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Publication Order of Inspector Gamache Books

Still Life (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Cold / A Fatal Grace (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cruellest Month (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rule Against Murder / The Murder Stone (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brutal Telling (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bury Your Dead (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Trick of the Light (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beautiful Mystery (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
How the Light Gets In (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Way Home (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of the Beast (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Great Reckoning (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glass Houses (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kingdom of the Blind (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Better Man (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Devils Are Here (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Madness of Crowds (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A World of Curiosities (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grey Wolf (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inspector Gamache Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

State of Terror (With: Hillary Rodham Clinton) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Louise Penny Biography:

Louise Penny is a Canadian New York Times bestselling author of mystery. Louise Penny was born in Toronto and she was introduced to mystery novels at a young age because her mother read many works fiction, non-fiction, and crime. She enjoyed reading works from authors such as Agatha Chrisitie, Michael Innes, and many more. She’s always dreamed of writing and when the opportunity was given to pursue that dream she took it, and never looked back.

Louise Penny started off as a radio host, journalist after obtaining a Bachelors Degree at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute which is also known as (Ryerson University). She maintained an eighteen year career as a radio host and journalist with the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) and turned to writing. During that position she wrote numerous articles on wars in Quebec, interviews she set up, and hosted a morning show. The experience taught her the crafting of listening closely and carefully.

Louise Penny learned about scenarios and the art of creativity which is displayed in the works of her books. After quitting her job and pursuing her dream as a writer Louise Penny was not motivated enough to write and she was afraid of not being successful, but soon loved her own work after winning numerous rewards with her 8- series novel of the Chief Inspector. Louise has also had the works published in 8 different languages, so it can be shared with people across the globe.

While broadcasting Louise Penny became an alcoholic because of depression isolation from her family and friends. After admitting to her problem she met her husband Michael Whitehead and pursued writing ever since. Mystery writing wasn’t her first genre, she started off with a historical novel that she couldn’t complete. After long nights of trying to conclude the novel she eventually turned to writing in a genre she was familiar with and won second place for her first book “Still Life,” in a United Kingdom competition called ” Debut Dagger.”

Soon after the novel has won other awards: Dagger, United Kingdom, Arthur Ellis Award in Canada , and two awards in the US. for best first novel titled Anthony Award and Barry Award. Louise Penny has published a series of books that have become very popular called the Three Pine series are inspired by a group of people, but revolves around a man that astounded her with his courtesy and dignity. Louise Penny took his personality behavior and let it run her imagination wild.

Louise Penny’s character Gamache is the head of homicide department set in Sûreté du Quebec. Louise Penny writes in a whodunit style which allows her readers to engage in the same deduction process of the detectives in her stories.Louise Penny writing style in the new novel takes her readers on life-changing events that help them become better people in everyday life through her characters.

While facing ghosts and unraveling secrets in the village of Sûreté du Qué;bec Louise Penny readers go on a massive journey of resolving the answers to questions asked by Gamache. The first book titled “Still Life” has the popular Chief Inspector Gamache and his team in a world away trying to solve the mystery death of long-time resident Jane Neal.While the locals think the death was an accident Gamache feels something is else is hiding in the depths of the town woods.

Through out the book Louise Penny builds Gamache into a hero who commands his forces and continues the series with charm and power. Gamache goes through a chronicle of events that helps him develop into a better man for his team at the Sûreté du Qué;bec department.

The latest book “The Beautiful Mystery” continues in the wilderness of Quebec and the journey of resolving mysteries for Chief Inspector. The book received many reviews from people magazine, booklist, and Louise Penny fans really support her work, and help her continue the series of Chief Inspector. When writing the series Louise Penny has fun, and hopes her readers are having as much reading the novels as much as she writes them.

Since Louise Penny always wanted to write it shows in her work how well she knows her characters, and enjoy the adventures she takes her characters on. The end of summer 2013 brought another addition to the Gamache series with Louise Penny’s novel “How The Light Gets In.” Louise Penny new novel is set in the winter of Quebec and Chief Gamache is facing an eternal storm of losing most of his agents in the homicide department he’s considering leaving the city when a friend reports her missing friend who is a well-known woman of the world.

With battles within the city against Gamache Louise Penny has her readers on the edge to find out if the chief and his city will find peace and what price will they have to pay to gain it.The novel was released August 2013 and book reviewers have already said Louise Penny talents makes the novel a page turner from beginning to end. The novel is written in a sophisticated way that Louise Penny balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices.

Louise Penny’s work was often compared to Agatha Christie because the main character Gamache reminded other mystery fan readers of the main character in Chrisitie books. The setting of Louise Penny book was also similar to the settings in Agatha Christie books, but that didn’t stop Louise Penny from pursuing her dream as a writer.

Instead it helped her write more because she never expected to publish her work and gain awards her only goal was to finish a book. In the beginning Louise Penny didn’t want to sale her rights to any of her books for television in fear of losing the creativeness of the characters. She eventually sold her right to PDM Entertainment and Attraction Images after the company offered her a position as an executive producer during the film production. Her first film titled “Still Life” has gone into production 2012 fall and is expecting to air sometime in 2013.

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24 Responses to “Louise Penny”

  1. Elaine Biribin: 9 months ago

    Agree with Mary Ellen Kuehl regarding Hilary Clinton.
    I very much enjoy the Inspector Gamache series.

  2. Cheri Cunningham: 11 months ago

    When is the next Inspector Gamache coming out? I am a died in the wool, hooked on Louise reader and I need my next read! November???

