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Trick of the Light
Trick of the Light | Louise Penny
A "New York Times" Notable Crime Book for 2011"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musee in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Surete du Quebec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light."
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Bakingbookworm
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Mehso-so

3 STARS - Not my fav book so far. It dragged with too much art world info, emotional baggage of the villagers when all I wanted was the mystery and Quebec history. A decent read but I'm hoping the next book hits me like Bury Your Dead (book 6) hit me.

Review: https://bit.ly/ATrickOfTheLIghtReview

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Librarybelle
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Pickpick

Another amazing entry in the Three Pines/Inspector Gamache series!

Penny‘s ability to suck in the reader into not only the narrative but also the underlying currents is astounding. For this one, forgiveness plays such a vital role - going beyond to forgive of not to forgive to examine thoughts and feelings and actions about a horrible situation and the energy it would take to forgive someone. Such a great read!

PageShifter Sounds interesting! 1mo
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BookBosomed1
Trick of the Light | Louise Penny
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Thanks for the tag @SamanthaMarie
1. I don‘t even know what that means? What does that mean? 2. Bookmarks, a tea cup & saucer, or my leg warmers. I love bookmarks! 3. Tagged. I love the Detective Gamache series and Three Pines. @Lemons7 you want to play? #thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

SamanthaMarie I've only read the first two Detective Gamache books, I need to get the third and keep going! 2mo
BookBosomed1 @SamanthaMarie Yes! I tend to pick up the books when I‘m in a reading slump or I don‘t know what to read 2mo
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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 3mo
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canbku
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Mehso-so

This was my least favorite inspector Gamache take so far. I loved being back in Three Pines, of course, bit I thought some things were far-fetched and unbelievable -even for this type of fantasy. I also guessed the ending, which is something I'm not very good at, so.... And I like narrator, but he does this weird hum before everything Gamache said, which I think makes him sound pretentious

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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

This one is all about change and choosing what or whether to forgive. Penny does give her characters a chance to change, which keeps a series of potentially formulaic mysteries more fresh (although I am getting a little fatigued by the Christie-style dramatic group reveal). At one point Gamache says something like, "the theme of this murder is..." which felt a little too "breaking the fourth wall" to me, but other than that, I enjoyed this one.

Clwojick I‘ve heard good things about this author, but I‘ve still never read anything from her yet. 4mo
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canbku
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New audio! Haven't tried any of the Louise penny as audio. Will see if I like the narrator!

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PuddleJumper
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Pickpick

I've enjoyed all the books in this series so far and I'm looking forward to the rest of them

This one pondered on forgiveness and people's ability to change which I think were important themes to explore after the last book

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BookBosomed1
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Trying to listen to audiobooks on my hour long daily walks. I get distracted fairly easily on these walks (look, squirrel!) so it‘s a challenge but trying just the same.

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BookBosomed1
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Happy Day 5 #LitsySummerCamp hosted by @ImperfectCJ. I am new to 🎧 📚 while hiking or walking. I usually prefer to listen to nature or a podcast. However, I‘m giving audiobooks a try for my daily walks with the doggo! Happy walking.

DivineDiana I love everything about this photo! 5mo
BookBosomed1 @DivineDiana thank you! We love visiting the grasspuppies 🐄 down the road. 5mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Such a good doggo! ❤️ 5mo
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Singout
Mehso-so

I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I usually do Louise Penny; possibly because it delves into the world of art dealership and I had a hard time keeping track of all the different characters. Now I‘m looking forward to the next one!

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Jaimelire
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Pickpick

I always love coming back to the village of Three Pines and visiting with all the wonderful characters in Louise Penny‘s novels. Once again, this book did not disappoint. It did take me a bit longer than usual to read because my mind keeps wandering (Covid always in the forefront), but last night I managed a nice long stretch of reading and finished this great novel.

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anored
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“Light is every bit as challenging as dark. We can discover a great deal about ourselves by looking at beauty.”
~ A Trick of the Light
#louisepenny #Gamache

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mom2bugnbee
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December stats are always a bit down because Christmas. ☺

An Impartial Witness ⭐⭐⭐
A Trick of the Light ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Hostile Hospital ⭐⭐⭐
A Share in Death ⭐⭐⭐
A Bitter Truth ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ShelleyBooksie
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Pickpick

I love this series. The characters feel like family and the mysteries are compelling. This book felt like a breath of fresh air after her previous book which was not set in Three Pines. The village and its occupants truly make the story.

