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Still Life
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surt du Qubec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces---and this series---with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.
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ProudBookNerd
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Really enjoyed the book that introduced the world to Inspector Gamache. The descriptions of the town, the conversations between the characters and their inner dialogue was wonderful. It was not over the top, the characters were interesting and I look forward to reading what they get up to next in book 2.

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OriginalCyn620
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this but I didn‘t hate it either. For a mystery, it seemed a little slow-paced and not very suspenseful. I did like the MC, though!

#bookspinbingo - my #bookspin for this month!
#booked2022 - set in a Canadian province

Cinfhen Well played 🎉 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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Cloverlover

So glad I found this author!

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RebL
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I can now say I spent time in Three Pines. I can‘t say that I finished the work that begun with this photo. I‘d recommend the book but not the plumbing problems.

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AmandaBlaze
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I chose this one because a lot of time is spent in the cafe\bistro.
#SavvySettings #cafe
@Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

jlhammar Good one! That‘s a fun series. I need to get back to it. I think I made it through #5. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🤩 📚 2mo
Eggs The ever-present bistro! Love this series❤️ 2mo
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CaitZ
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This started slow for me and I almost put it down. I'm glad I stuck with it because I ended up really liking the story. #Booked2022 #SetInACanadianProvince @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!!! I know this author is well loved - glad you enjoyed it😃 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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This is one I purposely read for the #PopSugar22 challenge- a book that's going to become a series this year. Plus, I've never read Louise Penny before and as someone who sells books, I feel like that was a gross oversight especially since I love a mystery. I quite enjoyed this book- it felt like a gritty cozy because of the small town setting. I can't wait to see the painting brought to the screen!
#Readin22 #Pantone22

Nute I really enjoyed this book. I need to get back to the series. There are quite a few books now. 3mo
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RainyDayReading
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Pickpick

Low pick. I enjoyed my time with this one, but not sure I‘d call it a new favorite. But I‘ll probably continue on with the series just so long as Agent Nichol isn‘t in them because she was awful and I hated reading the scenes she was involved in. Gamache is charming and while I guessed the killer early on, I had the wrong reason. Overall not a bad mystery with engaging characters. #NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot

PuddleJumper She is in other books but I don't remember her having a big part in any of them 4mo
RainyDayReading @PuddleJumper As long as it‘s not a big part. She really just got under my skin and my tolerance for annoying characters is rather low at the moment 😅 4mo
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Eva_B
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Mehso-so

I chose this book because I‘d seen some good reviews and wanted to find a new ‘detective‘ series. I didn‘t really enjoy this one. I found the writing clunky and I wasn‘t drawn into the mystery. I‘ll have to keep hunting 😊

Christyco125 I had the same feeling about the first one. Think of it as more of an introduction to a bigger world. The stories get more interesting and the characters get way deeper the longer you follow the series. 4mo
Eva_B Thanks for that @Christyco125 😊 4mo
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Michael_Gee
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Grounded in relationships, emotions, and inner-life, this murder mystery is about what gives life meaning. The victim‘s death was one moment in a surging stream of many beautiful others, and that is recalled lovingly through the grief of her artistic community of chosen family. Every character, whose minds we skip to rapidly through the novel, is challenged to grow and learn. Some choose not to, and theirs are the “still” lives.

vivastory Fantastic review. I've been meaning to read this for awhile & your review has definitely bumped it up my TBR 5mo
Michael_Gee @vivastory oh, great! I hope you like it, too. It was recommended to me months ago. I was on the library‘s wait list for awhile before it became available but it was easy to read it all before the due date. 5mo
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Susanita
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1. Decoding Despacito, Winter Counts, The Angel‘s Game
2. Pumpkin pie
3. Going with another Louise Penny for this (tagged)
#weekendreads

Thanks for the tag!

