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A Better Man
A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Kingdom of the Blind. The air is thick with excitement and anxiety as Sret du Qubec agents gather in the conference room for the Monday morning meeting of the homicide department. This will be Armand Gamaches first day back since his demotion from head of the entire force, to head of homicide. Complicating matters, hell be sharing the duties with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Amid blistering social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment to find a missing woman. The search for Vivienne Godin is played out against a backdrop of catastrophic spring flooding. Three Pines itself is threatened, as the Rivire Bella Bella breaks its banks. A province-wide emergency is declared and desperate efforts are underway to save towns and cities, dams and bridges. As Gamache leads the search for Vivienne, he develops a profound empathy for her distraught father. With a daughter of his own, he finds himself haunted by the question, how would you feel, if... As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And the victims father contemplates a murder of his own. And the question facing both Gamache and Beauvoir shifts. What would you do, if... your childs killer might walk free?
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sherryvdh
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1. Escapist, magical, suspenseful
2. When the kids are sleeping, curled up in bed.
3. Best: Tagged, I read the last 2/3 yesterday when I was under the weather. Couldn't put it down! Worst: Beyond the Grave by CJ Archer. It was ok, I'm just tired of the circling relationship issues and the direction the MC has gone.
4. ❤
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great responses, thanks for joining in ❣️ 6d
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Bookwormjillk
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Up early to finish this book before work because crimes don‘t solve themselves people. 🌲🌲🌲

TheAromaofBooks Needing to finish a book before work is the worst - I've stood at the counter in my coat with my keys desperately reading the final pages before haha 6d
Anna from Gustine I've only read the first of this series, but really enjoyed it and hope to continue. Glad there are so many! :-) 6d
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sherryvdh
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I'm still working on Wintersong, but I got a surprise hold in today from the library. I'm in the perfect mood this evening to curl up in bed and read some familiar characters. I've got my stack of pillows, my tea, and the pup. I'm all set to jump in. #mommytime

Crazeedi Can't wait to read° 1w
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Bookwormjillk
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I read this so fast when it came out that I figured a re-read was in order. I‘m hoping returning to a favorite will get me out of this reading slump. 🌲🌲🌲

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I thought this one was so great! Loved it! 2w
Tamra It‘s good - not my favorite, but hopefully it will do the trick for you! 2w
Bookwormjillk @Tamra which one is your favorite? 2w
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Bookwormjillk @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I liked it too, but read it so fast I don‘t really remember what happened! 2w
Tamra @Bookwormjillk I really enjoyed this one - loved both the setting and the working through the murder mystery. 😁 2w
Tamra @Bookwormjillk I haven‘t read that one yet! Thanks for pointing it out! (I do the audio for this series and I don‘t go in order. I know some have strong feelings about that.😀) 2w
Bookwormjillk @Tamra it‘s really good on audio! 2w
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Amiable
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All of my library holds came up at once —-ahhh! Started “Bad Blood” and “A Better Man.” Barbara Bush is going to have to be patient. 😬

ELH I‘m about halfway through The Matriarch 2w
Amiable @ELH Is it good? 2w
ELH @Amiable Yes, I don‘t always like the bio style (I prefer memoir- bio is too he said, she said), but I am learning a lot! 2w
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Amiable @ELH Good to know! I wasn‘t a fan of her husband as president, but I think that Barbara was a fascinating woman. I‘m looking forward to the book now! 2w
Tamra Enjoy the Penny! 2w
ELH @Amiable same! 2w
Tanisha_A I just checked out Bad Blood from the library too. High-5! 😁 2w
Amiable @Tanisha_A It's good so far! But it seems like there were sooo many red flags about Holmes and Theranos. I'm puzzled that it went on for as long as it did. 2w
Amiable @Tamra I always do! I want to move to Three Pines. :) 2w
Suet624 So many red flags. 2d
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Tamra
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Pickpick

This latest installment is a pick, but with some reservations. This one seemed a bit repetitive, e.g. commentary why partners don‘t leave abusive relationships. The solution seemed to drag on and defies a statistical reality, which I have concern about. But it is a work of fiction after all!

I loved how she incorporated the very important legal doctrine that checks police power: fruit of the poisonous tree. 👏🏾

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Christinak
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The #bacon sizzled and popped. The coffee perked. The fire in the woodstove roiled as the women went into the study to continue whatever they were talking about, and Jean-Guy left to find Armand.
A mist was rising from the thinning layer of snow. The air warmer now than the ground. Giving the pretty village an otherworldly feel. Except for the mud. #QuotsyDec19

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agrondin44

My second book of Louise Penny. I am usually not a fan of that kind of book and I just could not put it down, loved it!! A good mix of intrigues and good people you want to be friend with.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Pickpick

This was fantastic! Her Acknowledgements at the end had me crying so hard because of who she dedicated this book to and why. 😭 She wonderfully fit in the scourge of social media into this story - having impact on both Gamache and Clara Morrow. So good! Great book to finish this year. This decade!

