All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 16)

by Louise Penny

Hardcover, 2020

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Minotaur Books (2020), 448 pages

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LibraryThing member fromthecomfychair
Loved it. One of her best. The setting of Paris is enchanting, the twists and turns of the plot left me dizzy. Sorry this visit with Gamache and company ended so quickly.
LibraryThing member jepeters333
The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.

It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.

A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.

Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.

For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.
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LibraryThing member lauralkeet
This entry in the Inspector Gamache mystery is a departure, literally, from the previous books in that it is set not in Quebec, but in Paris. Over the series arc, Armand Gamache’s two adult children have relocated to Paris with their spouses and children. Armand and his wife Reine Marie arrive in the city in order to welcome a new grandchild. Armand also takes the opportunity to visit his godfather, Stephen Horowitz, a wealthy businessman who took Armand under his wing after his parents died. After a night out with the family, Stephen is struck by a car and critically injured. It appears this was no accident; while Stephen fights for his life in hospital, another man is murdered and Armand inserts himself into the investigation.

The entire family quickly becomes involved: Armand’s son-in-law, Jean Guy Beauvoir, was Armand’s second in command in the Sûreté du Québec. His son Daniel works for a bank that might have been involved in transactions relevant to the case. Even Reine Marie, who is usually more of a bystander, plays an active role due to her background as an archivist. This ““family investigative team” was a bit of a stretch, made up for by a strong subplot involving family relationships.

The investigation is filled with so many twists and turns it can make your head spin. While it was well crafted, the reveal relied heavily on the brilliance of a single investigator, rather than a series of clues for the reader to piece together. It’s best to just go with the flow, and enjoy some fast-paced armchair travel.
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LibraryThing member CMDH5
Is there anything like diving into a new series? No, no there’s not thankyouverymuch. Always one to buck the linear path I decided to start the Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, series with the most recent. All the Devils are Here is the 16th in the series. I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook narrated by Robert Bathurst and jumped for my headphones! This was a double edged sword, and I fell hard.
The 16th book in the series finds the Gamache family in Paris. After a family dinner while walking home Armands godfather, Stephen Horowitz, is critically injured. This draws Armand into a very personal investigation that uncovers years of secrets.
I am a huge audiophile. Audiobooks are my default this year. If you’re familiar with the series I stand by this. If you’re new to the series I’m going to recommend reading in print, and probably reading the first in the series before any of the others. Robert Bathurst is a phenomenal narrator and when he’s narrating the story I’m following, I’m immersed, I’m there for it. When he moves into a characters french accent I’m lost. I’m trying to follow a layered mystery plot, family connections which feature heavily in this book, and identify characters with accents and french words tossed in. In theory the differentiation of voices would help. It was one layer too complicated for this reader/listener to tease apart. I wanted to mentally peel it back and read. This surprised me as normally I love ensemble cast recordings, narrators with accents, etc.
The other edge of that sword, I’m hooked! I loved the story, the mystery, the family relationship dynamics, and immediately dove into the first book in the series, Still Life. I’m working my way through several in print and then will jump back into audio again. The talented Robert Bathurst narrates the series starting with book 11, The Nature of the Beast.
There’s a reason this is a best selling series, has a cult following, and Louise Penny has won numerous awards including being honored for her contributions to Canadian culture. Always mentioned with cozy mysteries I believe they far surpass this description. Characters are nuanced, and complex. The mystery layered and multifaceted. I recommend for lovers of mysteries, most specifically for those familiar with the series.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for the advanced listener copy. All opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member ChelleBearss
This was a special treat for me when I got approved for this from NetGalley just before going on vacation! Not only is it the new Louise Penny, which I've been waiting to purchase, but it's in audio format. I have read all over her novels in print so far, so to be able to listen to this in a voice that I could very well imagine Gamache's voice to sound like, accent and all, was a real pleasure. The novel had a very interesting plot line, and while I missed Three Pines I did think this was very well done.
I totally recommend this series and I very much enjoyed this in audio format.