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DebbieGrillo
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1. Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp
2. Apple Crumble
3. Still Life by Louise Penny

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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kspenmoll
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#thoughtfulthursday

📚such a narrator can be confusing, but once I know I can have a better handle on things. Don‘t really enjoy such a narrator.
📚bookmarks, bookish apps on my phone
📚 a Louise Penny fan since Still Life was published & I discovered it in a bookstore. Wait every year for her next installment.

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Skeebies05
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Pickpick

So late for this train but so very good. Finished it by book light so my partner could sleep.

TiredLibrarian 🌲❤🌲❤🌲 7mo
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KristiAhlers
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If you don‘t over analyze this it‘s a solid read and I can understand why she seems so popular a writer in this genre. Inspector Gamache is an interesting character and I‘ll be interested to see how he grows with more books. Heavens knows she got quite the backlist to catch up on.

TiredLibrarian I thought this was the weakest book in the series. They get better as the series progresses, and they build upon each other. Not a series to read out of order. You have some good reading to look forward to! 📚😊 8mo
KristiAhlers @TiredLibrarian oh awesome! Headed to the bookstore tomorrow! 8mo
AmandaBorchers I didn‘t love this book but maybe I‘ll give the second one a shot!! 7mo
KristiAhlers @AmandaBorchers I plan on reading her again but if I feel although this one wasn‘t bad, not sure her voice is my cuppa 7mo
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ImperfectCJ
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My first Louise Penny, and now I get what so many of you have been talking about! What an excellent book! With so many mysteries, the murder is just a way to introduce the mystery, the body just a prop, but Penny gives life to all of her characters and makes their mourning central to the story. I intended to save this for my afternoon walk but listened all this morning instead. Guess I'll have to get the next book in the series for my walk. 🤷‍♀️

BookBosomed1 Love this series! 8mo
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corireadslife
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I. CANNOT. WAIT. 🤩

Best news ever. The Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series remains one of my favorites and I cannot wait to see it come to life.

#LouisePenny #InspectorArmandGamache

kspenmoll So so so EXCITED!!!! 8mo
Kdgordon88 This is happy news! 8mo
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TiredLibrarian
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. Sometimes yes, sometimes no 🤓

2. The Gamache/Three Pines series by Louise Penny; Charlie Parker series by John Connolly

3. Actually I've been reading more nonfiction lately because I'm tired of all the same tropes (especially missing girls). But I do love boarding school settings, and gritty inner cities.

4. My health, and that of my family; may it continue to be good.

DieAReader I think we are trying to escape the same🚤 So very tired of the “missing girls” & “sex trafficking” tropes. Even when I think I‘ve chosen something completely different, 💥there it is again! Another of the above😣 9mo
TiredLibrarian @DieAReader “Missing girls“ by now make me want to scream! 😫
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DieAReader @TiredLibrarian 🙋🏻‍♀️Yup! 9mo
Eggs Love the Gamache series-can‘t wait for the new one! 9mo
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kspenmoll
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#Litsysummercamp #CampPorchView #LiteraryLuminary #favoriteliterarycharacter

Enthralled with this series, which I was introduced to when I found Still Life on a remainder table a year after its initial publication. So Superintendent Gamache is our literary luminary for the day. He will read an excerpt from the tagged book, & set up a challenging scavenger hunt, after which we will play the board game Clue.

Avanders Fun! 👏🏽👏🏽 I‘m almost done reading book 4… 🥰 9mo
kspenmoll @Avanders I am thinking of rereading the series, starting with Still Life. 9mo
BookBosomed1 Love this series. I‘m listening to book seven right now. 9mo
kspenmoll @BookBosomed1 I am so hooked- I preorder her new ones so i get it publishing day! I also sometimes listen a book on audio, but I still want the hard copy. 😀 (edited) 9mo
BookBosomed1 @kspenmoll book 7 is the first one I‘ve listened to on 🎧. I prefer hard cover. 9mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

Maybe I am too analytical? I have some serious questions about police procedure in Canada. This might be the first detective book I have read from there? But why on earth would a detective gather the town and tell them all about their suspensions and what murder weapons they are looking for? Why wouldn't a detective be able to search a house of a murder victim?
Spent a lot of time pausing and saying Why? What?

