Louise Penny

Louise Penny

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October 29th, 2024: The Grey Wolf

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Louise Penny Stats: The highest rated book by Louise Penny on Book Notification is A Great Reckoning, the 12th novel in the Inspector Gamache series. The second-highest rated book is How the Light Gets In (Inspector Gamache #9).

The most read book by Louise Penny on Book Notification is Still Life, the first novel in the Inspector Gamache series. The second most read book is Dead Cold / A Fatal Grace (Inspector Gamache #2).

Below is a complete list of Louise Penny books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Louise Penny is the Inspector Gamache Series.

List of Inspector Gamache Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.3
Still Life
2005
2
8.6
Dead Cold / A Fatal Grace
2006
3
8.6
The Cruellest Month
2007
4
8.4
A Rule Against Murder / The Murder Stone
2008
5
8.7
The Brutal Telling
2009
6
8.8
Bury Your Dead
2010
7
8.8
A Trick of the Light
2011
8
9
The Beautiful Mystery
2012
9
9.3
How the Light Gets In
2013
10
8.4
The Long Way Home
2014
11
8.9
The Nature of the Beast
2015
12
9.4
A Great Reckoning
2016
13
8.8
Glass Houses
2017
14
9.1
Kingdom of the Blind
2018
15
8.9
A Better Man
2019
16
9.2
All the Devils Are Here
2020
17
8.8
The Madness of Crowds
2021
18
8.8
A World of Curiosities
2022
19
The Grey Wolf
2024

List of Inspector Gamache Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Louise Penny Anthologies in Publication Order

Louise Penny: Biography

Louise Penny was born on July 1st, 1958 and is currently 65 years old. Louise Penny was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Penny attended Ryerson University where she received a B.A. Radio and Television.

Louise Penny is the author of the Inspector Gamache series which currently consists of 19 novels. The Inspector Gamache series started in 2005 with the novel Still Life. The most recently released novel in the Inspector Gamache series was A World of Curiosities which was released in 2022. There is an upcoming novel for the Inspector Gamache series entitled The Grey Wolf which is being released on October 29th, 2024.

Louise Penny: Awards & Accolades

Louise Penny won the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Grand Master Award, in 2022.

Louise Penny has won many awards including:

  • Still Life won the Crime Writer's Association Award, New Blood Dagger Award, in 2006 as well as the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence - Best First Crime Novel in 2006, Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2007, Barry Award - Best First Novel in 2007, Anthony Award - Best First Mystery in 2007.
  • Dead Cold / A Fatal Grace won the Agatha Award, Best Novel, in 2007.
  • The Cruellest Month won the Agatha Award, Best Novel, in 2008.
  • The Brutal Telling won the Agatha Award, Best Novel, in 2009 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2010.
  • Bury Your Dead won the Agatha Award, Best Novel, in 2010 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2011 and the Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2011, Macavity Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2011, Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence - Best Crime Novel in 2011, Nero Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2011.
  • A Trick of the Light won the Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2012.
  • The Beautiful Mystery won the Agatha Award, Best Novel, in 2012 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2013, Macavity Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2013.
  • How the Light Gets In won the BookBrowse Awards, Best Fiction Book, in 2013 as well as the Lefty Award - The Calamari Award in 2014.
  • The Nature of the Beast won the Lefty Award, Best World Mystery, in 2016 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Audiobook in 2016.
  • A Great Reckoning won the BookBrowse Awards, Best Fiction Book, in 2016 as well as the Agatha Award - Best Contemporary Novel in 2016, Lefty Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2017, Barry Award - Best Novel in 2017, Macavity Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2017, Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2017.
  • Glass Houses won the Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel, in 2017.
  • Kingdom of the Blind won the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2020.
  • All the Devils Are Here won the Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel, in 2020 as well as the Lefty Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2021.
  • A World of Curiosities won the Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel, in 2022 as well as the Macavity Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2023.