(Thanks to NetGalley for this ebook in exchange for an honest review.)
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LibraryThing member bereanna
This may be my favorite Penny book. Reiner-Marie and Armand are in Paris to visit their children and grandchildren when they become embroiled in a mystery. First Stephen, Armand’s godfather, is hit intentionally by a truck, then a man is found dead in his apartment. Themes of love, family, and friendship merge with mystery to make this worth reading g again one day.… (more)
LibraryThing member Beamis12
I was a little doubtful, this novel set in Paris and not in my beloved Three Pines? Still, all our main characters, albeit not the quirky ones, together awaiting the arrival of Annie's and Jean-Guys new daughter, and having dinner with Stephen, Armand's Godfather. Ruth dies make an appearance in an unusual but amusing way. So this is where is starts, leaving the restaurant Stephen is hit by a car with murderous intent. Now, in a coma, Ganache has every intention of getting to the bottom of this horrific occurrence. It starts, and doesn't stop. More bodies of course, a twisted plot of men in power and corporations and others who look the other way for profit. Could this be true? Yeah right like it isn't happening everyday and not just in novels.

Along the way, we learn the background, questioned by some, of Stephen. We are treated to the Gamaches and their relationships as a family. We experience the happiness of a birth and a reconciliation. I held my breath at one of the scenes, thinking, or shouting in my mind, no, no. This was a non stop ride in a half. Terrific as was the narration if Robert Bathurst. At books end a song came to mind which I will put in spoilers since it night be too good a clue to discerning mind. Who says you can't go home by Bon Jovi.

Motto: Never distrust a story by a favored author, especially one as talented as Louise Penny.

ARC by Netgalley.
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LibraryThing member cyderry
Even though this is the 16th installment of the Chief Inspector Gamache (or affectionately known by most followers as the Three Pines) series, readers can still take comfort in the greatness of the characters that have continued to mystify and embrace our hearts and minds. In this newest tale, Armand and Reine Marie have arrived in Paris for the birth of their newest grandchild where Annie and Jean Guy have taken up residence for Jean Guy's new job. Armand is also hoping to spend time with his estranged son, Daniel, and his family who also live in Paris. Their celebrations include Stephen Horowitz, Armand's godfather who after a family dinner is ruthlessly rundown in what Armand knows was no accident. Determined to find out why Stephen was targeted, Armand with Jean Guy's help, plunge into a deadly plot which could have global repercussions if it is not thwarted. But what crime has driven someone to kill, where has Stephen hidden the evidence and what is it evidence of?

The story was phenomenal, woven so tightly that this reader was mesmerized. The manner in which the family and mystery were intertwined made it difficult to stop reading even late into the night. I also thoroughly enjoyed the family interactions and revelations of Armand's younger life and his children's relationship with him as a father. There were several times as well when we see the sense of humor of Armand and Reine Marie which only makes them seem more humans and not just characters on a page. I laughed out loud on several occasions.

I was fortunate enough to receive this book in audio version. The Narrator was very adept at changing voices so that the reader could just ride right on with the story, never having to wonder who was saying what..

The only unfortunate thing about this book, is that we will have to wait again to hear from the Gamache family.
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LibraryThing member SignoraEdie
I started this book and could not put it down. I love Gamache and in this story he and his wife go to Parish to be with their children as they await the birth of a granddaughter. They become embroiled in a mystery when Armand's godfather is deliberately rundown in the street but the story is more than a is about humanity, human nature, family, loss, loyalty, regret.... Amazing writing, Louise Penny!… (more)
LibraryThing member delphimo
My favorite author and fabulous mystery writer, Louise Penny, plots out another great tale. Instead of Three Pines, we find our cast of characters in Paris, The City of Light. Jean-Guy and Annie await the birth of a daughter, their second child. Armand and Reine-Marie have come to celebrate this happy event and to see Daniel and his family. Walking home from a family celebration, Stephen Horowitz steps off the sidewalk and a car runs him down. A race to save and protect Stephen and the world plunges Armand into the depths of chaos and despair. Louise Penny employs Shakespeare with the book title and many memorable quotations and allusions throughout the book. The novel explores relationships among family and friends and the sense of loyalty and love and our ability to face despair and happiness. Thank you, Louise Penny, for supplying me with hours of reading pleasure.… (more)
LibraryThing member brangwinn
As usual, after reading a Chief Inspector Gamache book, I say this one is the best! I wasn’t expecting to like a book set in Paris nearly as well as one set in Quebec City and Three Pines, but what won my love was the getting to know so much more about Gamache’s family. Having them play such important roles in this book. Hurray for Reine Marie and the other librarians who show how important libraries are! Learning so much more about Gamache’s son, Daniel, was also a big part of my love for this book. Of course, its emotional. I needed Kleenex several times to wipe the tears away. I am so glad it ended up back in Three Pines. Of the fiction places I most want to visit, Three Pines is at the top of my list. Be warned though: If you listen to the audio version, and you are halfway through the book, close the door and put a sign up that gives the phone number for pizza delivery. You won’t want to be interrupted for mundane things like preparing for dinner. I only meant to listen for an hour but ended up listening for three and a half hours. That is what a good narrator does. They so totally immerse you in the book, the rest of the world goes away.… (more)
LibraryThing member Maydacat
The Gamache family is in Paris, visiting Armand’s godfather and awaiting the birth of Annie’s child. What should have been a time of celebration turns to horror as the elderly Stephen is brutally run down by a hit-and-run driver in a deliberate act of homicide. As he lies unconscious in the hospital, Armand begins to uncover one mystery after another that will eventually pull Armand and some of his family into a ring of danger from which escape may not be possible. It’s a complex and intriguing tale of subterfuge, and yet one of courage and of love and sacrifice. No one writes a tale quite like Louise Penny, and this one does not disappoint. And though “all the devils are here,” Ms. Penny reminds us in the closing statement in her acknowledgments that “goodness exists.”… (more)
LibraryThing member ddelmoni
I tried so hard to go slowly (and still finished in 3 days)!
I'm a binge reader. Louise Penny currently holds my personal 'binge record' -- 14 novels in the winter of 2018/19. The problem with binge reading, once you're done you have to wait and saver the next book. I hate leaving Three Pines and waiting for the next installment of the Gamache series.

