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The Brutal Telling
The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him? As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in itlead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.
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Susanita
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1. This one is a little bittersweet due to the outcome of the case…
2. It‘s the only season with its own scent.
3. So autumnal it‘s ridiculous.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Oh that is a gorgeous cover! Thank you for sharing! 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Another great Inspector Gamache mystery set in Three Pines. This one seemed a bit sadder and more personal to the inhabitants of Three Pines, and also with a lengthier back story to the events that took place.

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Librarybelle
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Penny is a masterful storyteller, and in this installment of the Chief Inspector Gamache series, she adds so much darkness to the storyline. This one is a lot heavier than the others thus far in the series. And yet, there are aspects that are achingly beautiful, touching on human imperfections and the turn of a phrase that brings tears to the eyes. So well done.

Mavey Beautiful cover! 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I like how this one came together, and I like the juxtaposition of comfort and threat. It's still strange that there's so much murder in this little town, but I like how Penny and her characters acknowledge this. There's not much else I can say without potentially spoiling things, so I'll leave it at that.

Louise Looking forward to the film series they are going to make of these books. It will be fun to see Louise Penny‘s marvelous characters brought to life on the screen! 4mo
ImperfectCJ @Louise Alfred Molina is an interesting choice for Gamache. I wouldn't have thought of him on my own, but I can see him doing well in the role. I don't have Prime so I'll have to wait until it comes out on DVD and I can get it from my library (if they get a North America version of the DVD...Dublin Murders still isn't available). 4mo
Louise Oh, I‘ll have to look out for Dublin Murders! Hadn‘t heard of that series. You could get a free trial of Prime, perhaps, and have a marathon Gamache weekend! 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Well, well, well. Look what popped up from my holds queue 15 minutes before I need to start cooking dinner. Providential timing!

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canbku
Mehso-so

This is maybe my second favorite after the first. I loved the art and the creepy bits. It ended in a way that I didn't expect and maybe not in a way that was fun for me, bit I liked it very much all the same

ShelleyBooksie One of my favs as well 4mo
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MittenGirlPeach
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Oh, I loved this book. I waited to read it over Labor Day Weekend, when it‘s set, and I‘m so glad I did. And I didn‘t rush through it. These books are meant to be savored. I‘ve seen other reviewers say this is when the series really starts, and I‘m starting to see why. Lyrical and lovely, sad and terrifying, and at times so very, very funny.

The pic is of the moonrise from our campsite at the bottom of our hill a few nights ago.

#BookSpinBingo

wanderinglynn Great photo! Looks like a lovely place to camp. 🏕 4mo
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Librarybelle
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I love returning back to Three Pines and just savor every book. Penny has the magic to slow time, and it just feels like a casual stroll through the world she creates, albeit with murder, but oh well!

This morning, I have a rare opportunity of all four of my boys together with me. Today also marks the 10th Gotcha Anniversary for #Zeke . I cannot believe it was 10 years ago I found him as a tiny kitten in my car engine. Love my reading buddies!

GondorGirl 😻😻😻😻 4mo
Bookzombie 💕🐈‍⬛ 4mo
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BookNAround Such handsome boys. 4mo
kspenmoll In your car engine! Lucky you found him! What a story! 4mo
Sresendez12 Sweeties! 4mo
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CogsOfEncouragement
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The fifth book in this entertaining series. This one is set at Labor Day.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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canbku
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Mooooore Three Pines!

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AutumnRLS
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Completely Unexpected. Excellent as always.

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BookBosomed1
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Mehso-so

While this was not my favorite book in the Detective Gamache series, I still enjoyed it. I appreciated the history interwoven throughout. The author based the book on a real-life Canadian artist, her work on Haida Gwaii, and the people native to those islands. I recommend this series for readers who enjoy both mysteries and cozy small-town plots.

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cajunsyd
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Back to Quebec on this chilly day.

ShelleyBooksie Love this one 13mo
cajunsyd @ShelleyBooksie I have heard that this is one of the best of the series. So far I am loving it!! 13mo
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ATB
Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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Back in Three Pines and in the park getting some vitamin D. Take it away Gamache.