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Mshookquilts
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Pickpick

Clara finally gets her solo show but at the after party in her own yard an old enemy is murdered. While Gamache searches for the murderer, he tries to solve/resolve other issues in his life.

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JulAnna
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Pickpick

Another entry in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. I enjoy how these books are more than murder mysteries. Each book gives more insight into the personalities of the characters. Such a well-developed series!

Crazeedi I agree with your assessment, I totally enjoyed this series 2y
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JulAnna
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#KeepLitsyActive #detective

Chief Inspector Gamache
Well developed character, flawed yet admirable
@ljuliel

RaimeyGallant And that duck! 2y
ljuliel Great picture and post ! Thank you. I must be missing something , as I‘ve been trying to play Where‘s Waldo , but looking for a duck 🦆 ? 2y
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Jnnlb
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Pickpick

Louise Penny books are some of my favorites. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I highly recommend this series #louisepenny #trickofthelight #gamache

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Louise
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Pickpick

This #audiobook examines the scars that run deep and can influence a person‘s life over decades. It looks at what it takes to move beyond those scars in a real way. It explores themes of artistic and personal development. It‘s a quiet book and a solid addition to this excellent series.

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TrishB
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Pickpick

A lovely Sunday with one of my favourite detectives 😁 good read and I just guessed in time!
Sunday sads now though....been off for just over a week and really would like to be off a bit longer!

Cathythoughts We need more time off ... I‘m a believer in the 4 day working week. It‘s enough... 2y
squirrelbrain Oh no, Sunday grumps are the worst 😞 😘 2y
kspenmoll Love Louise Penny! I agree; one week never feels like enough! 2y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts agreed 😘 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘m definitely doing the first class grumps today! 2y
TrishB @kspenmoll work comes round very quickly ☹️ 2y
Sresendez12 I‘ve always heard good things about Louise Penny! I really want to start reading her stuff! 2y
TrishB @Sresendez12 it‘s a great series 👍🏻 2y
Zelma @Sresendez12 I‘m not a mystery fan at all but I love Louise Penny. Definitely give her a try if you have even a little interest. 2y
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HollyBahling
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Pickpick

Another great read by Louise Penny! I must admit... I spent the entire book expecting the culprit to be peter but was 100% shocked by who really did it! I know and I mean KNOW Peter has to be the perpetrator at some point. I feel like it such a tease he hasn‘t killed anyone yet. He more than once has seemed to have the motive. Anyone agree with me!?

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ferskner
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I'm kind of bummed that I didn't get as much reading in as I wanted this #24in48, but I should be able to hit twelve hours by midnight. It's such a pleasure to be back in Three Pines. #cozyinthesun

@Librarybelle @24in48

EKonrad Just started my first Louise Penny last night. Do you recommend the whole series? 😊 2y
Sweettartlaura @EKonrad I sure do 🙋🏻‍♀️. It‘s one of my favorite series. If you like the first one, it just gets better - enjoy! 2y
Librarybelle Love Three Pines. And, @EKonrad ...I highly recommend the series. It gets better, as Penny develops the characters. 2y
ferskner @EKonrad I would absolutely recommend the whole series! It really builds on itself in satisfying ways. How lucky you are to be reading Louise Penny for the first time! 2y
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Christyco125
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Pickpick

They just keep getting better. I wish the library queue wasn‘t so long for the rest.

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Ncostell
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Pickpick

Is it just me or do Louise Penny‘s books in the Inspector Gamache series just keep getting better and better? In this seventh book in the series, a murdered woman is found in Clara Morrow‘s garden the night after her first art exhibit at a prominent Montreal museum. As usual the mystery is interesting, but the evolution of the main characters‘ relationships really elevates this series to another level.

