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The Madness of Crowds
The Madness of Crowds: A Novel | Louise Penny
50 posts | 38 read | 19 to read
Coming off her seventh #1 New York Times bestseller, this new book is the seventeenth in her Inspector Gamache series.
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rabbitprincess
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This is a post-pandemic novel that I was able to cope with despite our still being in a pandemic. There is enough levity from the Three Pines gang and a non-pandemic-related strand of plot to balance out the dissonance of a life after Covid.

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Louise
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Mehso-so

I‘m a fan of this series, and it‘s always fun to revisit the characters in Three Pines; but this book felt weighed down in sections. It was more ponderous and less exciting. #audio

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cajunsyd
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Excited to start this one, the last Gamache book in the series so far. Does anyone have any similar series to recommend? I will be having withdrawals after I finish! 😩

Susanita Anne Bogel to the rescue! Besides the podcast, I think there‘s an earlier blog post if you look around on the website. https://modernmrsdarcy.com/323-episode/ 3mo
LikelyLibrarian I like the Ruth Galloway Series by Elly Griffiths. 3mo
cajunsyd @Susanita ooh, I hadn‘t seen this episode. I have listened to that podcast but it‘s been a few months! Thanks! 3mo
cajunsyd @LikelyLibrarian thanks, I will check that one out! 3mo
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SoapboxEdits
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Mehso-so

Well, I enjoyed the mystery, but was not very surprised at the end. This was my first title by Penny. I felt there were a few things missing within the mystery itself and it felt like a game of Clue, lots of speculation and no hard facts. There was a TON of head-hopping that got me confused from time to time. It also kept the characters at a distance for me, that prevented me from caring about them and their motivations.

SoapboxEdits Anyone else have trouble with head-hopping? Have you noticed it happening more often in new releases? 4mo
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SoapboxEdits
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I‘m hoping this lives up to the hype and the flap copy. So far I‘m a little confused as to who is who and how they‘re related, but it should clear up soon. And what a beautiful cover!

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TrishB
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I thought this was the strongest for a while. Ethical dilemma at the centre, mystery killing and the pandemic. Written against the euphoria that we have a vaccine and all is back to normal. If only it were that simple.

batsy Nice review. (And hello, Sansa! 😍) 6mo
Cathythoughts Hello Sansa ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Cathythoughts And yes , nice review 👍 6mo
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kspenmoll Fantastic book, and all too real. Nice review 6mo
TrishB @batsy @Cathythoughts Sansa says hi 👋 6mo
TrishB @kspenmoll definitely 👍🏻 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome photo. Our doggos are almost twinsies! 6mo
LeahBergen The holidays have exhausted Sansa. 😆 6mo
Caroline2 Such a cozy doggie!!! 🥰 6mo
TrishB @ShelleyBooksie ah that‘s cool ❤️ 6mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @Caroline2 she‘s had a chilled day ❤️ 6mo
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Christyco125
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Louise Penny hits another one out of the park. I love the dynamics of the characters and how they interact with one another in this series. It‘s also great they flash back to give you glimpses of how these relationships developed. #audio #christyread #series

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kwmg40
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Pickpick

This Inspector Gamache mystery had a bit of a slow start but it was so nice to return to Three Pines!

I finished the #20in4 with only 9.5 hours of reading time but I did finally get a #BookSpinBingo!
@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 7mo
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Amazing as always!

JamieArc I love the juxtaposition of the title (crowds) and the photo (no people). 7mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! What @JamieArc said 😁 7mo
Jen2 Ha! Thanks!!! 7mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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Enjoying this so far! This book takes place during the Winter holidays but I am not ready to let Fall go 🍁

OriginalCyn620 Gorgeous photo! 🍁 8mo
Wife So pretty 😍 8mo
kspenmoll Beautiful! 8mo
Howseldomtheydo @OriginalCyn620 @Wife @kspenmoll Thanks, we‘ve had a good stretch of weather for getting in a few more Fall hikes. 8mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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Not looking good #goodreadschallenge time to get off Litsy and start reading 😂 #2021readingchallenge #goodreads

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Readswithcoffee
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Pickpick

Very interesting premise. Excellent narrator. If you like this series, I think you will be pleased with this book.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders

Penny is always so adept at the titles used for her books. Already “the madness of crowds” is strongly and intensely conveyed.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Too soon to read a book about the pandemic when we‘re still very much in it? Perhaps. Louise Penny does have such a brilliant way with her succinct words though. How true is all of this?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Why is the image black? Sigh. 8mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders So I tried to draw attention to the words I wanted but it made everything black. 🙄 so here‘s the full page. 8mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Forgot to review this one after I read it! It was strange to read about life after the pandemic that we are currently living through (though it wasn't mentioned by name), but it was fantastic, as always. And what a cover!