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforcast
Excited to try Louise Penny for the first time!
Continue to be behind on #ThornBirdsReadAlong but made some progress today!
Going to listen to Apeirogon instead of read to keep me movie on these #tbrgoals
Hummingbirds Daughter as you can see I have had forever and it is super beat up poor thing. I adore Urrea so hoping for the best here.

cajunsyd I love the Gamache series, I hope that you enjoy it!! 10mo
TheSpineView I know you can do it! 👍📖📚 10mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#julyjourneys #picnic inspiration to have one this gorgeous evening while I start this read.
*Not pictured the glass of wine I wouldn't put down long enough to take a picture

@eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs What a lovely place 📚🤗🌳 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂 nice!!! 10mo
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Smarkies
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Mehso-so

I think this book suffered from high expectations as I have heard this mystery series recommended quite a few times. I found some of the characterizations a bit flat.... But maybe that is because it was her first book.
I will give a few more in the series a read to see if I enjoy them more.
Read this for my #bookspin for July
@thearomaofbooks

Tamra I listen to the series on audio via Libby and I‘ve enjoyed it. The first in the series isn‘t the best and the characters grow on you. Truthfully, I haven‘t even listened in order! 10mo
Smarkies @Tamra I have got the next book lined up and hoping to get to it next month. 😁 Let's see how that goes! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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rjsthumbelina
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Mehso-so

(don't pay attention to how dirty my touchscreen on my car's dashboard is!)

This was an interesting character study,with a mystery that kept me invested in finding out what happened.I wasn't a fan of the way Nichole was treated,and also there were a few comments about makeup that implied it made a woman 'fake' that I didn't appreciate.Seemed like a fair amount of internalized misogyny.But I'll probably read the next few and see if they get better

rjsthumbelina Book 1 finished for #JoysofJune! @Andrew65 11mo
Blueberry I really wondered if Nichols was autistic or had some kind psychiatric social disorder. I hoped the author would wrap up her story better or with some kind of explanation. 11mo
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Librarybelle
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Just finished rereading this (my 3rd time reading it!), and celebrating Caturday with my boys.

I‘m currently leading a monthly discussion of Louise Penny‘s works for my library system, and it has been so much fun re-exploring some of her books, and I eagerly anticipate continuing the series.

Penny has a gift, and I learn so much every time I reread a book. This is the first in the Gamache series - not as polished as others, but I still ❤️ it!

BookishMarginalia I agree! 11mo
Librarybelle #SebastianKitty #Vladimir #Xander #catsoflitsy - #Zeke is out of the frame, but he‘s in the room too! 11mo
Librarybelle @BookishMarginalia ❤️❤️❤️ Three Pines is one of my favorite fictional settings! 11mo
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JamieArc I have been reading them slowly because I don‘t want to catch up and not be able to visit 3 Pines anymore. I‘m not a Re-reader usually, but I have decided that when I do catch up, I‘ll start them again in audio. I‘ve heard the audio is well done. 11mo
Librarybelle @JamieArc I‘ve heard that too! 11mo
janeycanuck Oh, how fun! I keep meaning to get into this series but something else always seems to grab my attention. 11mo
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canbku
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Ready to see what I've been missing!

Crazeedi Enjoy! 12mo
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LMJenkins
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I‘ve been wanting to start this series for a long time, and I‘ve finally acquired the first one!

TrishB A great series 👍🏻 14mo
CarolynM Enjoy🙂 14mo
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bookwormlife
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Nice to meet you Chief Inspector Armand Gamache !

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Writeme
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Pickpick

Loved this audio book! I can see why it might resonate more with older readers, and the dramatic language can go a bit too far at times, but the characters and plait are solid, and I really enjoyed the narrator.

