The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

BLOG“Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. “

Young Laurent has been crying wolf for years. With a big imagination and a tendency towards sensationalism, his cries and warnings had ceased to be taken seriously.  After a shocking discovery it appears that there was truth to Laurent’s latest warning.  The discovery uncovers a long hidden secret and unearths a dark history with far reaching consequences.

This is the eleventh book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  As always, Louise Penny weaves a page-turning mystery, taking us back to the village of Three Pines and bringing with it all the great characters the fans of the series have come to love.

This is my favourite mystery series and I’m always eagerly awaiting the next release.  The Nature of the Beast does not disappoint and as with the previous books, I couldn’t put it down.  The author has a strong ability in putting together an intriguing story that will keep you guessing, combined with interesting and likeable characters.  This book delivers all that and introduces new characters along with a new threat, which gives us an idea of where the series may go from here.

While I have enjoyed all the books so far I do prefer the earlier ones, which had a simplicity and charm to them that is not as evident in the later works. Each new book seems to take on larger threats and more one-dimensional “bad guys.”  The Nature of the Beast is a page-turning mystery that I feel fans of the series will enjoy. However, if you have not read Louise Penny’s previous books, I recommend you start from the beginning of the series in order to get to know the characters and appreciate the overall progression.

Favourite quote: “But they both knew that words were weapons too, and when fashioned into a story their power was almost limitless.” 

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