As excited as I was for this new novel I knew Ruth & the gang weren't in it and I'd have a long wait to return to Three Pines. Surprisingly I didn't miss the village or my 'friends' but completely failed in the saver part.

All the Devils Are Here is classic Louise Penny. Though those outlier 3-star reviews do have their points -- yes it's set in Paris not Quebec with the lesser characters, yes its somewhat contrived, yes the 'I love yous' were a bit much, and its definitely a thriller, not a mystery -- but I don't care. This is a five-star read and one of Penny's best!
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LibraryThing member Doondeck
So good to have Armand back. Paris locale was interesting, but I prefer Three Pines. Plot became convoluted at times, but who cares? When's the next book?
LibraryThing member thewanderingjew
All The Devils Are Here, Louise Penny, author; Robert Bathurst, narrator
I look forward to every book that comes out in this series. Inspector Gamache and his family are great examples of real people who relate to each other with kindness and compassion. They live in a small, lovely town, in Canada called Three Pines. It is charming with its unusual residents, one who owns a duck that spouts curse words and another who runs the local pub and treats them like family. The readers will find that it is a place they, too, would like to live in, or visit. They are all good friends, and treat each other with warmth and compassion, even though they are of a wide variety of ages and are from different social and professional backgrounds. The narrator, Bathurst, has a mellow voice and his tone and accent are perfect for the listener as he relates the story. Each character’s personality comes to life as events unfold.
In this novel, Reine Marie and Armand Gamache are in Paris awaiting the birth of their second grandchild. Their daughter Annie is due any minute. She and Beauvois already have a son, Honore, and they are now expecting a daughter. They have recently moved to Paris where Beauvois has taken a job to work for a risk management company. Daniel Gamache, their son, works for a bank there that is actually involved with that same company. Stephen Horowitz, Armand’s Godfather, a billionaire, has some money in Daniel’s bank, as well. Soon, they will all be connected in a diabolical plot to cover up several tragedies which, had they been exposed to the light of day and some real investigation, might have prevented some of them. They will all soon be in grave danger, as well.
When the book opens, Armand is in a park, having a warm reunion with Stephen, a fit elderly man who is still very much involved in business. When they part, they confirm that they are to meet later that evening for dinner with the entire family. After their celebratory reunion dinner, Stephen is run down by a truck in a hit and run accident. He is in critical condition. At 93, there is not much hope for him to survive his grave injuries. When another victim is discovered in Stephen’s apartment, and his residence and hotel rooms are ransacked, it becomes obvious that the accident truly was not an accident, but really was attempted murder.
As Armand investigates the accident and tries to discover the reasons for it, he relies on little hints that Stephen had given him during their conversation earlier that day, in the park. The mystery grows in several directions as cold-hearted killers are uncovered and a diabolical plot which could harm many innocent victims is discovered. Apparently there is a massive cover-up that Stephen was investigating. It involved corporate greed and negligence. Beauvois, who used to be the head of Homicide in Quebec, a job now held by Armand, is enlisted to help.
Soon, as some of the mystery unravels, it becomes even more complicated. A rare earth mineral is involved and it has put all of the members of the family in danger. Has corruption invaded the Police Department in Paris? Can Armand solve this mystery in time to save them all from unknown threats? Will family disputes and misunderstanding impact the investigation? What is the connection between the bank and the risk management company? Can Beauvois and Daniel be involved somehow? How is their connection tied to Stephen and his accident? What was Stephen trying to tell Armand? Slowly, the story unfolds and its tentacles reach far and wide.
Without using crude sex or language meant just to titillate the reader, Penny creates an atmosphere of honor and good will throughout the investigatory process. All of her books are heartwarming and are clean good fun. Even as jealousy and long held bitter grudges come to life, the overriding feeling imparted is that of a loving family working together, not at odds with each other.
I eagerly await the next book in this series. Each and every character invites me into their life as a member of the family. I truly enjoy visiting with them.
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LibraryThing member bogopea
An Inspector Gamache, #16, and quite possibly the best yet. All the action happens in Paris, to where the Gamache's traveled for the birth of Annie's second child. Every member of the Gamache family is put in peril by events that force Gamache to initiate an investigation into wrongdoings by an engineering company where his son-in-law recently took a job. Very twisty turny and hard to know who the good guys are. Loved it.… (more)
LibraryThing member jetangen4571
family-dynamics, friendship, Paris, law-enforcement, intrigue, trust-issues, international-crime-and-mystery*****

