All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #16
2020 Minotaur Books
Finished on January 15, 2021
Rating: 5/5 (Outstanding!)
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.
Bravo!! It would have been so easy to devour this latest installment in the Armand Gamache series, but I wanted to savor each and every page. Unlike The Long Way Home, I did not mind the change of location, which takes the Gamache family away from their friends in Three Pines. It was actually refreshing, as I've grown somewhat weary of the repetitive nature of Penny's more recent books. It was also nice to learn some background details of Gamache's family dynamics, although Daniel's storyline was a little annoying. I wanted to tell him to grow up!
Looking back on my reviews of the previous books in this series, I think this is one of the most exciting and suspenseful. There are many twists and turns and a couple of surprises toward the end of the book (one of which is a bit far fetched, but not completely improbable) and Penny continues to impress. My husband and I are both amazed that she keeps coming up with such interesting mysteries. She is truly a master!
Not only this an outstanding mystery, but the book's jacket and endpapers are lovely, bringing to mind the beautiful artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. The acknowledgements, which are full of love and warmth, are a joy to read as well.