The following novels by Louise Penny were also nominated for these awards:

  • The Cruellest Month: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2008). Barry Award, Best Novel (2009). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2009). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2009).
  • A Rule Against Murder / The Murder Stone: Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2009).
  • Still Life: Barry Award, Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade (2010).
  • The Brutal Telling: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2010). Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (2010).
  • A Trick of the Light: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2011). Agatha Award, Best Novel (2011). Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (2012). Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2012). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2012).
  • The Beautiful Mystery: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2012).
  • How the Light Gets In: Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel (2013). Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2013). RUSA Awards, Mystery Award (2014). Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2014). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2014).
  • The Long Way Home: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2014). Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel (2014). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2015). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2015).
  • The Nature of the Beast: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2015). Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel (2015). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2016).
  • A Great Reckoning: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2016).
  • Glass Houses: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2017). Anthony Award, Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Series (2018). Lefty Award, Best Mystery Novel (2018). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2018). Audie Award, Best Male Narrator (2018).
  • Kingdom of the Blind: Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel (2018). Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Best Crime Novel (2019). Lefty Award, Best Mystery Novel (2019).
  • A Better Man: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2019). Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel (2019).
  • All the Devils Are Here: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2020). Barry Award, Best Novel (2021). Audie Award, Best Male Narrator (2021). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2021).
  • The Madness of Crowds: Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel (2021). Audie Award, Best Male Narrator (2022).
  • A World of Curiosities: Lefty Award, Best Mystery Novel (2023). Anthony Award, Best Hardcover Novel (2023).

Louise Penny: Lists & Other Mentions

  • How the Light Gets In was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2013 and 2013.
  • The Long Way Home was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2014.
  • A Great Reckoning was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2016.
  • Glass Houses was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2017.
  • Kingdom of the Blind was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2018.
  • A Better Man was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2019.
  • All the Devils Are Here was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2020.
  • The Madness of Crowds was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2021.
  • A World of Curiosities was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.

Louise Penny: TV/Movies Based on Books

The Inspector Gamache series of novels was made into a TV series for Amazon. It is called Three Pines and was announced in May 2020. It stars Alfred Molina as Inspector Gamache, and is primarily based on A Fatal Grace in the first few episodes, the second novel in the Gamache series.

The multiple award winning novel Still Life, the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, was made into a TV movie in 2013. It starred Nathaniel Parker as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and was directed by Peter Moss.

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  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  4. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  5. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.

Louise Penny: F.A.Q

When was Louise Penny Born? How old is Louise Penny?

Louise Penny was born on July 1st, 1958. Louise Penny is currently 65 years old.

Where was Louise Penny Born?

Louise Penny was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is Canadian.

What awards has Louise Penny won?

Louise Penny has won the following awards: Grand Master Award at the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence (2022).

What book awards has Louise Penny won?

Still Life: Crime Writer's Association Award New Blood Dagger Award (2006), Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Best First Crime Novel (2006), Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (2007), Barry Award Best First Novel (2007), Anthony Award Best First Mystery (2007).
Dead Cold / A Fatal Grace: Agatha Award Best Novel (2007).
The Cruellest Month: Agatha Award Best Novel (2008).
The Brutal Telling: Agatha Award Best Novel (2009), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2010).
Bury Your Dead: Agatha Award Best Novel (2010), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2011), Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (2011), Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (2011), Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Best Crime Novel (2011), Nero Award Best Mystery Novel (2011).
A Trick of the Light: Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2012).
The Beautiful Mystery: Agatha Award Best Novel (2012), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2013), Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (2013).
How the Light Gets In: BookBrowse Awards Best Fiction Book (2013), Lefty Award The Calamari Award (2014).
The Nature of the Beast: Lefty Award Best World Mystery (2016), Anthony Award Best Audiobook (2016).
A Great Reckoning: BookBrowse Awards Best Fiction Book (2016), Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel (2016), Lefty Award Best Mystery Novel (2017), Barry Award Best Novel (2017), Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (2017), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2017).
Glass Houses: Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel (2017).
Kingdom of the Blind: Audie Award Best Male Narrator (2020).
All the Devils Are Here: Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel (2020), Lefty Award Best Mystery Novel (2021).
A World of Curiosities: Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel (2022), Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (2023).

