A World of Curiosities - Louise Penny

A World of Curiosities

Author: Louise Penny

  • Publication Date: 2022-11-29
  • Category: British Detectives
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 232 Ratings)


Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.

But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.


  • Stressful and Satisfying

    By asapr212
    As a reader of the entire series, this book makes tremendous sense, tying together people and incidents that have made the books so wonderful along the way. The story is excellent. That said, it was darker and heavier that its most of its predecessors because in those books, for the most part, the place the reader goes for respite (Three Pines) is now the place at greatest risk. I enjoyed it a lot, but hoping the next one does not put everyone and everything at risk all at once. I love visiting Three Pines because it is not real life; because itself is the respite.
  • Ok

    By lizzy8485
  • Best book yet!

    By KimCanRead
    As I do at each book in this series, I say it could not have been a better written, more intricately plotted, and amazingly character driven work of art. I long for the next one.
  • World of Curiosities

    By Okay, however
    Lost a night of sleep deep in this new Gamache tale - no regrets.
  • Fantastic book!

    By nana novel
    I have been looking forward to this book release! It’s worth the wait! Louise Penny is an articulate, amazing, heart stopping writer! Loved every page , every beloved character !
  • A World of Curiosities

    By Beth in Juneau
    The beginning has drawn me as each of her Gamache Series has down. I love each character in Three Pines.