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Glass Houses
Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Surete du Quebec, knows something is seriously wrong. Yet he does nothing. Legally, what can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. From the moment its shadow falls over Three Pines, Gamache suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. When it suddenly vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. In the early days of the investigation into the murder, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins in a Montreal courtroom on a steamy day in July, the Chief Superintendent continues to struggle with actions he's set in motion, from which there is no going back. -This case began in a higher court, - he tells the judge, -and it's going to end there.-And regardless of the trial's outcome, he must face his own conscience. In her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
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CarolynM
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OMG, another murder in Three Pines! I hate to think how much nefarious activity would go on there if it was more accessible 😂 Seriously, though, I really enjoyed this instalment in the series even if I wasn't completely convinced by all of it. I liked the way she told the story and I thought she handled the time shifts really well. Thought provoking re the role of conscience in the criminal justice system. Do the ends ever justify the means?

Amiable I enjoy this series—I think I like the overarching storyline better than the mysteries themselves. The characters feel so real. Penny is so skilled at bringing them to life. 2mo
CarolynM @Amiable Yes, I agree. The personal journeys of the recurring characters are really well done. 2mo
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CarolynM
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Indeed. Your conscience is for your own actions, not to police the actions of others.

Jeg How very true. 2mo
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Blaire
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The small town of three pines becomes the center of another investigation when a mysterious figure appears in town. Goes deep into how Gamache is trying to tackle his new responsibilities and moral questions about decisions. Most of it takes place in a courtroom so has a more procedural feel than some of the other Gamache mysteries. Love it as always and am pacing myself so I don‘t catch up with Ms. Penny and still have more to read.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I was right. Not my cup of tea.

I was going to give it 50 pages, but I opened page 35, read two sentences, and mentally went “oh my god I DON‘T CARE.” 😐

Louise Oh, that‘s too bad. I have found that some books in the series really catch my interest and others don‘t; but over time, I have come to enjoy getting to know the characters. 3mo
Amiable The thing with this series is that there is an overarching storyline that stretches across all of the books. Each book is a standalone mystery, but it‘s also a continuation of the story that began with book 1. It‘s difficult to jump into the middle of the series and understand the details of the back story. Just for FYI. I love the series. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Amiable I knew it was a series, but I guess I had the impression it should be easy to jump in anywhere. I‘m sure I would have been more interested if I‘d already known the characters, but I also really disliked the writing style. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I‘ve never read a Louise Penny book before. Didn‘t sound like my cup of tea. But my friend says there‘s a character in this book whose entire job is to follow people around silently while dressed as the Grim Reaper. I, too, love dressing up, walking, and not talking to people, so I‘m hoping to pick up some career tips.

Also pictured: my breakfast sandwich on a homemade sourdough bagel (the others in the batch have holes). #booknbreakfast

Avanders 😆😆 3mo
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Louise
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In this book, Louise Penny explores the role of conscience in the lives of individuals and society. Is it ever right to do “the wrong thing” for the sake of a higher good? Another interesting addition to the Inspector Gamache series. #audiobook

Blaire This is where I am at in the series as well. Just took it out from the library in preparation for airplane reading next week. 3mo
Louise @Blaire We are very close to catching up with the author and having to wait for her to write the next ones! I started this series while waiting for the next Maisie Dobbs book. Which series will fill in the gap while waiting for the next Gamache books? I wonder. . . 🤔💕📚 3mo
Blaire @Louise I know....I always like to have a go-to series that I know I‘ll immediately be into. I don‘t know what mine will be either... 3mo
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MallenNC
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I loved this installment of the Inspector Gamache mysteries! Some of the earlier ones were a little slow to get started (for me) but this one hooked me from the start. I loved the way she structured it, the mystery kept me guessing, and there was a creepiness that made me want to read it fast! I enjoy where she‘s taken the characters. I have one more book before I‘m caught up with the series in time to read the new one in August. #CozyintheSun

Librarybelle I‘m still behind in the series but will probably buy a copy of the new one when it comes out. 5mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle Louise Penny came to my town a few weeks ago! That made me want to move these up on the TBR. I will be a little sad when I get caught up and have to wait a year between books. 5mo
Librarybelle So cool! 5mo
ferskner Oh my gosh, you're so lucky to be a part of that NC mini tour! She came to Nashville last year and it was one of the best author talks I've ever heard. 5mo
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Red_pixi
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Loved the book! First one of the year. Started slow but then couldn‘t put it down......great suspense

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MrsBibliophile
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Have you ever read a French/Canadian mystery? I have, and I really enjoyed it! It reminded me of Leavenworth, WA so I included some of our pictures. This story held my attention rather well. It had great character development, and even a duck ♡ I definitely recommend Glass Houses by Louise Penny for anyone wanting to read a mystery.