  3. Madeline Phillips: 1 year ago

    I’m on my second reading of the first 18 books she wrote about Gamche and now I want MORE more more.I have read them all twice. And, I want to live in Three Pines

  4. GINGER L HOBBS: 1 year ago

    I came across Still Life when it first came out while I was shelving books in a library and have ben hooked ever since. Penny’s books are on my purchase list and have all of them (except the Clinton book not interested in her views). Louise Penny is a gem of an author.

    • Marlene Alder: 1 year ago

      State of Terror with Hilary Clinton is an exciting read, great writing, couldn’t put it down. Not what you might think!

      • MaryEllen Kuehl: 1 year ago

        Nonetheless, I would never contribute any profit or support to something written or co-written by Clinton. Ugh! I agree with Madeline Phillips, though about the Inspector Gamache series. I want more, more, more and I want to live in Three Pines! When is the next one scheduled to be out?

        • Elaine Biribin: 9 months ago

          Agree with Mary Ellen Kuehl regarding Hilary Clinton. Sorry, could not make myself read State of Terror but
          I do enjoy the Inspector Gamache series.

  5. Renni: 2 years ago

    There are a few authors whose books I hoard and jealously deal out to myself because I don’t want to reach the end of the series; and it doesn’t matter if I’m going through it for the first, second or third time. Louise Penny is one of those authors. Only an amazing person can write like this, the suspense, the kindness, the cruelty, the unexpected surprises and of course the ultimate surprise – finding out who did it. I’m so enthralled that I can’t put the book down once I start, there is nothing in my world but me, the folks from Three Pines and the other amazing characters that make the story move along.

  6. Gisele Busch: 2 years ago

    I am reading BURY YOUR DEAD and luckily have a long way to go to finish the books. I would also like to live in Three Pines but in a warmer climate.
    I am a mystery buff and have read mysteries set in almost all countries in the world. I would like o meet Mrs. Penny and tell her that she gave me many hours of happiness.

  7. Daphne Smith: 2 years ago

    Louise Penny is such a treasure. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every one I’ve read. I first found out about her when I received a ‘tip’ from a client who retired from a book store. A Louise Penny book! Wow, that was the best tip ever! Worth more than $$$.

  8. Lyn: 3 years ago

    Louise Penny has certainly breathed wonderful light into her colorful tales. We all want to live in Three Pines. Of course if we do that it won’t be Three Pines anymore. Never-the-less, we can create Three Pines around us, in the way we think, speak, and interact with each other. Such is the beauty of inspiration.

  9. Kathleen Martinez: 3 years ago

    I’ve read all the books (except the two newest ones) at least twice each. Louise Penny is a marvel, I’ve learned about art, history, geography, literature and poetry (I literally take notes!) as I read the Three Pines Mysteries. I want to live in Three Pines, eat the food, visit the people, it’s so inviting! Thank you for making me a part of the family. Best mystery series ever! Thanks for keeping them coming!

    • Millie: 3 years ago

      Would love to buy the books from you if you still have them,if you live near me.
      I live in St Lambert,Quebec Canada 🇨🇦

  10. Jeanne C Wisniewski: 3 years ago

    Such joy to read your books. The last book Madness of Crowds was a mystery but so much more in showing your love and understanding of people with disabilities. I grew up with cousins with cerebal palsy and also have worked at our local ARC community and appreciate anyone promoting an understanding of people with disabilities their intellegence, contribution to society, and their needs. Thank you.

  11. Judy Valentine: 3 years ago

    I love the Three Pines series. I have read them all except the last one, but I will be picking it up this weekend.
    Then I read that Amazon will be making a TV series. I’ve often wondered who could play the roles as richly as you’ve written them.
    The one role I often think about is Myrna. Have you ever thought of Measha Brueggergosman? Do you have any say in the choice of actors?
    I’m looking forward to seeing this on TV, and I hope they do justice to your novels.

  12. Kay: 3 years ago

    I have read them all since the first one came out. I heard an interview with her on the radio at the time the first book came out. Got the book and was hooked. I came from Quebec at the time and all the places were known to me. I’m like
    some of the other readers wait for all the new ones.

  13. Bob Rutz: 3 years ago


    I would like to say that I have read all your books, however, my wife is such a fan she always insists on reading them aloud to some of your fans here in Illinois.

    I know that I am being bold, but what a treasure it would be for my wife to get a signed copy of the new “Crowds” book.

    Your work is very much appreciated,
    Bob Rutz

  14. Barbara Smatlanek: 4 years ago

    …when re-reading the series interesting facts emerge…because the first reading is usually done in a hurry…to get the whole story done fast to find out the end and then you regret reading so quickly because then you realize you have to wait another year for the next book… and always there is the dread that Louise Penny will not write another Gamashe … OMG

    • Judy Valentine: 3 years ago

      Barbara, I know exactly how you feel. I think I’ve read most of them at least twice. I’m now going back for the third time. And I have to go get the latest one this weeken.

    • EPS: 3 years ago

      I completely agree, having just finished The Madding of Crowds I am contemplating starting at the beginning though I’ve never done that before with any other author. A book with Hillary Clinton? No thanks. I passed on Bill Clinton’s coauthor foray as well.

  15. Rita Maxson Blizzard Morris: 6 years ago

    Am binge reading all of these; am in love with all of the characters, I want to live in Three Pines….cannot wait for November 2018 for the latest one!

  16. Frances Hohn: 6 years ago

    A few pages into Glass Houses I had to google Three Pines. It was so real! A fantastic story from a fantastic story-teller!

  17. wnysnow: 7 years ago

    The writing sucks you into the lives of the characters, Three Pines and makes you want to have a baquette at hand.

    • Eliska Adema: 7 years ago

      My heart stopped when I read the first three words. Then I continued. The writing makes me want to live in Three Pines


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