#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Globe and Mail Bestseller
New York Times Book Review 10 Best Crime Novels of the Year
The Washington Post Best Mystery Books and Thrillers of 2016
NPR’s Best Books of 2016
Seattle Times 10 Best Mysteries of 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
Winner of the 2016 BookBrowse Fiction Award
LibraryReads "Favorite of Favorites" Top 10 Books of 2016
Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2016 finalist
BookPage 10 Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
Audible’s Best Mystery/Thriller of 2016
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5 Favorite Audiobooks of 2016
BOLO Books Top Reads of 2016
"Deep and grand and altogether extraordinary....Miraculous."
—The Washington Post
“Artful… powerful… magical.”
—The New York Times Book Review
—O, the Oprah Magazine
“Transcends the mystery genre.”
—AARP, The Magazine
"Luminous prose, complex but uncluttered plots, and profound compassion."
“Satin prose… A splendid and moving novel.”
—Richmond Times Dispatch
“A Great Reckoning succeeds on every level."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Louise Penny [is] legendary... The magic of Penny’s books lies in the details."
"This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils."
—Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)
"A compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy."
"A chilling story that's also filled with hope a beloved Penny trademark.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Riveting...with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot."
—Library Journal (starred)
“Smart and Satisfying.”
“Delivers answers to perplexing puzzles…[with] engaging characters and richly layered plot.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Additional Praise for Louise Penny and the Armand Gamache Mysteries
“Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit.”
“Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency."
—The Charlotte Observer
“Penny, who raises the bar with each entry in this superb series, has always mixed murder and corruption with issues of morality...[S]he does so with her accustomed talent for a gripping plot, rich characterizations, arresting prose and thought-provoking questions of mercy, malice and the contradictions of the human race." —Richmond-Times Dispatch
"This series dominates best-seller lists and award lists for a reason. Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and – thank goodness – redemption."
—Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer
“Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable – the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.”
—New York Times Book Review
LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.