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The Brutal Telling
The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him? As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in itlead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.
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caitskye
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I feel like this book is where the series really starts picking up! I still don't think Louise Penny is the best mystery writer out there (although I don't read much mystery, admittedly), I'm sticking around because I love her characters and Three Pines.

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Susanita
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Notwithstanding the fact that I was reading the tagged book on my Kindle at 3 AM recently, one of my goals for #BFCr4 is to turn off all screens one hour before bed.

Also:
-55K steps/week
-10 books completed

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 1mo
wanderinglynn How did week 1 go? Let us know how we can best support you. 💜 Plus, every check-in is one entry into the final prize drawing. 😉 1mo
Susanita @wanderinglynn I laid down for “a few minutes” and ended up sleeping all afternoon! Now I‘m catching up with myself. 1mo
wanderinglynn That happens to me every time I lay down “for a few minutes“! 😂 1mo
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Susanita
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In keeping with my plan to read these in the season in which they‘re set, I should have read this about a month ago. But it wasn‘t available then! I‘m ignoring everything else on my #OctoberTBR so I can return it early for the next patron in line and while we‘re still kinda sorta in that summer-to-fall transition time. I‘m just a few chapters in, and already I want to punch Beauvoir in the face. Again. Does he eventually get nicer? #fallisbooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You can do it!! 🙌🏻🧡 1mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🖤 1mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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I am enjoying this series so much! The town of Three Pines and its inhabitants are so interesting! I enjoy the mix of "whodunit" along with tidbits of history, poetry and even cooking. I cannot wait to read the next book!

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ShelleyBooksie
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@TheSpineView
1. The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. Read with zero expectations - one of my fav books ever.
2. The Little House on the Prarie series.

TheSpineView I loved The Little House on the Prairie series! 🧡📖🧡 2mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Wow.

Until this book, I'd been reading this series strictly for the mystery. And there's plenty of that here. But what I didn't expect was all of the hidden meanings & discussions that could come from this book. Very rarely do I want to re-read a book immediately after finishing it to catch all of the nuances. That's exactly what I want to do now.

A rare ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read a book during the season it is set in - #pop19

LauraBeth I love Louise Penny! 2mo
mom2bugnbee A book recommended by someone with great taste (Anne Bogel) - #mmdchallenge 2mo
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rebbyj
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sigh. so good.

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Mshookquilts
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Wow! It is the telling of the story even more than the solving of the puzzle that draws you in and holds you in it‘s grip. I fought the answer all the way through. And, I‘m not saying more lest I ruin even one morsel for you.

TrishB I fought the answer and then still hated it! 3mo
Mshookquilts @TrishB Right!?! But, still, it was a fantastic read. I told my husband he‘d love it but, that at each red herring, he‘d be saying “please let it be true.” 3mo
TrishB It‘s a great series 👍🏻 3mo
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Mshookquilts

‘“Do you have a gun?” Beauvoir whispered as they ran, crouched, to the corner of the house. Gamache shook his head. Really, thought Beauvoir. There were times he just felt like shooting the Chief himself. ‘

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Jaimelire
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Cuddles with my youngest as I finish this amazing book. I think it was my favourite so far (#5 of Inspector Gamache books). The ending just tore me up and I am still trying to figure out if I really believe what happened. Anyone who loves mystery novels should read this series. It‘s right up there with Agatha Christie. And being Canadian, I really appreciate the beautiful descriptions of my country. 5/5 ⭐️

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Mshookquilts
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“‘Are they close?” His back tingled as he imagined something dreadful creeping through the woods. Toward them. “....So glad to be reading another of Louise Penny‘s books. She has such a way with words, great word pictures.

