Northshire Live: Louise Penny presents THE MADNESS OF CROWDS

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Sunday, August 29, 2021 - 2:00pm
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and favorite of readers of all stripes, Louise Penny will present her latest Inspector Gamache novel THE MADNESS OF CROWDS with Robert Bathurst, narrator of the audiobook.

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel

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.

Robert Bathurst’s many series on television include Cold Feet, Toast Of London, Downton Abbey, Joking Apart, Emma, Dr Who. His many stage productions include the title role in King Charles 111 for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and he created a stage show with animation, Love, Loss & Chianti, dramatising two books by the poet Christopher Reid. He has performed seven of  Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels for Macmillan Audio, has been nominated for three Audie Awards, winning Best Male Narrator in 2020. He judged the Costa Book of the Year and the BBC Radio Drama Prize and writes for magazines about showbiz and horseracing.

LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, most recently All the Devils Are Here. 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.

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The Madness of Crowds: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #17) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250145260
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 24th, 2021

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