Happy Reading!

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LauraBytheBook
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I finished this audiobook yesterday while painting my craft room. This is the 13th book in the series and I‘ve read them all except for # 14 (the ebook of which came through on my library holds yesterday). I love the Inspector Gamache series and wish I could live in Three Pines, but I felt the one rambled on a bit too much and dragged a bit. Also I didn‘t get enough of the Three Pines good feels in this one.

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LauraBytheBook
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I‘m spending my 3-day weekend painting the room that will become my sewing / craft room. This is a great opportunity to finish the 5 hours left on my audiobook of the tagged title!

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LauraBytheBook
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I‘m bingeing Glass Houses on audiobook trying to finish before my library ebook hold of Kingdom of the Blind comes in (which should be any day now). Also still working my way through An Echo in the Bone (Outlander book 7).

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Nebklvr
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These are the most beautifully written and emotionally devastating mysteries. These characters live on after each story is finished. You couldn‘t pay me enough to live in Three Pines. The streets of Chicago are safer by far. There are no obvious answers here. There are people with strengths and weaknesses, loves and hatreds. There are people who feel their last option is murder.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻. Great series. 12mo
Nebklvr @TrishB I love this series. I will say the beginning of this one was pretty implausible but I loved it anyways 12mo
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Nebklvr
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This is why I love Louise Penny‘s books.

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Christinak
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Sleepless nights = binge reading

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sophierayton
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Not my favourite Penny novel. There's an aspect of Gamache's personality that surprised me about him and the author. A little ridiculous in places like most of Penny's books, but still good.

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Jen2
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Fantastic as always!!

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HardcoverHearts
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Louise Penny almost lost me a few books back. I actually despised her 10th book in this series, The Long Way Home. But the last two have been spectacular. It‘s making me very excited for her new Nov release. I don‘t know what I am going to do with myself when I am all caught up with the series! I‘m 1/4th in and I am liking it very much. I am interested in knowing more about the two big metaphors in the book- a burning ship and glass houses.

Abailliekaras Love Louise penny! 14mo
HardcoverHearts @Abailliekaras Other than that one book which threw me off ( I felt it was not a mystery at all but a forced attempt to propel the characters to a different state for her narrative purposes), I have loved all her books. Are you caught up with the series? 14mo
Abailliekaras No I‘m only 5 books in! I‘m pacing myself though because I can‘t read them all at once or it gets a bit too ‘sweet‘. ;) 14mo
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HardcoverHearts @Abailliekaras That was me, two years ago. I tried to space them out but it still went too quickly! Savor them and then come back and tell me what you think of #10. 😉😂 14mo
Abailliekaras Will do! 14mo
RaimeyGallant Hillary Clinton mentioned her in her (Hillary's) book. :) 13mo
HardcoverHearts @RaimeyGallant I think it was a recommendation list I saw on Scribd where famous people recommended books and this was among Hillary‘s list. I think my mother was annoyed that I didn‘t just take her word for it but needed it validated before I dove into the series. 😂 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Really enjoyed this latest Gamache cosy mystery! It's hard to ever say anything about these books with out spoiling the plot. Gamache puts everything on the line in battling the forces of evil! This book has been such a balm against the painful news cycle. Even though the themes of the book are not outside the challenges of the political moment - good always prevails!.

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This is in Louise Penny‘s afterward to Glass Houses. I love it! I‘ve been reflecting on why I love these books and this is why. I love escaping into the Three Pines state of mind - where friendship and family and integrity are at the centre and good always prevails in the end.

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up!

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Bookwormjillk
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I wanted to re-read all of the Gamache books again before the new one comes out in November, but quickly realized that probably wasn‘t possible. So I made the first and last ones a priority and will what I can in between. 🌲🌲🌲

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rabbitprincess
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I read this in a single afternoon. Could not put it down. This has a different storytelling structure than previous installments, so it may be disorienting in places, but overall this method really built up the suspense. Reminiscent of How the Light Gets In for me.

