in the series: now do we need to wait 2 years for the 15th novel?
Penny's "capture of dialogue," once again, as a flow of consciousness in relationship, is such a wonderful presentation of writing. Look at the chapters..you'll see that dialogue is the largest portion of space on the pages.
Her cast of the series' characters, beloved characters, once again, refreshingly true, authentic.
(But -- Henri the large eared shepherd dog of the Gamaches, isn't featured much. )

Hillsboro_JeanineM Jan 28, 2019

What started with "Still Life" and the tales of Armand Gamache and life in Three Pines, is now up to book 14 in the series. I thought I might be ready to leave Three Pines behind but Penny delivers another intriguing book.

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FVReader
Jan 28, 2019

I enjoy revisiting with Inspector Gamache and the characters of Three Pines.
This story focussed on family and the need to move forward with peace in one's heart.
The story of the drugs left me a bit unsettled. It seemed a bit rushed and unfinished. A couple of the main story lines were left wide open. Perhaps Penny intends to continue them in a future installment.
What I enjoyed most was the theme of family & friends bringing purpose and meaning to one's Life and are it's best treasures.
An interesting and worthwhile continuation of this series.

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