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Kdgordon88
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1. Probably a couple of hours or maybe more if I could make an overnight trip out of it. Louise Penny and Jacqueline Woodson.
2. Yes, Monday.
3. Victoria, BC or Italy or ... can‘t wait to travel again.

#WondrousWednesday. If you haven‘t played consider yourself tagged.

Eggs Thanks for playing 🌞🥰📚 1y
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MittenGirlPeach
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Pickpick

This book was WONDERFUL. I‘ve planned to read the series for awhile, but wanted to start with the first book. My library had it but there were holds, then they couldn‘t find it (mysterious!) and finally I caved & bought it used via Amazon. I practically inhaled it. It‘s literary, kind, unsettling, thoughtful, and intelligent. What a character Gamache is. What a writer Penny is. 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

Our snow is gone! Book crossed off my #BookSpinBingo card.

MittenGirlPeach Also, it‘s DEFINITELY the correct decision to start at the beginning of this series and work through it sequentially. 1y
MittenGirlPeach It was 65 today in Michigan!!! 1y
kspenmoll Keep going- the series gets better and better !!! 1y
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JamieArc I‘m so glad you like the first one! I feel like I see so many who are disappointed after reading the first because it‘s so hyped up, but the beauty in the series is really getting to know the characters and place, book after book ❤️ 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
MittenGirlPeach @JamieArc I had the second one from the library already, so I read it immediately and wasn‘t disappointed at all! I think the trick will be to savor them. (edited) 1y
MittenGirlPeach @kspenmoll I sure will! So looking forward to them all. 1y
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MittenGirlPeach
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My #BookSpinBingo card! #Bookspin is Future of Ice, #Doublespin is Cover Her Face. I‘ve started Still Life and I‘m loving my first Louise Penny. March has sprung!

MittenGirlPeach I realized after I posted the pic that there‘s a typo in my Bibliophile 2021 planner. Look at the March heading! Hmmmmm. I wonder what happened a year ago this month . . . 1y
Kristin_Reads In some ways it feels like we never left March 2020 anyway! 😅 1y
MittenGirlPeach @Kristin_Reads it‘s so true! I didn‘t even notice at first. It‘s been hard to shed 2020! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great, even if your journal is a year behind! 😂 1y
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MittenGirlPeach
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March #Bookspin list! Can‘t wait! @TheAromaofBooks Lots of mysteries, some new historical fiction, and a couple of nonfiction titles that I want to read while it‘s still winter.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Caroline2
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Ohhh 😯 how exciting is this?!?! 👏🤩

Cinfhen Wow!! Interesting 😮 1y
TrishB It‘s amazing 😻 I can‘t wait!! 1y
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GingerAntics Oh, I‘ll give that a go!!! 1y
Caroline2 @TrishB Me too!! 😃 @GingerAntics (edited) 1y
Hestapleton I hope it‘s better than her husband‘s thriller attempt! 1y
Caroline2 @Hestapleton Yes! I‘ve heard that‘s not very good but then I‘m not a Patterson fan. 🤷‍♀️ 1y
Jaimelire Definitely going to read this one👍 1y
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Erika.M.Moody
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Snow days call for piles of quilts and cozy reads.

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allthatjas
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Pickpick

I loved this book. That‘s all I have to say. The subtle poetry, intrinsic metaphors, and overall message of the story was beautiful. Louise Penny is so talented and I‘m so happy I‘ve met Inspector Gamache

tpixie I‘ve been told I really should read these. I saw her talk at The National Book Festival a few years back & she was just lovely ☺️ 1y
tpixie Lol and I love 💕 the color of your neutral fingernail polish 1y
allthatjas Awe, I would definitely agree! It‘s so awesome that you got to hear her speak at the festival! I really did enjoy her style of writing very much and look forward to picking up her next adventure! Thank you so much! 🌸💞 @tpixie (edited) 1y
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tpixie Check out #LitsyTips @LitsyWelcomeWagon @LitsyHappenings follow people who read the same books you like! Few few Littens to follow @Cinfhen @Andrew65 @DebinHawaii 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏Good book. 1y
DebinHawaii @tpixie Thanks to @tpixie for the shoutout. And a belated welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉 1y
allthatjas @DebinHawaii thank you! 🌼🌼🌼 1y
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allthatjas
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snippets of serene silence in the morning are the moments most worth living for