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Bookwormjillk
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My least favorite book from my favorite series is still good. In this one a body is found in the Bistro and Gamache has to treat his friends as suspects. #ReadYourSign #Leo 5th in a series

Clwojick I‘ve heard great things about this author. I‘m going to have to get around to reading these eventually. 2y
ShelleyBooksie It's so funny - this has been my fav one of the series soo far. I found it soo creepy and atmospheric. 2y
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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

I felt let down by the end.

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Rissa1
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Hoping to finish this while my husband and son are in the chiropractors office. #Waitingroomreading has definitely changed.

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Rissa1
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My reading buddy tucked into my arm while I read.

ju.ca.no How cute😍 2y
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Rissa1
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This is how I hope to spend the rest of my night. Reading with relaxing, beach, thunderstorm sounds in the background.

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Julsmarshall
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Great mystery, lots of twists and turns and though I didn‘t love the ending, it was a surprise! I love this series and was happy to be back in Three Pines for 500 pages.

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Julsmarshall
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Reading my new book in my new outdoor chair. Lovely day to be outside!

Texreader Yes it is a gorgeous day here too! 2y
ozma.of.oz Looks like a good day to be outside! 2y
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LeslieO
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Trying to remain calm and relaxed. I was laid off this week. My school cut 14 people. With vague hope to be rehired in September. No more working from home so I have plenty of time to read. Starting in on Three Pines #5. #stayhome #staycalm #unemployed

jmtrivera That's awful, I'm sorry! 💜 2y
JaclynW So sorry.💙 2y
Jas16 I am so sorry 2y
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Lesanne Sorry to hear this! 2y
mrp27 So sorry to hear this. 2y
LeslieO @jmtrivera @Jaclyn @Jas16 @Lesanne @mrp27 Thanks all! Its a very strange feeling. I‘ve been a school librarian there for 28 years. But this is a tough time for all. Hang in there everyone! 2y
youneverarrived Sorry 😔 2y
SqueakyChu Sorry for your situation. I was laid off a few years ago from a very long-term job. I know the strangeness and the sadness of it all. I hope everything works out well for you. It‘s been a rough time now for so many people. 8mo
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Librarybelle
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Another book down, another book to start. Beginning tagged book. Review of The Little Prince will be posted later. #StayHome24in48 #24in48

SauerPatch Not sure if that‘s my type of book or not, but THAT COVER! 😍🍁 2y
ferskner This is my favorite book in the series! 2y
ferskner Oh wait, it might be the next one...whichever one solves the mystery! 2y
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Librarybelle @ferskner I think it‘s the next one in the series....I‘m rereading this one (I listened to it super speed on audio last time) so I can dive into Bury Your Dead. 2y
ferskner Yeah yeah that one! 2y
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caitskye
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I feel like this book is where the series really starts picking up! I still don't think Louise Penny is the best mystery writer out there (although I don't read much mystery, admittedly), I'm sticking around because I love her characters and Three Pines.

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Susanita
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Notwithstanding the fact that I was reading the tagged book on my Kindle at 3 AM recently, one of my goals for #BFCr4 is to turn off all screens one hour before bed.

Also:
-55K steps/week
-10 books completed

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 2y
wanderinglynn How did week 1 go? Let us know how we can best support you. 💜 Plus, every check-in is one entry into the final prize drawing. 😉 2y
Susanita @wanderinglynn I laid down for “a few minutes” and ended up sleeping all afternoon! Now I‘m catching up with myself. 2y
wanderinglynn That happens to me every time I lay down “for a few minutes“! 😂 2y
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Susanita
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In keeping with my plan to read these in the season in which they‘re set, I should have read this about a month ago. But it wasn‘t available then! I‘m ignoring everything else on my #OctoberTBR so I can return it early for the next patron in line and while we‘re still kinda sorta in that summer-to-fall transition time. I‘m just a few chapters in, and already I want to punch Beauvoir in the face. Again. Does he eventually get nicer? #fallisbooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You can do it!! 🙌🏻🧡 2y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🖤 2y
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ShelleyBooksie
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I am enjoying this series so much! The town of Three Pines and its inhabitants are so interesting! I enjoy the mix of "whodunit" along with tidbits of history, poetry and even cooking. I cannot wait to read the next book!