Secrets, lies, and deceit in the City of Light. Inspector Gamache and wife have come to Paris to celebrate with part of their family and with his elderly mentor from childhood and beyond. But the joyous reunion is marred by a serious attempt on Steven's life and spirals downward as things are uncovered. Then the plot "thickens" and intensifies even if it seems to meander at times. All in all it was very well worth the nearly 14 hours as I went about the mundane things.
I was impressed with the audio performance by Robert Bathurst and his ability to bring the characters and their personalities to life.
I requested and received a free audio copy from Macmillan Audio via NetGalley. Thank you!
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LibraryThing member kimkimkim
Whenever I hear that Louis Penny has a new book coming out I do a little happy dance in my head and then I take any and all possible actions to be the first on line to get my hands on that book. Imagine my chagrin when I found I was number 244 on my library reserve list. But I am resourceful and I landed my copy and like so many of Ms. Penny’s books “All the Devils are Here” is a showstopper. She knows how to weave a story. She injects her characters with the most believable personalities, pluses, minuses, flaws and constancy. She lifts you up, she pulls the rug out from under you, she teases, she lays it on the line, warts and all. She makes you aware of the goodness in man while teaching you about those who have lost their way.

Her Acknowledgements are brilliant. Whatever you do take the time to read those pages carefully because there is a story not to be missed. Ms. Penny is not only an amazing writer but the depth of her person is embraced in Armand Gamache. Can’t you see her strength, courage, care and compassion in the pages of the Acknowledgements?!

Now it is finished and once again I have my ear to the ground listening for word of her next book.
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LibraryThing member SamSattler
All the Devils Are Here is Louise Penny’s sixteenth Inspector Armand Gamache mystery in a remarkable series that began in 2005 with Still Life. I’ve read all but four of the Gamache books now, but this is my first experience with a Gamache novel in the audiobook format. I have to confess that if I had gotten nothing else from the audiobook (and I certainly did get more) the experience would have been helpful anyway because I learned I have been mispronouncing “Gamache” in my head all these years – apparently the second “a” in the surname rhymes with the “a” in “cat.” Who knew?

Narrator Robert Bathurst is himself a veteran of the Gamache books as this appears to be at least the sixth Louise Penny novel for which he’s done the narration. Bathurst, an English actor who spent some of his formative years in Ireland, does a masterful job of assigning slightly different accents to Penny’s characters, including those who speak with a French accent. That kind of thing makes it easier for the reader/listener to distinguish between characters and even helps in creating a visual image of each. And, although, it is difficult for male readers to do female voices without sounding at least a little bit silly at times, Bathurst manages to pull off the trick.

What’s so completely different about All the Devils Are Here is that it takes place in Paris rather then in or around the little Canadian village of Three Pines where the other fifteen novels are set. Regular readers of the series will recall that the previous novel in the series, A Better Man, ended with Gamache’s son-in-law, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, having quit the Montreal police force as Gamache’s second-in-command and accepting a job with a private Paris company. The Gamaches were saying goodbye to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson as the novel ended. And because the unusually close relationship between Jean-Guy and Armand Gamache is such a key element of the novels, readers were left wondering what Louise Penny had up her sleeve for the next book.

Well, now we know.

Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are in Paris for a family reunion of sorts. Annie, their daughter, is about to give birth to her second child, and the Gamaches are excited about seeing their son, also a Paris resident, and his family (including their two granddaughters) again. Gamache’s elderly godfather, Stephen, a man who practically raised the inspector, is also in Paris to celebrate the new addition to the Gamache family. But all of that happiness evaporates suddenly on the Gamache’s first evening in the city when, after a family dinner, Armand’s godfather is ruthlessly run down in the street by a delivery van. It is immediately obvious to Gamache and Reine-Marie that his godfather has been the victim of something much more serious than a hit-and-run. This was no accident.

Now it is up to Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir to figure out who wanted so badly to kill Gamache’s billionaire godfather – and why. What follows is so complex that I advise readers to pay particularly close attention to every aspect of the investigation as Gamache and Beauvoir try to figure out exactly whom they can trust. Is anyone really who they appear to be? Has the Paris police department been compromised? Is Stephen anything like the man Armand Gamache thought he knew?

New series readers will probably focus most on the plot - and it’s a good one - of All the Devils Are Here, but longtime series readers are likely to more appreciate all of the revelations about the Gamache family that Penny provides. In this one, we are finally getting answers to some of the questions we’ve been wondering about for a long time – especially about the strained relationship between Gamache and his son Daniel. Too, we learn much about Armand Gamache’s boyhood and past here, and that is greatly satisfying.

Bottom Line: Readers are going to miss Three Pines and all of its colorful characters, but this is a necessary chapter in the lives of Gamache and those closest to him. Now to see where Penny takes them next.

Audiobook provided by Publisher for Review Purposes
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LibraryThing member bookworm12
Gamache is back, this time he's in Paris visiting his children and awaiting the birth of his new granddaughter. Of course I missed the crew in Three Pines, but the mystery is an interesting one. It involves his rich eccentric godfather Stephen and an attempt on his life. As they try to solve the puzzle and the clock ticks down, Gamache's strained relationship with his son Daniel complicates things. I love this series so much and even though she just released this one, I can't wait for the next book.… (more)
LibraryThing member lamour
Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife go to Paris to be with their daughter, Anne, as she is near giving birth. His son, Daniel, is also in Paris working. When Gamache's godfather, Stephen Horowitz is almost killed by a hit and run driver, Gamache quickly learns it was attempted murder. This sets off a dangerous case where another Quebec friend of Stephen's is murdered and Gamache's friend Claude Dussault, head of the Paris police becomes a suspect in the eyes of Gamache.

Other issues are the arrival of the baby and the conflict in the relationship between Gamache and his son, Daniel.

I know it is fiction but Gamache or his wife had so many friends in high places in Paris that are conveniently placed to aid them at important moments in the narrative that it does stretch credibility. I did enjoy the descriptions of Paris and its many historic sites plus the history the author jams into the story. The novel was definitely current because the reconstruction of Notre Dame is described.
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LibraryThing member andsoitgoes
This is the 16th title in the series and is one of her best! Fast-paced, timely, more info on the Gamache family. If she wanted to end the series this would be a great wrap up but I hope she doesn't. I listened to the audio version narrated by Robert Bathurst and it was well done.
LibraryThing member sleahey
In this page-turner, the Gamache family is all in Paris to await the birth of Annie and Guy's second child. When Armand's godfather is struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver before their eyes, a murder investigation ensues, uncovering lots of secrets and betrayals. The pace accelerates right up until the end, and the family dynamics for the Gamache clan are explored in more depth than in earlier books. Most satisfying.… (more)
LibraryThing member bookappeal
The intricate motive is less satisfying than the characterizations in this episode of Gamache & Co. but, as always, Louise Penny's writing is simply a joy to read. Seeing Paris through the Gamaches' eyes is lovely and it's nice to have a long-lingering relationship issue resolved. Many of the later scenes are very, very tense.… (more)
LibraryThing member jmoncton
Louise Penny has a magical way of describing a place. She inserts into her story scents and foods and beautiful descriptions that make me want to jump on a plane (with my mask of course) and go there. Most of her mysteries take place in the small town of Three Pines and each time I finish one of those stories I wish I was in the charming town, sitting in the bistro with my cafe au lait.

But this mystery takes place in Paris, not an imaginary town. And Louise Penny has perfectly captured not only the elegance of this city, but also the subtle attitudes of Parisians. I loved seeing the snobbery toward Canadians with their 'uncultured' accent and lack of sophistication. Just love this series!
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