First Sentence: Armand Gamache didn’t like what he was looking at, but then, few people would.
guest at the Inn and Spa in Three Pines is found hanged by a jogger.
Inspector Armand Gamache and his deputy Jean-Guy Beauvoir are sent to
investigate. The question is whether this is a suicide or murder.
novella was written for Canada’s Literacy Project at the Grade 3 level
for adult readers. The style and plot are very simple and, where
characters in the series books, would use French words or phrases,
English is used here. Even so, this is a wonderfully written story.
underlying question is “why?”. Why was the man there? Whether by his
own hand or that of another, why did he die? There is another question of
“why” but I refuse to give away a major plot point.
This is yet
another example of Ms. Penny’s skill and quality of storytelling even
for those of us way above Grade 3 level reading. Do not, however,
confuse that for meaning the story has been ‘dumbed-down’. Not at all.
It has all the elements that define an excellent tale with its strong
sense of place, excellent characters, wonderfully done and natural
dialogue. Although the structure and language may be fairly simple, the
plot twist is not and the motive leaves us thinking.
“The Hangman” is complete unto itself and a wonderful read, no matter your age or reading level.
THE HANGMAN (Pol Proc-CI Armand Gamache-Canada-Contemp) – Ex
Penny, Louise – Short Story
Grass Roots Press – 2010