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Louise
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Another solid addition to this series. There is a lot of sadness in this one. It looks at the ways people deceive one another and even themselves. What will people do to run from the past, to avoid discovery, to feed a craving, to escape the consequences of ill-made choices? Apparently, quite a lot. #audiobook

Jaimelire I am reading this right now. 4mo
Louise @Jaimelire It‘s quite a web of a story, isn‘t it! I was surprised and saddened when I learned who the killer was. Come to think of it, so was Chief Inspector Gamache! 4mo
Jaimelire @Louise I just started. Can‘t wait to dig in tonight. 4mo
Louise @Jaimelire Enjoy the ride! 📚🤓 4mo
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Jaimelire
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Book #3 in the last two days. This is why I love teaching, summers off to read (compulsively).🍷

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HollyBahling
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My reading time is my me time. However, recently I have found myself in the company of Gamache A LOT. I can‘t get enough of this series! This book was heartbreaking for me in so many ways. The ending had me begging for another way. I‘m excited to see what happens next!

TrishB I hated this ending too! 4mo
Crazeedi These books are great! Waiting for the newest one! 4mo
HollyBahling @TrishB It was torture! Although I love that Penny isn‘t afraid to make a loved character an antagonist. She takes risks and it pays off! 4mo
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HollyBahling @Crazeedi I‘m so glad there are so many of them! It‘s so hard choosing what books to read next but when you find a series you love it is so easy! I‘ll have weeks of easy decisions! 4mo
Crazeedi @HollyBahling that's the great thing about series 4mo
HollyBahling @Crazeedi Absolutely! And I love nothing more than falling in love with characters. Penny achieves that each and every book! I fall deeper and deeper in love the characters. Their happiness, their flaws and their downfalls. Each book is a development I wouldn‘t expect and it‘s fascinating! 3mo
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stacybmartin
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I‘m so happy we are back in Three Pines for my most recent audio in this series. No spoilers, but liars are the absolute WORST. It was getting pretty annoying with the repetitive lying.

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TrishB
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Next one in the Louise Penny series was great 👍🏻 although were we convinced by the ending 🤔
The other book is a funny, buzzfeed style read of some great women in history.

CarolynM I felt a bit like that, in fact I was quite annoyed with Louise Penny when I finished it. I forgave her when I read the next one, though.🙂 7mo
Caroline2 It‘s a good boook but it made me sad. Poor Olivier. 😔 I think the best book in the whole series is next tho...bury your dead!!!! 😯 7mo
TrishB @CarolynM @Caroline2 I have all@if them ready so will look forward to it! 7mo
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JulAnna
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Catching up from not posting for a while. . . .

If you have ever heard that the Three Pines books get better as the series progresses you have heard correct information! That has definitely been my experience 🤓 this was a great installment!

Crazeedi Yep! And excellent series!! 7mo
Caroline2 Yep! Defo gets better but I find after book 6 it really peaks and troughs with some awesome books and some really rubbish Books too. 😲 7mo
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Denisereads75
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This is the 5th Louise Penny book I have read in her Gamache series. I pushed through because I was told they get better and this is in fact true. I loved the murder mystery in book 5 and I am glad Penny was not afraid to accuse a well known character of murder. I love how each book is starting to focus on one of the beloved side characters providing us with their back story. I look forward to continuing the series.

JulAnna I am reading this now and it is SO GOOD! 😊 7mo
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Susanita
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When I hear #wonderwall I think of Charlie Pace. 😢

#anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️ 7mo
Mdargusch 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 7mo
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Librarybelle
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One of my favorite literary #heroes is Armand Gamache. He had a quiet yet forceful way of looking at circumstances. If I were in trouble, I‘d definitely want him to be on the rescue team! This is book 5 in the Three Pines series...have to start this soon for my mystery book discussion! #MarchIntoThe70s

Cinfhen Still have not gone done the Louise Penny series rabbit hole!!! I‘m afraid I‘ll get swallowed up real fast. 8mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen oh you will!😉 I've read them all! 8mo
JulAnna This is next up in the series for me too! I just bought it a few weeks ago 🤓 8mo
Lizpixie Love Three Pines❤️ 8mo
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Jeannineth
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I didn‘t realize this was book 5 in a series. I usually like to read them in order but I think I might give it try anyway. Anybody like this series?

