Inspector Gamache is a series of whodunit mystery novels by Canadian author Louise Penny, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. The series is set in Quebec and Gamache works for the Sûreté du Québec, where he heads the homicide department. The series features unconventional murders, a long list of suspects, plenty of red herrings and dramatic endings. The series is also known as the Three Pines Mysteries.

Louise Penny started her literary career with the first novel in the Inspector Gamache series, Still Life, in 2005. Below is a list of all of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache books in order of when they were originally released (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Gamache Books


Still Life(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fatal Grace(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cruelest Month(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murder Stone(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Brutal Telling(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bury Your Dead(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hangman(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Trick of the Light(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Beautiful Mystery(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
How the Light Gets In(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Way Home(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Dead Cold was also published as A Fatal Grace. The Murder Stone was also titled A Rule Against Murder.

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  • Raquel

    This list leaves out the actual fifth book, The Brutal Telling, and due to the time it was compiled it also does not show books #7, A Trick of the Light and #8, The Beautiful Mystery. And somewhere in there is her Inspector Gamache novella, The Hangman, published in 2010. Its events take place after the events described in #6, Bury Your Dead, but before those described in #7, A Trick of the Light.

    • Brandon

      Thank you, Raquel. I’ll do my best to have the list corrected.

  • Carolyn Savage

    I just found this series and love it. Thanks for your information about these other books.

  • Leslie McIlrath

    I am reading “Rule Against Murder” now. I don’t see it on the list.

    • Brandon

      It’s also known as The Murder Stone.

      • Leslie McIlrath

        Thanks so much!!