What was the first book Louise Penny wrote?

The first novel written by Louise Penny was Still Life, published in 2005.

What was the most recent book Louise Penny wrote?

Her most recently released work was A World of Curiosities on November 29th, 2022.

Will there be any more books by Louise Penny?

Louise Penny has a new book coming out on October 29th, 2024 called The Grey Wolf.

How many books has Louise Penny written?

Louise Penny has written 21 books. 19 books in the Inspector Gamache Series, 1 Short Story/Novella, 1 Standalone Novel, 1 Standalone Novel.

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    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    I started reading Still Life my introduction to the works of Louise Penny upon the insistence of my friends.
    I had picked it up several years back but never got around to reading it until a few weeks ago.
    Since then I have gone on to read several novels in the series and particularly loved The Brutal Telling a fantastic mystery read in which Chief Inspector Gamache unearths rancid secrets and treasures while conducting his investigations.
    One thing I can say with confidence is that I will finish reading the rest of the series in a few months, yes they are that good.
    Louise Penny is an excellent author who knows how to work in some brilliant and complex mysteries that will keep you glued to the story from the first page to the last.

    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    All of Louise’s Inspector Gamache Mystery Books are well written, filled with suspense, and I’ve been a fan since checking out The Beautiful Mystery, book eight of the series.

    Still Life, the first book, is still one of the very best of the series, serving as a great introduction to Chief Inspector Gamache as well as the other characters, not to mention investigating this mysterious death makes for some engaging reading.

    Most of the novels in this series I’ve enjoyed quite a lot, others a bit less, and one or two not that much. But overall, this is a fantastic series worth checking out.

    Dave W.
    Dave W.
    2 years ago

    Who does not love Inspector Gamache???? Just one of my favourite series of all times. I want to visit Canada one day just because of how Three Pines sounds. Rent a cottage or something in a small community etc. My gosh I dream of living in this place.

    It actually got me watching the TV show Corner Gas which is a Canadian show and takes place in a small Canadian community. I envision that is slightly similar to the Inspector Gamache series and would recommend it to anyone who likes Gamache. It’s a sitcom and is very funny. I watch it all the time.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is a beautifully written cozy mystery story set in a small Canadian village.
    I don’t regret giving the series a try, thanks to this list of books by Louise Penny.
    I have heard many good things about this series, and I wish I had read it sooner enough.
    Penny describes this village so well that I felt as if I was there with the characters.
    The title of the debut novel ‘Still Life’ describes the low-class lifestyle the people of the village have adapted to.
    I loved Inspector Gamache; he is humorous, compassionate, and also wise.
    I also read the State of Terror, which Penny wrote in collaboration with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and I found it delightful.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    Unlike most murder mysteries, Louse Penny’s books are not set in a big city or famous location, but rather in the rural countryside of Quebec, Canada. This setting allows for a much different type of story to be told, one that is full of small-town secrets and eclectic characters. This make her series a different kind of read, and one that I have been attached to since the first volume I picked up. The characters also add much to the series, as does the main lead of Inspector Armand Gamache, who is a very intriguing character. There is a new television series being filmed with Alfred Molina as the lead, and I am hoping it can live up to the books level of style. 

    Teddy B.
    Teddy B.
    2 years ago

    The Agatha Award-winning Canadian author Louise Penny has entertained a huge number of readers across the globe for many years with her mystery books. She is an excellent author when it comes to writing mystery fiction.

    Louise’s list of achievements includes winning the Anthony and Agatha awards multiple times, in addition to winning other prestigious awards like the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Dilys Award, etc.