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thea-block
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I‘ve loved and cherished these new releases each year, and this was no exception! This installment included all things I love about Penny‘s work (deep character work, an interconnected story, character growth) while also expanding into beautiful imagery and personification of place and objects. I wasn‘t as surprised by the mystery but the story was so well done it didn‘t matter. Love these books!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB Love them too 👍🏻 4w
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Christinak
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“April in Quebec was a month of cruel contrasts.of sublime afternoons spent sitting in the #bright sunshine with a glass of wine, then waking to another foot of snow” #QuotsyDec19
#PrettyEndPapers

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Time to break out the Christmasy bookmark! 🤣☃️

Sace I love it! 1mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Even though my holiday break doesn't start until Monday after work, a good old mystery series always makes me happy and feeling like it's the holidays. Usually it's an Elizabeth George, but Louise Penny will do absolutely fine too! 🌲🌲🌲

Annl I agree English mysteries are my go to comfort books! 1mo
TiredLibrarian Two of my favorites! I also have a Deborah Crombie to look forward to. 😻 1mo
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EadieB
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Day 18 - #MysteryMan #DearDecember #ABetterMan #LouisePenny

Inspector Gamache is the better man who solves all the mysteries in this series.

Eggs ❤️📚👏🏻📚❤️ 1mo
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Christinak
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“I‘ll let you think about what you just said. Unless something happens in the next few minutes, like a #meteor strikes, you‘ll be charged with the murder of —— —— ” #QuotsyDec19

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Kangaj1
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I am so excited to finally get my hands on this from the library. I have listened to most of the series on audio, so print is a fun experience as I pronounce names and phrases as I have always heard them. Off to yoga, then home to read before work!

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Preciouz29
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I love Louise Penny‘s Armand Gamache novels, but instead of devouring this in a day like usual, it took me a week....I just had a harder time getting through this and I‘m not quite sure why. I think that the crime was less interesting to me somehow, but the ending was both expected and unexpected.

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kwmg40
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I finished the #MrBook1InAMillion #readathon with 11 hours and 5 minutes of reading time.

Congratulations again to @MrBook on his spectacular achievement, and thanks to #LitsyPartyOfOne and #24B4Monday for running the event! @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

I started Louise Penny‘s new Inspector Gamache series. This photo is of the brand new Champlain bridge in Montreal, next to the old one that Gamache peers over in one scene.

Crazeedi ❤❤ the Gamache series!! 2mo
kwmg40 @Crazeedi My feelings exactly. Such a great series! 2mo
jb72 Pretty cool 😎 it looks similar to the Sunshine Skyway bridge in Florida. 2mo
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MrBook Awesome!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗 2mo
Andrew65 What a great picture with the old against the new. I bit like the recently built Queensferry Crossing Bridge in Edinburgh compared to the old Forth Bridges. 2mo
Andrew65 A great time, well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏😊👍 2mo
kwmg40 @jb72 @Andrew65 It is an interesting picture indeed. My parents live south of Montreal, and recently, we crossed the new bridge, which was a strange experience with the old one right next to it. We did not get out of the car to look over the bridge like Inspector Gamache did! 2mo
Andrew65 @kwmg40 This website shows the three bridges in Edinburgh in close proximity. https://www.heliair.com/store/edinburgh-and-bridges-helicopter-tour/ 2mo
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Great photo. I would love to visit Edinburgh one day, especially after having read so many murder mysteries set there. 2mo
Andrew65 @kwmg40 Think it would be my favourite city. 2mo
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Jen2
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Pickpick

I love getting lost in Three Pines.

Bookwormjillk 🌲🌲🌲 3mo
Earlene I am number 9 for my library hold. I wish the people ahead of me would read faster. Enjoy. 3mo
Jen2 😂😂😂 3mo
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Louise
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Pickpick

My response to this book was mixed. There were so many twists in the story of the crime that I‘m still not entirely sure what happened. (Perhaps that‘s the drawback of listening to the audiobook at night while falling asleep!) But that doesn‘t really matter because the main pleasure of the Three Pines books is spending time with the main characters. And now the wait for the next book begins. Godspeed, Writer, Godspeed!

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EadieB
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Mehso-so

Spring flooding, attacks in the media, and a disappearance greet Gamache in the latest by Penny.
This book a bit disappointing. Tired of the rehashing of the factory raid. There was not enough about the magical, charming 3 Pines that we all love. Great writer and plots are complex but not much character development in the book. Penny needs to get back to 3 Pines so we can smell the bread baking and spend time with our characters that we so love.

Crazeedi I've heard this isnt one of the better ones, I'm disappointed! 4mo
EadieB @Crazeedi Yes I was disappointed too! 4mo
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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

I really like Louise Penny's characters in this series, and it was fun to spend some more time with them and see how they're doing etc, but this just didn't really come together for me.

