A World of Curiosities

(Book 18)

Book Summary

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It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything
buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy
Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have
reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two
were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged,
shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.

But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them
together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair?
Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter
written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror
when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 150-year-
old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of
curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than
meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of
mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And
into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.

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Reading Group Guide

  • In the beginning of A World of Curiosities, we meet a young Jean-Guy Beauvoir – a very different Jean-Guy than the one we’ve come to know in recent novels. What are some of the most significant changes you noticed in Jean-Guy from his first case with Armand Gamache to the most recent one? What are some ways he’s stayed the same?
  • In the first case Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir work together, they meet two children: Fiona and Sam Arsenault, who both grow up to be important characters in A World of Curiosities. How do you feel about Fiona? About Sam? How do you feel about their relationships with both Armand and Jean-Guy over the years, and over the course of this novel?
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