Book Buzz: The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

“This series has always excelled... This new novel grapples successfully with the moral weight of its narrative… ‘All Will Be Well’ never sounded so menacing.” ― The New York Times Book Review



You’re a coward.


Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.


It starts innocently enough.


While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.


He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.


While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.


They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.


Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.


Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.


When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.


And the madness of crowds.

“Timely and thrilling… faithful readers know that one of Penny’s books is less a single-serving crime tale than a full spread of fiction. The mystery may be the main course, but the side dishes―the food for thought, and the food at the Bistro; the people and their lives and, yes, loves; and certainly the setting itself―combine to create a full banquet for readers, one liberally seasoned with dry humor. The Madness of Crowds is one of the richest and most satisfying banquets yet.”
― St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

448 Pages

ISBN 9781250145260


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 (seven 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.