lahousewyfe Love Louise Penny and Three Pines! Makes me want to move to Quebec. I mean, except for the murdery parts.... 8mo
Jeannineth Glad to hear! I don‘t mind a few dead bodies here or there , as long as, there is a good plot. 8mo
MallenNC I love this series. I'm not sure how it is if it's not read in order, bc there are recurring characters and continuing storylines. 8mo
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Pamwurtzler I love it too and started reading it with book 6. That‘s where they really get good, but still you should circle back to book 1- 8mo
Karkar @Pamwurtzler so since I did not like book one would you suggest I jump to book 6? 8mo
Crazeedi @Jeannineth this series is so very worth reading. I started from the beginning so I'm not able to say how it will read. I can say the characters in the series were well done 8mo
JamieArc There‘s so much character development/growth through plot lines, and at some point, there starts to be a plot line that develops throughout the series, so I have a hard time imagining not reading them in order if you want the full enjoyment... 8mo
Pamwurtzler @Karkar Try book 6 & see what you think. I love these but can totally see that they might not be for you. 8mo
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Julsmarshall
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Found one from the Tana French series and one from the Louise Penny series at Half Price Books. And sold a bunch of books and games to clear out my house 😄 Score!

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Velvetsun
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10 books - not bad considering it got off to a slow start.

My favorite read of the month is the tagged book.

Least favorite was The Immortalists. Pretty much hated that one. 😆

Cinfhen I really really liked The Immortalists 😲 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some great reads! 📚💕 9mo
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Velvetsun
Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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Well, that was dark and depressing.
But still the best book in the series so far.

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Pam.Kokomo
Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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Penny just gets better and better.

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Babs_book_obsession
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My favorite one yet. Just those perfect quick easy reads you can't get enough of.

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Bakingbookworm
Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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3 STARS - Not my fav book in this popular series but still a good read. This is the 5th book and if you want to start this highly popular mystery series READ THEM IN ORDER! It‘s so important with this series because you really get pulled into the lives of the people in this small town that‘s prone to murrrder!
My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-brutal-telling.html?m=1

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deirdrebeecher
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Louise Penny is my latest crime series binge. I love her detective, I love the complexity of her secondary characters. I love the way she manages to balance the darkness of crime with the cozy character of her Québecois village. I love the way she buries deep arcs within her books which erupt three books down the line. So far The Brutal Telling is my favourite, she made a very brave choice and I really enjoyed it.

TrishB I‘m loving this series too! 11mo
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anored
Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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Book 5 in Inspector Gamache novels
#ThreePines
#mystery

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LikelyLibrarian
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Three Pines mugs!

CarolynM 😍😍😍 1y
pgh.femme What?!? Where did that come from?!? 1y
Caroline2 Ohhhhhh I love these!!! 😍 1y
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LikelyLibrarian @pgh.femme You can buy them online, but I made these myself 😊 (edited) 1y
Joysiam I am making these for my book club friends! 13mo
LikelyLibrarian @Joysiam Are you reading a Gamache book? I‘m sure they‘ll love them! 13mo
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Hannah_Haymond
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Continuing the saga of Inspector Gamache, this one acknowledges that a town as small of Three Pines has an usually high murder count. This case hits close to home for our beloved residents and while the investigation comes to a conclusion, the events feel far from resolved. It‘s not so much of a cliffhanger as a set up for more to come and I‘ll admit, this is the first time with this series where I‘ve immediately sought out the next book.

Lcsmcat You won‘t be sorry! 1y
Hannah_Haymond @Lcsmcat It‘s such a good series, isn‘t it? 1y
Lcsmcat I love it, especially on audio. 1y
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LikelyLibrarian
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Listening to The Brutal Telling as we drive south through Québec on our way to Stowe, Vermont. On the way, we plan to visit a few of the towns that served as inspiration for Three Pines 🤗

Kmmsellers Oh. My. God. Send me pics. 1y
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Matchkim
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This narrator is so good and it is always fun to return to this series. This one broke my heart just a bit though.