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Booknerd2
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Pickpick

Another winner from Louise Penny!!! I‘m so glad everyone is back in Three Pines!!! 💜💜💜

kspenmoll This was soooo good. Love your background! 9mo
Booknerd2 @kspenmoll Thank you! I thought it had a “madness” of color. 😬 9mo
Andrew65 Loved this. 9mo
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AvidReader25
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I‘m in the middle of a few big books right now and so this was definitely a light reading month for me! Starting Bible Study Fellowship also became a big time commitment. Regardless, I got to dive into a new Louise Penny and that was a treat.

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Susanita
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My reading went way down in September. In my defense, I spent MANY hours in knee treatment and recovery, and that‘s much better now.

Anyway, I did at least accomplish one of my 2021 reading goals by getting completely caught up with Louise Penny. I wasn‘t crazy about the latest. The post-pandemic timeline was confusing, and an extra character seemed a bit out of place. Still love Gamache though!

#seriesread2021
#wrapup

EvieBee Hope your therapy is helping. 💙💙 9mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Just started the newest Louise Penny. Here's the first page. This is my first time reading a book that references COVID. What new books have you read that have done the same? I'm sure this will be par for the course soon, just like 9/11 is.

LiteraryinLawrence Wow, that‘s jarring. I wonder if she wrote about a post-Covid current day back when we didn‘t know about Delta. 9mo
mom2bugnbee @LiteraryinLawrence Wouldn't surprise me, because this continued for the entire chapter - talking about how life (in a very small town in Quebec) had gotten back to normal after the vaccine became available. It was very surreal to read. 9mo
mom2bugnbee @Bookwormjillk That's on my list! I still haven't read The River (it's on my Kindle), but plan to read both. 9mo
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Susanita
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Something happens on New Years Eve, and the kids at the #bonfire are oblivious…at least for a little while. #falltreasures

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🔥 🙌🏻📚 9mo
Eggs So excited to read this one 🤗🤗 9mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Do you know what the first book in this series is called? 9mo
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Preciouz29
Pickpick

A bit slow at the start, but great finish. Very thought provoking!

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kspenmoll
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#weeklyreport
Finished Louise Penny‘s wonderful wonderful book! #audio
Almost finished Sophie‘s World, just a few chapters of Eloquence. The other two I did not touch. Slow reading week.

Cinfhen I‘d say it was still a good week 😁 9mo
Sapphire I loved Sophie‘s world 9mo
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Floresj
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Mehso-so

I haven‘t read any of the previous series. For me, while I liked a lot of Penny‘s style, I felt the plot forced and more drawn out than it needed to be. I liked the moral questions posed, but it felt as though it was “shocking” or an attempt to create an illusion of complication in the mystery. Just ok, but still enjoyable.

Tamra I thinks it‘s a series that is really character & place centered. 9mo
JamieArc I love this series, but don‘t think I would ever recommend it to anyone for its “mystery” value. Definitely more for the characters and place, as said above. 9mo
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforecast
Just started reading EOTD, hope to read at least 4 chapters. #
Listening to TMOC; on ch 4. #Gamache #ThreePines ABWHOUS -1ch #studentbuddyread
AAL- one ch. #nonfiction
SW- 2ch. #sophiesworld #philosophy

Cinfhen I love the cover for the Penny ~ is it good?? Is it a stand alone??? 9mo
Cinfhen I just read the blurb…. #17 in a series 😝 9mo
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OutAndAbout
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Finally got to finish this audiobook. As always, I live traveling to Three Pines to visit the whole gang. I got a little lost in the middle of this but Armand is always good about tying it all together in the end.

