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review 2017-07-15 04:57
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny - My Thoughts
A Great Reckoning - Louise Penny

And Louise Penny hits it out of the park once again.  I cannot tell you how much I adore her characters and her stories and her insight into the human mind and all the messy emotions that roil within. 

Yes, there's a murder mystery in the story, but Gamache stories are SO SO much more than just a murder mystery.  It's the motives, the whys, the reasons that people do what they do, are who they are and the choices that we all make. 

When I finish one of Louise Penny's books, I always feel so inadequate when writing up my thoughts.  All I can say aside from professing my love for the characters old and new, the familiar locations in which the stories are set, the puzzlement of the mystery and how it manages to affect the denizens of Three Pines, and the easy yet deep way the books are written is that I wish there were a ton more to read.  This is the 12th book in and I haven't felt once that I was reading a retread of what had come before.  Armand et all always have something to teach me.  Some surprise, some twist, some truth I hadn't seen. 

I think I spent the last 20 or so pages of the book wiping tears away.  Rip my heart out, Louise!  Rip it right out!  *LOL* 

I am sad because I have no Gamache books left to read.  I'd been hoarding this last one for the longest time.  The next one, #13, comes out at the end of August but I find the $16 price tag a bit rich for my budget right now.  But as SOON as I can, I'll be adding it to the library, anxious to read of what's next in the lives of my favourite members of the Sureté du Quebec.

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review 2017-05-30 21:11
Really Enjoyed First Book in This Inspector Gamache Series
Still Life - Louise Penny

Thanks to all who recommended this one! It was really good. I can't wait to get my hands on book #2. This first book had a lot of twists and turns. I honestly didn't know who done it or why. But once you get to the end everything is revealed. 

 

I think this is the first book I have read that is set in Quebec. That alone intrigued me. But reading about Inspector Gamache and his methods was a lot of fun. 

 

I thought the writing at times was lyrical. And I loved how Gamache was able to just find out more by listening. He is definitely someone you want to be your mentor and the one woman who is trying to do her best to show how smart she is, who keeps showing again and again why her being in law enforcement is probably not a good fit. 

 

"Still Life" investigates the death of Jane Neal. Jane has lived in Three Pines, Quebec her whole life. A local artist who has never shown her work until now. When one of her paintings gets approved to be in a local art show, Jane is killed days later. Found in the woods and shot by a bow, there are several people who may have wanted Jane dead. Though many think it was an accident, Gamache realizes fairly early on that it was murder. 

 

I think ultimately this book was about jumping to conclusions about people based on what they say. Ultimately actions are what are important. I would love to visit this village again since we get enough foreshadowing that something evil still lurks there at the end of this book.

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text 2017-03-28 01:23
Finished it!
A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) - Louise Penny

And I guessed whodunnit too.

 

But just a note to the eBook publishers... it's the Montreal CANADIENS not CANADIANS. 

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text 2017-03-25 17:29
It's been too long since I was in Three Pines
A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) - Louise Penny

CC de Poitiers is such a bitch! I can't wait for her to be murdered. And seeing as the first line of the novel tells me that's going to happen, I don't think it's a spoiler. 

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review 2016-12-29 01:23
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny - My Thoughts
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny


Chief Inspector Gamache - Book 11

I think this is one of the best Gamache books.  Many favourite characters are back, but there is a renewed focus on Armand Gamache, Jean-Guy and Isabelle Lacoste.  Especially on Armand.  We are getting to see how he is, or isn't, dealing with retirement from the SQ.  I mean, honestly, does anyone really think that Armand will just be able to sit on the porch of his home in Three Pines reading, walking Henri, eating Reine-Marie's wonderful cooking, chatting with the denizens of our favourite Townships village?  I'm sure he'd like to think he'd be quite happy doing just that, but I think even he realises that he might be fooling himself.

The mystery is interesting.  A BFG - and that's not Big Friendly Giant, my friends - is at the center of case that begins with the death/murder of a young boy known for his huge imagination.   I'm glad it wasn't a graphic murder, I have to say.  I don't deal well with those at the best of times, but when it's a child...  well.  I'm glad Penny did things the ways she did.  Also interesting was that there is a historical basis for the BFG.  Very cool.

But as always, the main reason I adore these books is the characters and they have all grown, changed or shown a little more of themselves in this volume and I have loved it.  I really loved the final shot (in the book, that is) of Clara - it was perfect and insightful and made me smile.

So all I have left is the latest book in the series, A Great Reckoning.  And I'm saving that for a bit.  For a special time.

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