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TWSM Book Review ‘All The Devils Are Here’

‘All The Devils Are Here” by Louise Penny

If you enjoy a good murder mystery (or just want to read a well written escapist novel), All The Devils Are Here by Louise Penny is just the ticket. In this latest book by the bestselling author, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates a sinister plot in Paris that involves his family, coded works of art, and corporate greed. 

Gamache and his wife, Reine-Marie, are in Paris to attend the birth of their fourth grandchild. This gives Gamache the chance to visit his godfather, Stephen Horowitz, who unbeknownst to Gamache is up to his eyes in danger. Penny keeps her readers guessing right up to the end as the mystery leads its characters everywhere from the top of the Eiffel Tower down to the bowels of the Paris archives. Gamache doesn’t know whom to trust, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. 

In the midst of this cloak and dagger in the city of light, Penny weaves a tale of family, friends, old wounds, and new life that is heartwarming and thought provoking. Themes of self sacrifice, good vs. evil, and what it means to love someone can be found throughout the book. 

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes: 

“Having lost both his parents, Armand wanted his children to have a mother and father who they could trust to keep them safe and always be there. But it was never enough for Daniel. Something had torn.” (Chapter 3) 

“Hell might be empty, but there was evidence of the divine in their midst, too. The trick, as Stephen had taught him in the garden of the Musée Rodin so many years ago, was to see both. Dreadful deeds were obvious. The divine was often harder to see.” (Chapter 38) 

I’m not sure how I have missed reading a book by Louise Penny before, but this is my first. I’m sure it won’t be my last. If you are looking for an entertaining page turner, I recommend All The Devils Are Here. 

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 

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Liz is a technical writer by day and a humor writer by night. She lives in Minnesota with her younger daughter and their two cats. When Liz is not reading, writing, or searching for new books to review, she can be found practicing yoga or enjoying time with friends and family. She is savoring the time that she has left before her younger daughter flies from the nest, yet she is also secretly looking forward to a time when she can travel more and not worry about anyone borrowing her socks.