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AvidReader25
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A new Three Pines mystery! I loved that Penny embraced writing in a world where a pandemic is part of the conversation. I thought it might be exhausting to read that, but it was oddly cathartic to see the way we were all united in the shared experience.

The plot meandered a bit in the end, but I didn‘t for one second wish the philosophical book had ended sooner. I read it as slowly as I could because I never get tired of Gamache and his crew.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover!! 10mo
AvidReader25 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so gorgeous! 10mo
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CarolynM
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While Three Pines and its inhabitants were as warmly welcoming as always, I'm really not so sure about this story. I can't quite put my finger on what bothered me about it, it just all felt a little off somehow. Still a pick, but with intangible reservations.

Amiable I‘m still making my way through it — I got distracted by another book first. 😬 10mo
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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Never a disappointment.

CoverToCoverGirl I need to read this series… sigh… someday. 10mo
Shemac77 I highly recommend it! @CoverToCoverGirl 10mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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I put the book down and #LexieCat came to check it out. #CatsOfLitsy

LeahBergen What does the rest of the kitty crew think of her?? 😊 10mo
TiredLibrarian What a lovely kitty! 😻💕 10mo
DinoMom Those ears 😍😍😍 10mo
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WanderingBookaneer @LeahBergen : #BonBonCat hisses at the mere sound of her. #TrickyCat and #DavidCat have gotten some bedroom time with her while she was in her play pen. She still hasn‘t been let out of our bedroom. I‘ll update you in a couple of weeks. 10mo
Kappadeemom Her ears ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Leftcoastzen She‘s adorable! Good to see you know the drill , slow introductions. That kitty is gonna be seeing lots of books, she better get used to it.😻😂 10mo
WanderingBookaneer @Leftcoastzen : I used to foster and we have five cats. I am, indeed, familiar with the drill. 😹 📚😹 10mo
DivineDiana Adorable! 😻 10mo
KathyWheeler What an adorable kitty! 10mo
LeahBergen Oh, BonBon! 🤣 10mo
Gissy ☺️😻 10mo
kspenmoll I got my copy; cannot wait to start reading! Bonbon is the best! (edited) 10mo
Bookzombie So dang cute! 10mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Was about to bail on this one (150+ pages in) but now there‘s been a murder and my interest is rekindled.

kspenmoll Glad to hear it-usually I love her books. 10mo
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Amiable
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Lunch break on the back patio at work. I don‘t want to go back inside. The book is too good. 😬😀

Bookwormjillk So good 10mo
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CarolynM
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Outside with my book for #AustralianReadingHour

LeahBergen It looks like lovely weather! 10mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen It's sunny but a bit on the cool side - maximum of 16C (don't laugh). 10mo
Ruthiella 16C is on the cool side where I live too! 😆 It was 36-37 today. 🥵 10mo
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TrishB 16-18 is perfect 😁 10mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 It‘s been around that temperature here, too, and starting to feel quite autumnal. 10mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Reading hour, you say! Looks lovely and green! ☺️ 10mo
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Mshookquilts
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As always, a fantastic read. I wasn‘t sure I‘d be able to read this post pandemic story, as it deals with the madness from the pandemic, but it was handled gracefully. Well done, Louise Penny and well done Gamache & crew! Oh….and my favorite line….the last one in her acknowledgement….always read acknowledgements & author‘s notes!

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Susanita
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This morning while I was eating breakfast, I saw a familiar swirl of colors on the TV screen. It was a commercial for the tagged book! I was astonished!

This afternoon Libby did her thing again, and the book is available weeks before I was expecting it! So I guess I can‘t procrastinate any longer to read All the Devils Are Here, no matter what other books I‘m stringing along half read.

#SuperSeptember
Get well soon @Andrew65 !

Bookwormjillk A commercial for a book? Cool! 10mo
EadieB @Susanita Thanks for participating! Hope you enjoy your books. I am reading these 2 books this month too! 10mo
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Amiable
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You guys! I went into the library to pick up the book I‘ve had on hold for a month (The Burning Blue) and the latest Louise Penny novel was sitting on the “new books” shelf—obviously just waiting for me to snag it! I grabbed that sucker so fast … I can‘t believe there isn‘t a huge wait list for it. Today‘s my lucky day!

