The Hangman by Louise Penny (#6.5 Armand Gamache)

The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #6.5)

The Hangman by Louise  Penny

Published: 2011



The Hangman by Louise Penny is a short story in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (Three Pines) series, and can be read as a stand-alone novella.  I’ve got it slotted as 6.5 in the series.

Although short, and not quite as deep, it had a really good plot.  When a body is found hanging from a tree in the woods just outside Three Pines, Gamache and his team investigate.  Suicide or murder?  A suicide note is found at the Inn where the victim is staying, but it is perplexing.  When the name that the victim registered under turns out to be the alias of Canada’s official executioner (hangman), Gamache starts to wonder about other lies this victim may have told.

Louise Penny wrote this for the Good Reads Project which is sponsored by ABC Life Literacy Canada.  The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.  They accept short stories by Canadian authors which use simple, clear language, are less than a hundred pages, and which help to promote literacy.

Her reasoning for writing the book may be noble, but I don’t care.  It is Armand Gamache.  I would read a comic book about him. Okay, maybe not…… Hmmmm.  Still thinking about that.


Read: February 2017

Favorite Quotes from The Hangman:

“In my head I’m young and slim and very rich.” – Gabri

“Yes. It’s an old code. Three pine trees planted together means safety. It was used as a signal centuries ago. It marked a sanctuary.”


About the Author:  A Canadian author, Louise Penny has won many awards, including the Agatha Award for best mystery novel. 



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