THE GREY WOLF: Louise Penny’s 19th Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Announced (with Details)


Mystery fans, get ready because Chief Inspector Gamache is due back in bookstores when The Grey Wolf, the 19th book in Louise Penny’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, is released on October 29th, 2024.

Penny, one of the most successful and decorated mystery authors working today, first introduced readers to her protagionist, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Canada’s Sãuretâe du Quebec, in her 2005 debut novel, Still Life. That book won her the New Blood Dagger Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Dilys Award, the 2007 Anthony Award, and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. Since then, she’s continued to churn out riveting bestsellers, with Gamache starring in all but one of them, a book she co-wrote with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called State of Terror. In total, Penny has written eighteen Inspector Gamache mysteries—which are often compared to the works of Agatha Christie, specifically her Hercule Poirot novels—including The World of Curiosities, which was published in November of 2022.

Her latest mystery novel, the nineteenth in her beloved series, is one of the year’s most anticipated new releases.

Check out the official cover art and plot details below.


The 19th mystery in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Armand Gamache series.

Relentless phone calls interrupt the peace of a warm August morning in Three Pines. Though the tiny Québec village is impossible to find on any map, someone has managed to track down Armand Gamache, head of homicide at the Sûreté, as he sits with his wife in their back garden. Reine-Marie watches with increasing unease as her husband refuses to pick up, though he clearly knows who is on the other end. When he finally answers, his rage shatters the calm of their quiet Sunday morning.

That’s only the first in a sequence of strange events that begin THE GREY WOLF, the nineteenth novel in Louise Penny’s #1 New York Times-bestselling series. A missing coat, an intruder alarm, a note for Gamache reading “this might interest you”, a puzzling scrap of paper with a mysterious list―and then a murder. All propel Chief Inspector Gamache and his team toward a terrible realization. Something much more sinister than any one murder or any one case is fast approaching.

Armand Gamache, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, his son-in-law and second in command, and Inspector Isabelle Lacoste can only trust each other, as old friends begin to act like enemies, and long-time enemies appear to be friends. Determined to track down the threat before it becomes a reality, their pursuit takes them across Québec and across borders. Their hunt grows increasingly desperate, even frantic, as the enormity of the creature they’re chasing becomes clear. If they fail the devastating consequences would reach into the largest of cities and the smallest of villages.

Including Three Pines.



LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, and coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (nine times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Readers excited about The Grey Wolf can pre-order Louise Penny’s forthcoming new novel here or anywhere else books are sold.



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