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JoJo71
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I love the Louise Penny - Armand Gamache series. Great character development and such fun characters, despite the fact the books are about a murder! This series is also wonderful to listen to with the French names, great narrator. If you like mystery/crime series, this is a must read! I would recommend reading them in order.

UwannaPublishme This was the first Louise Penny novel I read and I want more! 😁 I loved the book references too. 👍🏻 1y
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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Theshadedbuffalo Welcome to Litsy!! ⭐️📚 1y
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Leftcoastzen Enjoy Litsy! 👋 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 1y
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Blaire
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I love this series set in the village of Three Pines in Quebec. It is one of my go-to comfort reads/bust out of a reading slump reads. I‘m several books behind and like it that way because I always want to be able to say #seeyouagain inspector Gamache. #seriestosavor #heatofjuly

JamieArc I‘m several books behind as well and keep it that way so I always have another few to look forward to as well 😊 1y
Shemac77 Love this series! 1y
Lcsmcat I love these on audiobooks! 1y
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Cinfhen I love a good reliable series that doesn‘t disappoint! It‘s like catching up with a friend 🤗 1y
Blaire @JamieArc yes!! That‘s the way to do it. 😊😍 1y
Blaire @Shemac77 @Lcsmcat yes! I also loved reading about her and how she started writing the series in a recent article. 1y
Blaire @Cinfhen exactly. Comfort book. 1y
UwannaPublishme Just read my first Louise Penny. Looking forward to many more. 😊👍🏻 1y
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CarolynM
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Another intriguing mystery, but I have to say I'm a bit cross with the author over this one. I wasn't convinced by the resolution. Further details in spoiler marked comment below

CarolynM It seems a bit unfair on your readers to make an ongoing, previously very likeable, if flawed, character your villain and if you're going to do it you need to make the conclusion inescapable. I don't think she achieved that. Maybe I should have gone for so-so... 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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UwannaPublishme
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Just finished my first Louise Penny novel. Where have I been? Such an engrossing story. I adored hanging out with those quirky Three Pines locals. And when Inspector Gamache uncovered clues from Classics like Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Yep, Louise is my newest favorite author. 🙌🏻
P.S. My stunning bookmark is from another favorite writer/blogger/Litsy friend @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#idratherbereading

Chellebearss Oh dear!! Please start at the beginning and work your way through in order starting with tagged. You won‘t regret it!! 😍 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the bookmark shout out! 😍 1y
UwannaPublishme Thanks for this great advice @Chellebearss A friend loaned me this one. I will add Still Life on my TBR as next up. 😊👍🏻 1y
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kspenmoll The series is fantastic- I pre-order her new books whenever they are to be published. ❤️ 1y
UwannaPublishme @kspenmoll I see you are a diehard fan. 🙌🏻I'm on a mission to find the early ones, so I may catch up to you someday. 😁 1y
kspenmoll @UwannaPublishme Really, it‘s worth it, Louise Penny grows as a writer as well ! 1y
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CarolynM
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#ReadingResolutions #JuneTBR
#JuneInBooksS18 #AnticipatedJuneReads

Speakeasy (the new Sarina Bowen) isn't on the database yet so I've tagged the next on my list

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CarolynM
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She knows I've just started on Louise Penny, so she brought these over last night. Friends who lend you their books are #TheGreatest. #GetMovin

Cinfhen Oh, that‘s awesome!!! Looks like you have your work cut out for you 1y
Ruthiella Nice! 😀 1y
Cathythoughts That‘s so nice , she has you well stocked up 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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LeahBergen Nice! 👍🏻 1y
tammysue What a wonderful friend! 👍🏻 1y
Blaire Love it!! I‘m savoring this series. 1y
SledgeReader Whoa! Good friend! 1y
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Abailliekaras
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Another instalment in the Gamache murder mysteries, set in Three Pines. This is a go-to series when I feel like a cosy crime, and I enjoyed returning to the characters & setting. It‘s darker than earlier books & introduces some new characters. I found the plot of this one a little convoluted but love the genteel pace & detail of art & architecture. There are some horse and moose references hence the coffee mug! ☕️

kspenmoll Love this series! 2y
Abailliekaras @kspenmoll me too! So comforting. 2y
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Kmmsellers
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Louise Penny‘s writing becomes more elegant, more poetic, and more precise with each book. The stories also seem to take my breath a little more every time. The Brutal Telling, like all of the books in the series, is comforting (in a weird, dark way), but this one also broke my heart a little and left me feeling dissatisfied in the best possible way.