Anton My aunt apparently went to school with this author 1y
rabbitprincess @Anton Cool! She is so nice. 1y
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"If Olivier's hair [in Clara's portrait of him] was more of a suggestion than actual hair, what difference did it make? And his hair, as Gabri was always happy to point out, was becoming more of a suggestion every day."
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rabbitprincess
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Myrna's description of psychopaths sent a wave of dread down my spine, particularly the bit about the sense of entitlement. 😰

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"I just got to the part where Frodo and Ralph find the magic ring in the pig's head. But I'm not sure why the pope is on the island."
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ju.ca.no 😂 1y
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rabbitprincess
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I am also ridiculously pleased that Beauvoir now has glasses. We can be new-glasses twins 😊🤓

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"He's particularly interested in developing a cuisine based solely on things native to this area."
"Trees," said Katie. "Grass."
"Anglos," said Lea. "Yum."
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Susanita
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Okay I need to get back to this series so I can read this! #NatBookFest

Audrey How was her talk? 1y
Susanita @Audrey she was delightful as ever! 1y
Susanita @Audrey he interviewer mentioned she‘s in the middle of 1y
Audrey Thanks @Susanita I‘m looking forward to this book. 1y
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Susanita
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Another #NationalBookFestival author! I will try to catch the end of her talk once I‘m “off duty” from ushering upstairs. #Canada #Augustisatrip

vkois88 Awesome! 1y
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NikkiCureton
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Really enjoyed A Great Reckoning and looking forward to reading this! Good mystery, excellent writing. Took me too long to finish (totally my fault/easily distracted lately), I really enjoyed the book.

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Airykah13
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This was my first time reading Louise Penny. The story was quite slow in the beginning but picked up after I was halfway through. I enjoyed the characters, two of my favorites being Ruth and her duck, Rosa. 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

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Airykah13
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My little bit of reading from last night—slower than usual but whatever ☺️ #24in48

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Airykah13
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It‘s 10:30pm PST — I‘m starting a little late because I fell asleep! Haha. I have my reading buddy and am powering through this book. It‘s slow and bit boring but I‘m hoping it picks up. #24in48

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Airykah13
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I‘m working all weekend but I‘m going to get in as many hours as I can! Starts 7/21 @ 12:01am and ends 7/22 @ 11:59pm. #24in48 #readathon

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cathysaid
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Sunday reading! Visiting Three Pines and Inspector Gamache. What literary locales are you touring today?

RJHowe Pennsylvania and Jordan 1y
Pamwurtzler I‘m in Harlem today. 1y
cathysaid @RJHowe Sounds like a fast paced read....my favorite when it comes to a crime thriller! 1y
cathysaid @Pamwurtzler Ohhh...that's on my TBR! 1y
Pamwurtzler @cathysaid I‘m liking it so far! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#PennyLane
#HeyJune

On my tbr shelf!!!
My first zinnias of the year 💗🌸🌼

minkyb I love Zinnias! How did you know Misty? 🤣 1y
SledgeReader @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌺🌺🌺Zinnias! Good for you! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb I can send you some seeds!!!! 😘💗😘💗 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SledgeReader thank you 💗💗💗💗 1y
Leftcoastzen pretty ! 1y
minkyb Thanks for the offer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks i actually purchased a few pots at a farmstand today! 1y
TiredLibrarian Zinnias + Louise Penny Book = Happiness! 🌹🌼🥀🌻🌺 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TiredLibrarian ☺️☺️☺️☺️ 1y
Cinfhen Great choice and your flowers look 😇😇 (edited) 1y
TNbookworm ❤🌸🌸 1y
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wallacereads
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Just noticed this expires in 3 days so time to stress read! 😬

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Jules7
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Ohmygoodness @Wonderwoman89 you seriously outdid yourself!!! I love love love absolutely everything in my #keychainswap box!!! I‘m afraid you may feel a bit shorted! I am a tote bag hoarder, and this personalized one is the perfect size to use everyday!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Wonderwoman89 Good I was worried you wouldn‘t like it. I remember you said you didn‘t like a lot of bling. 2y
Jules7 @Wonderwoman89 ....it‘s all perfect. Thank you again. 😊 2y
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SilversReviews
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#challenge
#giveaway
#oldcoolbooks
@Linsy

PENNY DREADFUL

Louise Penny‘s books are not dreadful, but they are suspenseful.

