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
Dead Cold / A Fatal Grace (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cruellest Month (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Rule Against Murder / Muder Stone (2008)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
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
The Nature of the Beast (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Great Reckoning (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Glass Houses (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kingdom of the Blind (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Better Man (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All the Devils Are Here (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Madness of Crowds (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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

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17 Responses to “Order of Inspector Gamache Books”

  1. Eileen Carman: 2 years ago

    Thanks for publishing this list of Louise Penny books. Now I can get the sequence correct. I check out the audio versions from my favorite library, Coronado, California, in the city where I am employed. They make the evening shift pass more quickly. And I really enjoy the voice actors doing every different voice that Ms. Penny writes in.

    One of my absolute favorite characters is Ruth Zardo, such a crusty old lady!

  2. Donna Tanzer: 2 years ago

    Those reading the books in order should also realize that The Hangman is a novella written for “emerging adult readers” as a contribution to a literacy project. I can’t begin to say how much my admiration for Louise Penny (whose books I already loved) grew when I learned this. But there are not references to other books nor are there the French phrases to which most of us have grown to enjoy. As an educator, I still do plan to read The Hangman, but it’s good to know I can go right into A Trick of the Light without waiting for The Hangman (which has limited availability).

  3. Rick Smith: 4 years ago

    My daughter recommended this series to me about two years ago. I’m a stickler for reading series in the order published, so immediately picked up “Still Life”. Hooked right from the beginning. I read a lot, finished up the series to #11 within months and was anxiously awaiting the next and the next. Ms Penny is working on the next novel, though currently struggling with the passing of her husband. I will pre-order as soon as I can. Beautifully written and brilliant character studies, sprinkled with ‘life in Quebec’.

  4. JudyEgen: 5 years ago

    I have read the series from the beginning and always, always, pick up the next. Truly recommend that they be read in order. The development of the characters (really interesting people) is essential to the plot of each novel.

  5. Karen McKim-Altman: 5 years ago

    i just finished today “The Brutal Telling” – what a book!

  6. rosalie: 6 years ago

    Are there any more Inspector Gamache Books coming out?

    • Brandon: 6 years ago

      The Nature of the Beast on August 25th.

      • rosalie: 6 years ago

        Thank you…I’ll be watching for it! Enjoy these books so much!

  7. CanvasPainter: 6 years ago

    It’s a bummer that I just spent $200 on the Gamache series to learn there are repeats with different titles.

    • Brandon: 6 years ago

      It is… If you bought them through Amazon, they have a good returns policy.

    • kate sarginson: 5 years ago

      You have to watch that. I am fond of UK mysteries and find that when they come to North America they change the titles also. I find that if I check on Goodreads.com or Amazon and check out the plots I find the ones that have different titles. I found this out after I searched high and low for a book and then found I had read it under another title.

  8. Leslie McIlrath: 7 years ago

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

    • Brandon: 7 years ago

      It’s also known as The Murder Stone.

      • Leslie McIlrath: 7 years ago

        Thanks so much!!

  9. Carolyn Savage: 7 years ago

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

  10. Raquel: 8 years ago

    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: 8 years ago

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

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