CarolynM I agree. I've recently read the 9th in the series and it's still getting better. 3y
Ncostell @CarolynM. That‘s good to hear! I‘m glad that I still have more in the series to look forward to reading. 3y
kspenmoll They get better each year! I am awaiting her new one being released in November I think. I have the one before that yet to read. I am envious that you have more to read but I can always reread!!! 3y
Ncostell @kspenmoll Yes, I know that feeling of wanting to read something that you really enjoy but don‘t want to reach the end either! 3y
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Bookwormjillk
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Received a book from paperbackswap and some #litsylove in the mail today. What a great start to the weekend.

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violabrain
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Mehso-so

I‘ll admit this is not my typical genre. Some of the writing was great, but artists and art lovers not knowing the term chiaroscuro and otherwise intelligent, well-informed people seemingly completely unaware of how AA works…? It‘s a little bit too much for me to swallow.

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EadieB
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Day 25 - #trick #blackcatchallenge

This is book 7 in one of my favorite series.

“Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable – the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.” ―New York Times Book Review

Crazeedi One of my favorite series too! This one was excellent 3y
Lcsmcat ❤️ 🌲 🌲🌲 3y
EadieB @Crazeedi @lcsmat yes I would like to visit three pines one day but I don‘t think it‘s s real place! 3y
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LoverofLit I have read the first three of these and love them so far. I wanna visit Three Pines and meet Ruth. I love her "I don't give a rat's ass" attitude! ❤???❤ 3y
Crazeedi @EadieB it isn't. You should follow louise penny on Facebook. She talks about three lines etc 3y
EadieB @Crazeedi I do follow her on Facebook but too busy reading to see what others post. But I will check her page out. Thanks! 3y
Crazeedi @EadieB I think I remember one of her post talking about three pines... 3y
EadieB @Crazeedi I‘m sure she does talk about three pines on her page. 3y
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Laura317
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Pickpick

Another Chief Inspector Gamache book down. This one, #7, is a favorite so far. Beautiful writing with fascinating characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jerdencon
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First world reading problems... finish the Louise Penny book im a 1/3 if the way through or start Lethal White which just came in from the library?! I'm the first one to check it out too... beautiful new book! But decisions, decisions!!! 😀😂

4thhouseontheleft Tough choice! But I would probably finish the Louise Penny book first. Quickly. 😂 3y
Pamwurtzler I vote with @4thhouseontheleft - hide Lethal White & finish the Louise Penny. 3y
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Laura317

“Some cracks let the light in. Some let the darkness out.” This gives me the chills. I just love how‘s Louise Penny can evoke a mood.

RaimeyGallant Such a great line. 3y
Laura317 @RaimeyGallant Louise Perry‘s writing is amazing to me. 3y
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Laura317
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Looking forward to starting this today! Love me some LP!

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CarolynM
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Pickpick

Oh no! Yet another murder in Three Pines! At least it's an excuse to spend more time with these unusual characters. I guessed the murderer in this one, which I almost never do. It didn't spoil my reading pleasure.

Cathythoughts Great review. I love ... yet another murder ! Or thriller. I don‘t care if I guess ( but I‘m usually clueless) or if the ending isn‘t great ... if the journey is good Im happy. 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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CarolynM
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My reading companion and My book on my lap. The #Bed&Breakfast in Three Pines is featuring as heavily in this book as it does in all the earlier books in the series. #AugustIsATrip

vkois88 I want to read some of her books! I always hear such good things! 3y
Amiable My former boss retired this past winter and has been traveling--she just went to Quebec and did a "Three Pines" tour of the town where Louise Penny lived and writes. She said it was amazing! I want to do it now. 3y
CarolynM @vkois88 I would certainly recommend them 3y
CarolynM @Amiable That's another one for my travel bucket list! Thanks 3y
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mllemay
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Pickpick

Just flew through this one! My favorite in this series so far. The characters are finally becoming deeper and more three-dimensional to me, and I find the stories are getting a bit grittier and less cozy. I‘ve already put the next one on hold and I can‘t wait to ses where she takes these characters next.