“Louise Penny has given us another beautifully written, intellectual, intriguing plot that will have you glued to the pages, thinking about what a conscience really is and how it helps or hinders one's choices.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/08/glass-houses-by-louise-penny.html

tammysue Very nice review Elizabeth! 😁 2y
CaitlinR I‘ve been told this is one of her best. Waiting for a Library copy. 2y
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SilversReviews @CaitlinR It was good. 2y
Linsy Ooh, good to know! I‘ve never tried her before. 2y
SilversReviews @Linsy I love her characters the best. 2y
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howjessreads
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For the Louise Penny fans amongst you; today is the paperback release day for GLASS HOUSES! #behindthescenesatBookmans

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Meg11726
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Is it wrong this is my supper tonight? And I've been reading this book for weeks.. and it's so good, my only excuse is I have a super cute baby who I spend all my time with, taking advantage of an early bedtime tonight, my other fur baby and relaxation while hubby is away for another week

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GraciesLibrary
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Another delightful Louise Penny murder mystery featuring Chief Superintendent, Armand Gamache. Reading another Gamache mystery is like returning to Three Pines and visiting old friends. You are at once part of life there, comfortable with the characters, and along with them are drawn into the tension of the murder. What sets this particular murder apart is not so much the crime (though unusual), but what Gamache struggles with - his conscience.

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Meg11726
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Calm before the storm?! It's a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. Tulips have me wishing for spring but apparently a Nor'easter is heading our way.. Florida can't come soon enough tomorrow. Working on updating my TBR and read list and hopefully get a few pages read before Miss Harper wakes

Mdargusch Beautiful photo! 2y
Scurvygirl Yah, it‘s hitting us in New England, starting tonight. It‘s fast moving, 12-18 inches for my area. 2y
Meg11726 @Mdargusch thank you. 2y
Meg11726 @Scurvygirl hope you faired out well. Storm is hitting us now and it's brutal! 2y
Scurvygirl @Meg11726 it‘s over now! Waiting on the kid who does my driveway to get out in the morning? Probably about 15 inches with larger drifts. Ready for springtime!!! 2y
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kspenmoll
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Finished #audiobook.#Libby Enjoyed listening while working at home or driving. Recent audiobook convert; surprised myself, thought My restless mind would wander.
Louise usually has a new book every August but due to her husband‘s death this past year,she will not publish until next year.
Gripping,twisting plot, exploring”the court of conscience”(Gandhi) we are left hanging with the question of Gamache‘s & Lacoste‘s fate.

AlaMich It took me awhile to come around to audiobooks also, but now I love them! I have found that choosing good ones is a bit of an art, though. 😊 2y
SilversReviews Another good one by Louise Penny...LOVE that cover. 2y
Suet624 I found I can only really listen and pay attention to non-fiction on audio. But it‘s a wonderful option. 2y
Sheryl FYI .. per Louise‘s newsletter this month, her next book, Kingdom of the Blind, will release on Nov 27 this year. It‘s later than normal because she had planned to take this year off, but decided to, quietly, keep writing anyway, as she missed her Three Pines friends. Bless her! 😍🙌🏻 2y
kspenmoll @Sheryl Thanks for title/ have not read recent newsletter. Will preorder! 2y
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ChrisM
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Just finished listening & really enjoyed it!! Can't wait for the next 1 to come out! Crime comes to the village of Three Pines & Superintendent Gamache must find a way to protect his family & friends along with all of Quebec. The audio was wonderful- 1 reader did all of the characters & was very convincing & enjoyable.

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Meg11726
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Maybe she will let me read a page? If only she knew how intriguing Three Pines and all it's characters are...

Laura317 I love your Chip teacup! 2y
sherryvdh I know that feeling so well! 2y
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I am so stinkin excited right now. I‘m at the library studying this afternoon and I got up to take a break and stretch my legs. So I wandered over to the book sale section to browse around a minute. Look what I just got for $1, yes 1 dollar!!!!!!!! I couldn‘t believe it because this is her new one!!!! I love Louise Penny and the town of Three Pines! ❤️

Deidre-Dee-OfficialBookworm Wow, what a great buy! It‘s amazing what you find in library sales📚 2y
2BR02B I keep meaning to start this series. I hear nothing but great things. 2y
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Another weekend of painting to the tune of stories from Three Pines 🌲🌲🌲

Notice that my supervisor is sleeping on the job.