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Erika.M.Moody
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Less than $5 at the local used book store and it‘s never even been opened.

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allthatjas
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I had a rough start to the week...work again tonight. But at this moment I thought to myself “what can I do to calm down and get by?????” I decided nothing would make me happier than a warm coffee and getting some reading done. So here I am. One bite at a time 💛

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allthatjas
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a little behind schedule but about to embark on my second journey of the year..:✨ #newbook #bookworm #myhappyplace

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Cinsarly
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MidnightBookGirl LOL, my grocery cart definitely depends on how motivated I'm feeling at any given time, but this is so true! 1y
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Cinsarly
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Pickpick

Mystery set in a small town in French Canada. Enjoyed both the detectives and the various characters in town who all felt fully realized. The mystery was quite good with enjoyable twists and turns. Several characters were artists and I loved how that played into the story as well as the descriptions of their art.

Nute I really enjoyed this book because of the quirky characters and the quaint setting. I read the first book earlier this year. I am planning to revisit Three Pines with at least one book yearly. 1y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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This was on my tbr for months. When I saw it on a librarian‘s post of Thanksgiving books, I decided it was the perfect time. This book is set in Canada so Thanksgiving is early/mid October rather than November when I celebrate in The States. BUT it is autumn and a well written murder mystery. I enjoyed learning a little more about Canada as well. I plan to read more in this series.

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honeydew_reader
Pickpick

slightly disappointing ending but definitely a smooth read and perfect for a little mystery

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CassieT
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I‘m now rather fond of Inspector Gamache and his band of Sureté investigators. The whole time I was reading this book I heard it in a voice that I couldn‘t quite put my finger on until Inspector Gamache sat on a bench to watch the sunrise. It was Tom Hanks. ? The plot is intriguing, quaint, funny, and surprising. It was a fun mystery that had me chuckling and guessing until the end. I‘ll definitely be reading more of this series!

kspenmoll ❤️ this series 2y
CassieT It‘s so good! ☺️ 2y
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jenniferw88
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Pickpick

Louise can add another fan to her fanbase! I loved this one and didn't get the killer.

Book 25 #murder2020
#Quebec for #readcanada @Book_Fiend_Melissa

5 ⭐

Wanders.In.Stories I LOVE her cast of characters...I feel so familiar (cozy) with them and the crime mystery is top notch!! 2y
PuddleJumper I love this series! It is so well written and the characters are interesting and engaging. 2y
MsMelissa I enjoyed this book, and really need to continue with the series! 2y
CarolynM Such a good series! Glad you enjoyed this one🙂 2y
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport week 26/9/20 @Cinfhen

Finished HHhH & Akata Witch
Continued Stasiland & Pride and Prejudice
Started Still Life & Money for Nothing

Cinfhen You‘re making great progress on getting through the #ReadingEurope2020 challenge ❤️ 2y
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen thanks, but I really don't think I am! Will post an update in a moment. 2y
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BlueBowBooks

Murder mysteries are not usually my cup of tea, but this gentle mystery was a pleasant diversion and a fast read. I didn‘t love the fraught relationship between the established detective and the young rookie detective, still a bit puzzled by it.

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Susanita
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🎃 I barely decorate for Christmas, much less any other season/holiday!
🍎pumpkin spice
📚I‘ve only read four so far...
#thoughtfulthursday

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cajunsyd
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What do you do when a tropical storm is upon you? You read!