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An enthralling mystery novel

All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel) by Louise Penny, Minotaur Books, $28.99, Pp 447, September 2020, ISBN 978-1250145239

In her 16th novel, Louise Penny takes us to Paris where Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec and his wife Marie Reine are present to celebrate the birth of their grandchild. It is their first night in Paris. The Gamache family gathers at a chic, high-end bistro for dinner where his billionaire godfather Stephen Horowitz also joins them. The celebratory dinner was all fun but as they leave the bistro and start walking home, a speeding car strikes Stephen Horowitz down. He has to be taken to an emergency room where he falls in coma. Ordinarily, it looks like an ordinary accident but Gamache instinctively knows it is part of a plot to kill him. But he has no clue to the background to the attack. Who are the people behind this sinister crime? Why do they want to kill Stephen Horowitz?  Gamache has to grope in the dark if he wants to catch the culprits. Despite all odds, he is determined to go ahead with uncovering the criminals. He sees light at the end of tunnel when he finds a strange key in Stephen Horowitz’s possession. The key will take Gamache and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir all over the City of Lights. The strange key turns out to be the key to the well-guarded secrets of Gamache’s godfather. As Gamache uncovers one secret after the other with the discovered key, his whole family is caught up in a web of lies and mysteries and threats. The threat to the Gamache family is real and imminent. In such a situation, Gamache does not know whom to trust or not to trust. As the City of Lights casts long shadows, he decides to trust only his instincts and his past. Unlike her earlier novels, Louise Penny weaves the story in Paris — out of Canada — and gives a new color to the story. Penny captures inner workings of international crime and people in high places. As a gifted storyteller, Louise Penny keeps you glued to the book. As you turn pages, you feel missing your heart beat every now and then. If you have enjoyed her previous books, you will enjoy this one more. If this is the first book by Louise Penny you are reading, you will be tempted to read her previous books.

About the author

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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