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ShelleyBooksie
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@TheSpineView
1. The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. Read with zero expectations - one of my fav books ever.
2. The Little House on the Prarie series.

TheSpineView I loved The Little House on the Prairie series! 🧡📖🧡 2y
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mom2bugnbee
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Wow.

Until this book, I'd been reading this series strictly for the mystery. And there's plenty of that here. But what I didn't expect was all of the hidden meanings & discussions that could come from this book. Very rarely do I want to re-read a book immediately after finishing it to catch all of the nuances. That's exactly what I want to do now.

A rare ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read a book during the season it is set in - #pop19

LauraBeth I love Louise Penny! 2y
mom2bugnbee A book recommended by someone with great taste (Anne Bogel) - #mmdchallenge 2y
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rebbyj
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sigh. so good.

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Mshookquilts
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Wow! It is the telling of the story even more than the solving of the puzzle that draws you in and holds you in it‘s grip. I fought the answer all the way through. And, I‘m not saying more lest I ruin even one morsel for you.

TrishB I fought the answer and then still hated it! 2y
Mshookquilts @TrishB Right!?! But, still, it was a fantastic read. I told my husband he‘d love it but, that at each red herring, he‘d be saying “please let it be true.” 2y
TrishB It‘s a great series 👍🏻 2y
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Mshookquilts

‘“Do you have a gun?” Beauvoir whispered as they ran, crouched, to the corner of the house. Gamache shook his head. Really, thought Beauvoir. There were times he just felt like shooting the Chief himself. ‘

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Jaimelire
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Cuddles with my youngest as I finish this amazing book. I think it was my favourite so far (#5 of Inspector Gamache books). The ending just tore me up and I am still trying to figure out if I really believe what happened. Anyone who loves mystery novels should read this series. It‘s right up there with Agatha Christie. And being Canadian, I really appreciate the beautiful descriptions of my country. 5/5 ⭐️

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Mshookquilts
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“‘Are they close?” His back tingled as he imagined something dreadful creeping through the woods. Toward them. “....So glad to be reading another of Louise Penny‘s books. She has such a way with words, great word pictures.

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Louise
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Another solid addition to this series. There is a lot of sadness in this one. It looks at the ways people deceive one another and even themselves. What will people do to run from the past, to avoid discovery, to feed a craving, to escape the consequences of ill-made choices? Apparently, quite a lot. #audiobook

Jaimelire I am reading this right now. 3y
Louise @Jaimelire It‘s quite a web of a story, isn‘t it! I was surprised and saddened when I learned who the killer was. Come to think of it, so was Chief Inspector Gamache! 3y
Jaimelire @Louise I just started. Can‘t wait to dig in tonight. 3y
Louise @Jaimelire Enjoy the ride! 📚🤓 3y
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Jaimelire
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Book #3 in the last two days. This is why I love teaching, summers off to read (compulsively).🍷

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HollyBahling
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My reading time is my me time. However, recently I have found myself in the company of Gamache A LOT. I can‘t get enough of this series! This book was heartbreaking for me in so many ways. The ending had me begging for another way. I‘m excited to see what happens next!

TrishB I hated this ending too! 3y
Crazeedi These books are great! Waiting for the newest one! 3y
HollyBahling @TrishB It was torture! Although I love that Penny isn‘t afraid to make a loved character an antagonist. She takes risks and it pays off! 3y
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HollyBahling @Crazeedi I‘m so glad there are so many of them! It‘s so hard choosing what books to read next but when you find a series you love it is so easy! I‘ll have weeks of easy decisions! 3y
Crazeedi @HollyBahling that's the great thing about series 3y
HollyBahling @Crazeedi Absolutely! And I love nothing more than falling in love with characters. Penny achieves that each and every book! I fall deeper and deeper in love the characters. Their happiness, their flaws and their downfalls. Each book is a development I wouldn‘t expect and it‘s fascinating! 3y
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stacybmartin
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I‘m so happy we are back in Three Pines for my most recent audio in this series. No spoilers, but liars are the absolute WORST. It was getting pretty annoying with the repetitive lying.