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Kmmsellers
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Early Saturday mornings are my favorite. The house is quiet, and I can spend time getting lost in a book. I‘m enjoying getting lost in Three Pines this morning.

SilversReviews Love her books. (edited) 2y
bedandabook Saturday mornings are my favourite reading time too; I have a lie-in and then stay in bed with my book and lots of coffee. Heaven! Enjoy 😊 2y
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Caroline2
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Book 5 in the Three Pines Mystery series; these books just get better and better! Whenever I'm stressed or ill or in a reading slump, I don't know what it is about this series but I just find it immensely comforting!

TrishB I shall start it eventually thanks to you 😁 I am trying to finish existing series before new ones.....but best laid plans etc 2y
SilversReviews Her books are always good. I would love to live in Three Pines if it were a real place. 😍😌 2y
AmyG I have always been meaning to read these. 2y
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Caroline2 @TrishB no rush Trish, they're not amazing literature or mysteries or anything but I just really enjoy the characters and location! 😂 2y
Caroline2 @SilversReviews Me too!!! It's my dream home! 😍 2y
Caroline2 @AmyG I enjoy them! 😊 nothing amazing but v comforting! 2y
TrishB I have plenty of comfort reads! Sometimes they‘re just what you need 😁 2y
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LiteraryinLititz
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So, I only listen to audiobooks when driving, and I have a loooong drive coming up (probably 18 hours overall). I‘ve borrowed several audiobooks from the library. I‘d love any feedback (positive or negative) from my fellow littens!

-Into the Water (Will there be too many characters to keep track of on audio?)
-Pocketful of Rye
-Passenger to Frankfurt
-Brutal Telling
-Born a Crime
-Flying Lessons and Other Stories

readinginthedark I haven‘t read any of these, but so far I‘ve loved Christie‘s books on audio! 2y
wrenaymuhree I‘ve only read Into the Water (out of these options), but I definitely don‘t think it would be a good audiobook. I thought it was a decent read, but there are LOTS of characters. Not hard to keep track of when reading, but I‘d imagine it‘d get confusing when listening. 2y
Owlizabeth Born a Crime is probably my favorite audiobook (after Harry Potter). 2y
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riversong153 Into the Water - yes. It shifts narrators a lot if I remember correctly. It‘s hard to keep up if you reading the words, I couldn‘t imagine this on audio. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Born a Crime was great on audio!! 2y
OrangeMooseReads Born a Crime is fantastic 2y
AmyG Agree @OrangeMooseReads Born a Crime is fantastic. He reads his own book. Loved it. 2y
emtobiasz Louise Penny is great on audio! 2y
irre Born a Crime is great on audio! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Audio shopping. I hate the noise at Walmart, but had to pick up more cleaning supplies.

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Laura317
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This was a pick, but just barely. I did not enjoy the direction it went at all. Gamache and crew are all wonderful, but some of the dark underbelly of Three Pines comes to light. This was painful. I think it could've been shorter, too. Still, it adds to my collection.

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JayBirdAlaGal
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Great read when you fall in love with knowing the characters in a series and seeing each one‘s story unfold.

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Laura317
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This evokes such an unsettled and rather sad feeling.

Grimscythe I can‘t feel the emotion in it because every phrase of those sentences are passive. >.> 2y
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Laura317
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I shelved the 6th book and went back to this one. I had thought I had all the books ready and in order. I've no clue how I missed this one. Off I go.