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Published in 2009. The author takes us to her favorite village, Three Pines, in Quebec, Canada. It’s so small it’s not even on the map, but it’s not far from the U.S.-Canada border. One morning at the only bistro in town, a man is found dead. Based the evidence around the body, it’s clear that the man was murdered elsewhere and his body dumped sometime in the early morning. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the homicide division of the Quebec Surete is called in to investigate. He brings in a team to investigate, but it proceeds slowly, not helped by the villagers who say they don’t know who he is. But one of them does. He won’t come forward and suspicion soon falls on him.
I really love this small village and the characters who live there. I don’t think it’s a real village, not that much misfortune can fall on one village in a lifetime.
I really enjoy this author’s writing. She takes her time unraveling a mystery, but she’s thorough and leaves no stone unturned. Her writing is easy to read and flows off the page.
This book actually continues into her next book, “Bury Your Dead,” which I’ll review next.
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Published on January 31, 2018 05:07 • 147 views • Tags: canada, louise-penny, the-brutal-telling, three-pines
Published in 2010. The author focuses on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he recovers from a harrowing work-related incident. He’s on administrative leave, staying with an old friend, as he conducts research at the Literary and Historical Society in Quebec City. When he arrives one morning, he finds the building blocked off by police tape—there’s been a murder inside. The Society members ask for Gamache’s help to solve the murder. A man, obsessed by his quest to find the remains of Samuel de Champlain, may have broken into the building to begin a dig in the basement. At first, Gamache refuses but his curiosity gets the better of him and he helps with the investigation. At the same time, he relives the incident that forced him onto administrative leave and resulted in the death of one of his subordinates as he also reconsiders the evidence in his last case—the death in the bistro ("The Brutal Telling"). He can’t open the case but he has doubts and sends his second to review all the evidence once more.

Don’t we all have second thought and nagging concerns over doing the right thing? Gamache has a definite issue with this brought out by the work-related incident and then with his handling of the last investigation prior to that. It takes a while, but he resolves his issues and works through his problems.

The handling of the work-related incident was interesting. Instead of beginning the novel with the incident itself, the author begins with Gamache's recovery from it. Bits and pieces are revealed along the way, just as one would recall it in flashbacks. It does take a while to uncover the full story, but it does come out.

I love this author's style of writing. I'm a fan.
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Published on February 01, 2018 05:44 • 102 views • Tags: armand-gamache, literary-and-historical-society, louise-penny, quebec-city
Published in 2017, this is the author’s 13th book.

As with all murder mysteries, this one begins with a murder. However, it occurs before the opening scene. Armand Gamache has taken over as Chief Superintendent of the Surete du Quebec in Canada, the police force of Quebec, Canada. He’s on the witness stand in a murder trial and is being questioned by the Chief Crown Prosecutor. With each question and answer, the scene is described as it happened, creating a vivid recounting of events. I’d never seen this done before and it was done well. But what we don’t know until the end is who is on trial for the murder. That is only revealed at the end. What is also withheld until the end is Gamache’s overall plan that deals with a major drug trafficking problem in Canada. The Mexican border has been effectively shut down so drugs must transit through Canada to enter the United States. Somehow, Gamache must find a way to shut it down and his plan is the only way.

I really enjoy reading this author’s books. I think I’ve read all of them now. Her prose is beautiful and lyrical and her stories captivating. I’m surprised none of her books have been made into movies, but I think Tom Selleck would make a great Armand Gamache. Anyway, this book didn’t disappoint and was one of her best works.

Finally, my deepest condolences to the author upon the passing of her husband. I understand how difficult it is to move on. I lost my husband many years ago before I discovered writing. He’s always in my heart and I feel him encouraging me to keep writing.
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Published on June 07, 2018 07:49 • 85 views • Tags: armand-gamache, chief-superintendent, glass-houses, louise-penny
Published in 2013. The author begins this story with a woman on her way to work in Montreal. She takes the Ville-Marie Tunnel every morning to her office but once she’s inside, she frightened. At first, I thought she had a fear of tunnels, but the story comes back into play much more later in the story.

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the head of the Homicide division of the Surete, is on his way to the village of Three Pines, south of Montreal. He knows the village and the people in it so when he gets a call from Myrna, the owner of the only bookstore in town, he uses it as an excuse to go to town. Her concern is over a friend of hers, Constance Pineault, who was scheduled to visit but had not yet arrived. Gamache takes her concern seriously and goes to her home, only to find her dead, murdered by a blow to the head. He takes on the investigation from the Montreal police and his discoveries are a shock to Myrna but still doesn’t explain her murder.

Gamache faces another problem from within the Surete Homicide Division. All of his officers, save one, have been transferred out of his division and he’s left with investigators who don’t care about him or the job. He needs to keep his cool as he figures out what to do.

I’ve read several of this author’s books and have enjoyed them all, but I think this one is her best. She writes so beautifully and in this book, she ties the story together with skill. The title is a little long, but it fits the story. The light comes in through the cracks in the plan, in the system, in the murder. This is a good one.
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Published on October 31, 2018 07:40 • 60 views • Tags: chief-inspector-armand-gamache, how-the-light-gets-in, louise-penny