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TrishB
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Next one in the Louise Penny series was great 👍🏻 although were we convinced by the ending 🤔
The other book is a funny, buzzfeed style read of some great women in history.

CarolynM I felt a bit like that, in fact I was quite annoyed with Louise Penny when I finished it. I forgave her when I read the next one, though.🙂 3y
Caroline2 It‘s a good boook but it made me sad. Poor Olivier. 😔 I think the best book in the whole series is next tho...bury your dead!!!! 😯 3y
TrishB @CarolynM @Caroline2 I have all@if them ready so will look forward to it! 3y
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JulAnna
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Catching up from not posting for a while. . . .

If you have ever heard that the Three Pines books get better as the series progresses you have heard correct information! That has definitely been my experience 🤓 this was a great installment!

Crazeedi Yep! And excellent series!! 3y
Caroline2 Yep! Defo gets better but I find after book 6 it really peaks and troughs with some awesome books and some really rubbish Books too. 😲 3y
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Denisereads75
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This is the 5th Louise Penny book I have read in her Gamache series. I pushed through because I was told they get better and this is in fact true. I loved the murder mystery in book 5 and I am glad Penny was not afraid to accuse a well known character of murder. I love how each book is starting to focus on one of the beloved side characters providing us with their back story. I look forward to continuing the series.

JulAnna I am reading this now and it is SO GOOD! 😊 3y
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Susanita
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When I hear #wonderwall I think of Charlie Pace. 😢

#anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️ 3y
Mdargusch 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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Librarybelle
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One of my favorite literary #heroes is Armand Gamache. He had a quiet yet forceful way of looking at circumstances. If I were in trouble, I‘d definitely want him to be on the rescue team! This is book 5 in the Three Pines series...have to start this soon for my mystery book discussion! #MarchIntoThe70s

Cinfhen Still have not gone done the Louise Penny series rabbit hole!!! I‘m afraid I‘ll get swallowed up real fast. 3y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen oh you will!😉 I've read them all! 3y
JulAnna This is next up in the series for me too! I just bought it a few weeks ago 🤓 3y
Lizpixie Love Three Pines❤️ 3y
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Jeannineth
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I didn‘t realize this was book 5 in a series. I usually like to read them in order but I think I might give it try anyway. Anybody like this series?

lahousewyfe Love Louise Penny and Three Pines! Makes me want to move to Quebec. I mean, except for the murdery parts.... 3y
Jeannineth Glad to hear! I don‘t mind a few dead bodies here or there , as long as, there is a good plot. 3y
MallenNC I love this series. I'm not sure how it is if it's not read in order, bc there are recurring characters and continuing storylines. 3y
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Pamwurtzler I love it too and started reading it with book 6. That‘s where they really get good, but still you should circle back to book 1- 3y
Karkar @Pamwurtzler so since I did not like book one would you suggest I jump to book 6? 3y
Crazeedi @Jeannineth this series is so very worth reading. I started from the beginning so I'm not able to say how it will read. I can say the characters in the series were well done 3y
JamieArc There‘s so much character development/growth through plot lines, and at some point, there starts to be a plot line that develops throughout the series, so I have a hard time imagining not reading them in order if you want the full enjoyment... 3y
Pamwurtzler @Karkar Try book 6 & see what you think. I love these but can totally see that they might not be for you. 3y
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Julsmarshall
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Found one from the Tana French series and one from the Louise Penny series at Half Price Books. And sold a bunch of books and games to clear out my house 😄 Score!

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Velvetsun
Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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10 books - not bad considering it got off to a slow start.

My favorite read of the month is the tagged book.

Least favorite was The Immortalists. Pretty much hated that one. 😆

Cinfhen I really really liked The Immortalists 😲 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some great reads! 📚💕 3y
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Velvetsun
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Well, that was dark and depressing.
But still the best book in the series so far.

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