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Caroline2
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Pickpick

Another great read from Louise Penny! This series just gets better and better. I would class them as literary mysteries but I find the writing style, location and characters very comforting. I recently heard that Hilary Clinton is a fan too!! 👍🏻 😃

JamieArc If you follow Louise Penny on Facebook, you‘ll see they are friends and hang out sometimes 😊 4y
Caroline2 @JamieArc that‘s awesome!!!! 😲 4y
EadieB I‘ve read them all and enjoyed each one! This series is great! 4y
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Pageturner.Cliffhanger
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Puzzles ‘til the end!

When a body is found in Clara Morrow‘s flowerbeds, Chief Inspector Gamache, Inspector Beauvoir, and ascending star Agent Lacoste return to the idyllic village of Three Pines.

Though less structurally daring than its predecessor - Bury Your Dead - this is Penny‘s most confident village-located mystery so far.

#louisepenny #minotaurbooks #atrickofthelight #murdermystery #booklover #bookworm #canada #meetmeinthreepines

DebReads4fun Love this photo! 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

Another enjoyable installation of Inspector Gamache and Three Pines. These books are the reading equivalent of mac and cheese - total comfort food.

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Bibliogeekery
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Lazy Sunday reading.

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Bibliogeekery
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It's almost like my hotel room in Niagara-on-the-lake could be in Three Pines. I'm snatching some reading time before check-out. 😍📚

BookishTrish ❤️❤️❤️😍❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Blaire Love it!!! 4y
Dragon That dragonfly lamp is so pretty! 😀 4y
Johanna414 LOVE Niagara On the Lake! 4y
Pageturner.Cliffhanger Started this one this afternoon! 🌲🌲🌲 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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Next up! I've been in a reading slump because of terrible migraines. I'm hoping this light cosy read will help with that!

Tamra Perfect! 4y
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AmyG
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@TheKidUpstairs Look what I just recieved! My #feedareader package. Thank you soooo much. All the recipies, with lovely little “stories” attached...I am so excited to make them. I am not the best cook, and I always need recipies..I‘m thrilled to try these. My Canada coaster goes next to my reading spot, my husband will steal the salmon spice (he loves to grill), the magazine hs great recipies, too! And I have always wanted to read Louise Penny. 😘

cathysaid How lovely! All those handwritten recipes 💕 4y
TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad it arrived safely, and that you like everything! I had so much fun putting it all together 😁 4y
TricksyTails 👏😍♥️ 4y
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Lisaw13
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How the people of Three Pines have grown on me! The first book I read in the series I was like "meh", but you Littens encouraged me to read more saying they got better and I'm glad I did. Now reading this series is like going home. Littens rock!

robinb I‘ve only read the first one and was not blown away by it. But because of the #LitsyLove for this series, I plan to keep going. 😊👍 4y
Lisaw13 @robinb I really didn't like the first one so definitely give it another try. 4y
robinb @Lisaw13 👍👍😊 4y
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HardcoverHearts
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I kept returning to this series this year. I love the quiet intelligence and humanity of the things that happen to the Three Pines community, outside Montreal. A cozy mystery label is too quaint for what I think this series offers. The audiobooks are well done and will be a great companion during a long day of Xmas cooking tomorrow. If you celebrate Xmas, I hope you are having a lovely Xmas eve!

Caroline2 I love this series too! 😍 I find her writing style comforting and absorbing! 😊 4y
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 4y
HardcoverHearts @Caroline2 Exactly! I just sink right into them. I love her style. 4y
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BeverleeWitvoetAbell
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December is going to be my "catch up with Friends" month. Hello Louise. Long time no read!! So happy to be with you!!

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Christinak
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😍
#emojinov #nov📚📷
I #love this series! I also love the audiobook version - Ralph Cosham‘s narration is wonderful. This is one series I save for audio. I listened to this on my drive home from Boston yesterday - so of course I have a few chapters left.
I am happy for a relaxing morning of listening.

Lcsmcat I‘m the same way! I love how he got the French right, and his voices for each character. 4y
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Blaire
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Loved as usual. A go-to comfort read, this is a series that I savour. We are once again back in 3 pines after celebrating Clara Morrow‘s art show opening. At the after party a murder occurs. We go deeper into peter and Clara‘s relationship and learn how Beauvoir and Gamache are doing after the last incident. #comfortread #cozymystery

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