    I have had the chance to read a few of Louise Penny’s books from the Inspector Gamache series. This is quite an intriguing and thrilling series with interesting characters and wonderful settings.

    The movie adaptations of the first two books of the series, Still Life and Three Pines, are also quite delightful to watch. Actors Nathaniel Parker and Alfred Molina have done a great job in portraying the character of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in their respective movies.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Cozy mystery novels require three elements to succeed, namely: a quaint, welcoming location, quirky characters, and an engaging puzzle. Louise Penny’s books have all three. I haven’t given Penny much thought in the last few years.

    If I’m being honest, I did not realize that she had written so many novels. I suppose that is why lists like this exist. I read every Louise Penny book in my local store and assumed that was all. Clearly, I was wrong. From what I remember, her stories ticked all the right boxes.

    Three Pines felt like the kind of picturesque village you would want to live in once you retired. Even the unlikeable characters had qualities that made them appealing, and the mysteries rarely disappointed.

    Denis M
    Denis M
    7 months ago

    State of Terror was my first Louise Penny read. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the story as I do have a penchant toward US politics. It is crazy to imagine what the state department has to deal with above and beyond what is public knowledge. A recommended read.

    Deborah Moore
    Deborah Moore
    7 months ago

    An absolute treat to read a Louise Penny novel. Beautiful prose, engaging characters, flaws and all, with intriguing plots.

    Chris
    Chris
    7 months ago

    What I’ve enjoyed with all of Louise Penny’s book are the wonderful characters she describes. They have distinct personalities and the reader is given so many details of their lives that you feel like you know them. If I don’t care about the people in the stories, I won’t read the book. But with Ms. Penny’s books, I care a lot about all of the characters and enjoy reading about the things that change with them and the things that stay the same.

    Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor
    4 months ago

    Several of my friends are big fans of this author so I decided to read one a couple of years ago. I tried 2 of the Gamache books and could never get into them. This last spring I tried it again and now I want to read them all! Gamache reminds me of Hercule Poirot. I really like the stories and the numerous characters.

    gojenn
    gojenn
    4 months ago

    I feel like reading a new Gamache novel is like coming home. The setting and characters are comfortable friends. The mysteries are not simple to solve. A good time reading!

    Sue
    Sue
    4 months ago

    I was introduced to Louise Penny’s books while recovering from a month in a coma. When I read Bury Your Dead, some of the emotions hit so close to home that I read them to my therapist and they helped me to cope with the anger and depression. She will always be one of my favorite authors for capturing the true feelings after surviving a trauma.

    cj555
    cj555
    4 months ago

    Mystery is my favorite genre, and the Three Pines books are my all-time favorite series. Gamache is deeply humane–a difficult thing for a policeman to remain, as they see so much of the worst human beings can offer. I love the repartee–I laugh out loud at least once (and often more) during each book. All of the regular characters are interesting and it is fun to follow them through their lives. It is difficult for me not to devour the books in one sitting…many times I have been up all night.

    azangie
    azangie
    3 months ago

    The Three Pines series is excellent!! There are at least 2 mini-series about these characters on Prime/Netflix and both are good. But of course the books are better!! Gamache is one of my favorite detectives in excellent mysteries.

    Kerri
    Kerri
    3 months ago

    Thank you Louise Penny for your brilliant story writing. I’m looking forward to diving into Grey Wolf!

    tuclasik
    tuclasik
    2 months ago

    I am SO very excited that we get to visit Three Pines again! Love the setting, the characters, the dialogue — everything about it. Truthfully, I just want to move there, sit on the bench with Ruth or in the bistro by the fire chatting with all the neighbors and sipping hot chocolate. Walk in the forest paths…live in a mountain village not found on maps!
    Louise Penny has created a wonderful world with characters that grow and change — and care about one another. October can’t come quickly enough.

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