Crazeedi I was afraid of this, the last one didnt quite measure up, I was hoping this one would. 4mo
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Nebklvr
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Pickpick

The melancholy atmosphere, beautiful writing, and family entanglements are definitely Louise Penny. This mystery was a weaker than her usual mind twisters. Still, once I pick up a Penny, there is no rest until the last word.

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Booknerd2
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Pickpick

I can‘t say enough about this book, series, author!!!
She never disappoints and opening one of these books is like coming home!!!💜💜💜

Bookwormjillk I loved it too 4mo
lahousewyfe So fabulous!!! 4mo
bookishdawg Her monthly newsletter is great too 👍🏻 4mo
Sapphire Agree! Loved every single one. 4mo
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Breanne1
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Pickpick

There is nothing more calming then re-entering the world of Three Pines and falling back in to the relationships of these beloved characters. I can‘t recommend this series enough. It‘s never just a mystery to be solved but includes complex emotions that need to be faced in order to get to the truth.

Sapphire Do you think the new York art critic will become a regular character? 4mo
Breanne1 @Sapphire I think so! It seemed to me like she needed Three Pines for reasons not disclosed yet... 4mo
Sapphire @Breanne1 I hope so! 4mo
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lahousewyfe
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Pickpick

Louise Penny's latest takes Chief Inspector Ganache back into the eye of the storm. A tale of the legacy of abuse and the toll it takes on everyone involved. Plus, a trip to the most glorious little community of Three Pines - who doesn't want to live there?

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Another excellent visit to Three Pines.

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Bookwormjillk
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I read 13 lucky books in August. The tagged book was my favorite, but I really liked Furious Hours, After the Flood, and The Stationary Shop too.

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Shemac77
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Putting aside all other books to visit Three Pines!

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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Librarybelle
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Last #bookhaul post! My Barnes and Noble blowout sale books arrived while I was gone, along with the tagged book, which is a special edition, signed copy.

Is taking off the rest of the year, with pay, an option? I want to read everything!

Graywacke 😲 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I spy Stella Fortuna....loved it!! 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic haul! 5mo
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merelybookish That is an impressive stack of books! 5mo
Tamra 😅 Let me know if that works! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love your haul! 5mo
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kspenmoll
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#bookmail #ThreePines #LouisePenny #mysteryseries

Look what was on my doorstep when I got home from work! ❤️🌲🌲🌲📚

Libby1 Pretty vase! 5mo
Crazeedi Lucky you!!! Can't wait to read! 5mo
kspenmoll @Libby1 Thanks so much! 5mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi I have to read her previous one first! But I always preorder when she has a new book out. ❤️🌲🌲🌲 5mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll 👍👍 I'm up to date but this one 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I loved this book. Most series become repetitive or absurd over time. Louise Penny‘s inspector Gamache series just keeps getting better. (I cried.) If you‘re new to this series start at the beginning!

Shemac77 Love this series! Can‘t wait to get my copy in the mail. 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Shemac77 now the long wait until the next one... 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Louise Penny was great- so funny and interesting. I can‘t wait to get home and read.

Crazeedi Can't wait to read this 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Crazeedi the first 5 pages are very good! 5mo
kspenmoll I am so jealous you got to hear her!!! 5mo
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Booknerd2 Super jealous!!!! I just started this book. Would love to hear the author. 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Booknerd2 if you ever get a chance go. It was so worth staying out past my bedtime 5mo
Booknerd2 @Bookwormjillk I definitely will. There‘s not much that would keep me past my bedtime but a good author would definitely be something that would. 😜 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Got my book, now do I pay attention to Louise Penny‘s talk or start reading? 🌲🌲🌲

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Emiller
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So excited!! I preordered this in May and it came today! 😊😊😊

Tamra Very exciting! 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I am so excited. I never go to things like this, but I couldn‘t resist Louise Penny.

Amiable Awesome! I‘m jealous! 5mo
Louise Oh, that sounds great! Please post some highlights! 5mo
Jen2 I saw her last year. She was as wonderful as I hoped! 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Louise for sure! 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Jen2 good to know! 5mo
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Pandalibrarian
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Pickpick

Finished this excellent book today. I am always a little sad to finish, though, as it‘ll be a while before I can visit Armand, Jean Guy, and Three Pines again. This one incorporates flooding and spring weather as part of the mystery and overall story - a scarily realistic aspect of the book. I also love the little bits of wisdom incorporated throughout like the 4 statements and 3 questions along with Noli Timere. Can‘t wait to visit again.

Booknerd2 💜💜💜🌲🌲 🌲 Can‘t wait to read this!!! 7mo
JamieArc I purposefully don‘t get caught up so that I know I‘ll always have the next book to read. I don‘t want to run out! 😂😂 7mo
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