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review 2017-09-18 20:24
A Rule Against Murder
A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny

I've had a lot of audiobook time the last few months, so I was able to cruise through another book in the Chief Inspector Armond Gamache series. This one took us, Inspector Gamache, and a few of the other primary characters outside of Three Pines. The new setting was a refreshing change. It was also interesting to see Peter and Clara outside of Three Pines. In previous books you could see a bit of Peter's hidden personality, but it really came through when he was around his family. And what a family! It makes me second guess any complaints I have about my own. 

 

One of the things I've come to appreciate about this series is the diversity of the characters. There's diversity in race, gender, age, sexuality, etc. - but there's also diversity in the make-up of the characters. They don't all have the same flaws, and there are a few that I don't typically see in some books. Also, there are some characters who are just plain assholes and they don't change and there's no apology for them. I think this one fact helps to make this series extremely relatable. In life there are assholes who are that way their entire life. It seems that most times in books these characters are forced to grow or at the very least face their flaws. It's refreshing to see some unlikeable characters without the need for justification or apology. 

 

As usual, there were a few plot holes for me that I just couldn't overlook. The method of murder in this book is unique, but so over the top. I could never really buy into it. 

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review 2017-09-18 18:51
The Cruelest Month
The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny

This is the third book in the series, and Inspector Gamache is back in Three Pines for another murder. I don't read many series where the community is just as much a key part of the overall story as the basic plot. Usually, it's too many people for me to keep track of and I prefer more streamlined stories. However, they are growing on me more and more after each book.

 

The ending of this one annoyed me a bit. It felt like a TV cop drama where the suspect just blurts out their guilt at the end based on lose evidence and a gut feeling from the inspector. 

 

The other issue I had with this one was the secondary plot going on in Gamashe's personal life. On one hand I'm glad that finally got resolved as it was starting to drag out a bit too much for me. However, it took away from the murder mystery. Many times I felt like the secondary plot was the primary and vice versa. It made me lose some interest in the 'who-done-it' for the murder mystery.

 

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review 2017-09-12 16:30
Marrying His Cinderella Countess - Louise Allen

Ellie Lytton is content with her role as her stepbrother's housekeeper until one day the Earl of Hainford arrives to tell her that her stepbrother is dead by accident. She believes him responsible for her plight and insists that he should accompany her to her new home, little realising that the trip will change them both.

 

Ellie is a writer and throughout she is writing an adult romance and I found it so funny to read alongside the main story.  Louise Allen writes a fun story that kept me invested in both characters and liking them as people.

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review 2017-09-09 14:40
The book that tried to give me a heart attack...
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

Out of respect for the many reading this series, no spoilers. 

 

There is a mystery in this book, but make no mistake- this book is mainly about all the drama that has been building since...well... the series started. Penny ties ends together in unexpected ways.  To me this book had a bit of a slow build but the last 20% - oh my google - made me late for an appointment yesterday.  

 

Such a great series. Bury Your Dead is still the best so far for me- but this one comes a close second.

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text 2017-09-08 23:17
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

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