Bookwormjillk Nice! 10mo
suvata Lucky 🍀 you! 10mo
Tamra Yay!!! 10mo
CarolynM I'm just about to start it🙂 10mo
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Shemac77
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Can‘t wait to be back in Three Pines

Nute I can‘t wait to revisit Three Pines. I‘m still at the beginning of this series, but I think about the characters often.🙂 9mo
Shemac77 @Nute I wish I was reading for the first time! It‘s such a wonderful series. Happy reading! 9mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

Another good one from Louise Penny. Set in a post pandemic world someone is using lessons and statistics from the pandemic to forward evil ideas, and Canada is starting to listen. 🌲🌲🌲

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Suelizbeth
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Pickpick

A post-pandemic novel that I‘m not sure I was ready for, as we are not yet post-pandemic. I was getting quite irritated toward the end of this book because it felt like we would NEVER find out what happened. It just spun and spun and spun and spun and spun. It was a dissatisfying conclusion, but I did like being back in Three Pines. The village and its inhabitants performed its healing magic on those who needed it most. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Loving the explosion of colour on these covers! My 3 recent book purchases. In time for cozy Fall nights which are almost upon us! The best time of the year.

Lindy Looking forward to your thoughts on Zoe Whittall‘s latest. It grew on me after I had finished reading it. 10mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I had it from the library, but it was such a short loan that I just bought it. $20 at Indigo. 10mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Almost missed my transfer point I‘m so into this book.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Be still my sapiosexual heart!

CarolynM 😂 That's how I identify too. 10mo
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mklong
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Friends, it has been a LONG week! I have earned some Louise Penny, butter tarts, and wine. Hope everyone else is enjoying Friday as much as I am!

Andrew65 Just finished this one last night, I really enjoyed it. 10mo
vivastory It's definitely been a week! Enjoy🍷📚 10mo
mklong @Andrew65 I‘m loving it so far, but I knew I would. Penny is one of my most reliable favorites. I went to a virtual event with her last week and she says she hasn‘t started a new one yet and probably won‘t until next spring 😫 10mo
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mklong Thanks @vivastory! Pretty sure that batch of butter tarts will be my dinner 😂 10mo
kspenmoll What a treat! I got my copy. The cover is gorgeous! 10mo
batsy That looks like a splendid time! 10mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Look what came today! 🌲🌲🌲

MallenNC I‘m hoping to get my copy this weekend 10mo
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Susanita
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1. Four or five?
2. 100
3. Louise Penny, Tana French, Laura Lippman
4. Going out to dinner tonight with my sister
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs I concur on # 3!! Thanks for playing 📖🥳👏🏻 10mo
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Kimzey
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Woo Hoo! My pre-order is now available. Can‘t wait!

Tamra 😍 10mo
kspenmoll I got the book but now I am thinking listening might be the way to go. 10mo
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Andrew65
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Next book up, the latest book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series (book 17!). This is published on Tuesday.

Tamra I didn‘t know there was a newer book out - I thought the one I am currently listening to was the most recent. Yay, I have another to look forward to!! 10mo
Andrew65 @Tamra Good news for you. 😊 10mo
Bookwormjillk Can‘t wait for this one! 10mo
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mklong
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No Hilary Clinton this year, but I‘m still excited for this virtual event to launch Louise Penny‘s latest! You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/louise-penny-presents-the-madness-of-crowds-with-do...

You do have to buy the book from them to get access to the event, but who wouldn‘t want that gorgeous cover on her shelf?

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OutAndAbout
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So excited about the new Armand book! My library just listed on Libby so I was able to put a hold on the audiobook before it‘s even out! 6 month wait ☹️but it‘s on the list!

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BookishMarginalia
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So excited for the 17th installment of the #InspectorGamache #ThreePines #mystery series by the fabulous #LouisePenny! Less than a month til release! #SavethePubDate #Aug2021

Bookwormjillk Love her! 11mo
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Susanita
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Eggs Brilliant 💙💚❤️🖤! Stacked 12mo
MayJasper Wow 12mo
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