The Cruelest Month

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The Cruelest Month
The Cruelest Month.jpg
Paperback cover art for The Cruelest Month
Author Louise Penny
Language English
Series Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
Genre Mystery, crime novel
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication date
March 4, 2008
Pages 320 (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-312-35257-8
Preceded by A Fatal Grace
Followed by A Rule Against Murder

The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny, is the third novel in the Three Pines Mysteries series, which feature Inspector Armand Gamache.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel, set in the small Canadian town of Three Pines, takes place around the Easter season. A group of friends visits a haunted house, hoping to rid it of the evil spirits that have haunted it, and the village, for decades. One of them ends up dead, apparently of fright. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team from the Sûreté du Québec investigate the old house and the villagers of Three Pines.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Cruelest Month was the recipient of the Agatha Award for best novel of 2008.[1]

It was also nominated for the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award and the Barry Award for best novel of 2008


  1. ^ "Past Agatha Award Winners & Nominees". Malice Domestic. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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Preceded by
A Fatal Grace,
Louise Penny
Agatha Award for Best Novel
Succeeded by
A Brutal Telling,
Louise Penny