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The Nature of the Beast
The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sret du Qubec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
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Jaimelire
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Another wonderful Gamache novel. Interesting author‘s note at the end. I slowly savour this series of books because I never want to be done.

kspenmoll I totally understand! 1mo
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Librarybelle
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I seriously don‘t know how Penny can construct storylines with so many layers! Riveting story, though a tad darker than some of the previous entries in the series. On to the next…

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ATB
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Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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canbku
Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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Mehso-so

Really not a fan. I don't read Louise Penny to hear gruesome things. Way less cozy than usual. It's also just tough to understand Gamache's role now that he's retired.

AvidReader25 This wasn‘t one of my favorites of the series, but if gets better! 10mo
canbku @AvidReader25 the series does? That's reassuring. I was a bit worried 10mo
JamieArc I read this one a few months ago and it was probably my least favorite as well. 10mo
AvidReader25 @canbku Yes! I think this is #12 and I‘ve read the 6 that followed and they are all better. This was probably my least favorite. 10mo
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canbku
Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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Back to Gamache and Three Pines

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JamieArc
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Mehso-so

3.5 stars. Not my favorite of the series. Pulling together all the pieces felt forced. I appreciate how Penny brings in parts of history I would never have known about, and I liked seeing another side of Ruth. I will always love returning to 3 Pines, and just have to accept that not every trip can be my favorite 😊
Forgot to add: November #Bookspin complete!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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corireadslife
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Louise Penny does it again. The Nature of the Beast ranks high up there as one of my favorites in the series. Excited to keep reading! 📖🤓

#louisepenny #threepines #armandgamache #bookreview

JamieArc This is my next 3 Pines visit 😊 13mo
corireadslife @JamieArc Enjoy! It is a wild ride for sure and so good ☺️ 13mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

After a strong start (Penny made me cry again), the story doesn't hold together well. There are so many moving parts and intersecting storylines that even the investigators get confused about what they're investigating. It doesn't feel organic to me but more like Penny is checking boxes. Maybe I wouldn't have been so disappointed with the second half if the beginning weren't so strong.

ImperfectCJ Theme read, 7 hrs, 3 readathons = 225 pts for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #screamathon #LittenListen #bookspinbingo 14mo
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ImperfectCJ
Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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I've barely started this one and there's already an unpleasant twist... narrator Ralph Cosham died in 2014, between the previous book and this one. I'm sure Robert Bathurst will do a lovely job, but it's hard to imagine Gamache and the people of Three Pines voiced by anyone but Ralph Cosham. I know this is old news to anyone who was familiar with the series as it came out on audio, but it's something of a shock to me as someone new to the series.

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TiredLibrarian
Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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(Poetry by Three Pines resident Ruth Bardo)

Love the setting, the beautiful writing, and the character development (within each book, but even more so over the course of the series). I thought a main plot element was kind of ridiculous, until I read the afterward and found out it was true!

#mystery #ThreePines #viveGamache

CarolynM Crazy isn't it? I wish she'd put the author's note about it at the beginning. 1y
BookBosomed1 What number is this in the series? 1y
BookBosomed1 @TiredLibrarian Thanks! Not there yet. Love the series. 1y
TiredLibrarian @CarolynM I wish! I was thinking "yeah, right" ? for a good portion of the book. 1y
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TiredLibrarian
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Starting this one after a long break from the Three Pines series. I remember why I love them so much; it's like revisiting a quirky but loving family. 🌲🌲🌲 I was going to finish When Breath Becomes Air, but I can't bring myself to do it right now. #mystery #ThreePines #ViveGamache

Trashcanman Is that a photo of you? 1y
TiredLibrarian @Trashcanman I wish! The hair is close but she has cooler shades 🕶 1y
JamieArc I‘ve had a long break and Nature of the Beast is my next one as well. Always love coming “home” to 3 Pines. 1y
CoffeeNBooks I just started The Brutal Telling because I missed Inspector Gamache and Three Pines! 🌲🌲🌲 1y
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AutumnRLS
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I know I'm late to the news, but man am I sad about the death of the original narrator. The new one is good, but it took me almost four hours of listening to settle in. Great book, but a little spooked about the John Flemming character.

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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

1. The thought of a week off at the beginning of September!
2. Labor Day
3. Been meaning to read this one for years, and I'm hearing how great the most recent Three Pines book is, so I have to catch up 🌲🌲🌲😍

MoonWitch94 Ohhhhh perfect time to be off! Enjoy! Thanks for playing 🌻📖🍁 1y
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HollyBahling
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I‘m starting to realize that per capita, Three Pines probably has the highest murder rate in the country. But, I mean… they find a warhead in the woods? Honestly it took me a long time to get through this one. I definitely didn‘t enjoy it like I did the others in the series. It didn‘t feel like it fit in with the other books and threw me through a loop.

Ruthiella Three Pines vs Cabot Cove (Murder She Wrote) vs Midsomer (Midsomer Murders)! I wonder which has the higher rate? 🤪🤔 1y
TrishB This was probably my least favourite too. 1y
CarolynM Agreed. I wish the author's note about the real thing had been at the beginning of the book. The whole time I was reading I was thinking "how can anyone believe this?" which kind of spoilt it for me. 1y
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cajunsyd
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“Running, running, stumbling, running.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Singout
Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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I have to say that while I‘ve been loving this series, I‘m pretty disappointed in this one. I think it‘s the lack of the in-depth character and relationships that emerges in the other ones, and the international spy element feels over-the-top. It also drove me bonkers that the new (English) audiobook reader pronounces CSIS “see-ess-eye-ess” every time, when every Canadian I know says “see-sis.” Sad that reader Ralph Cosham died.

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HollyBahling
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After taking a break I am back at it with the Inspector Gamanche series! I am so sad though that the iconic voice of the inspector Ralph Cosham passed away. I specifically listen to this series as opposed to read because of him. I hope that Robert Bathurst can live up to standards set before him. 🤞

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ShelleyBooksie
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Anyone else going through litsyswap withdrawal?

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rebbyj
Nature of the Beast | Louise Penny
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Amazing!!!

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Susanita
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A boy who cries wolf claims to find something incredible in the woods, and the next day he‘s found dead. I was a little skeptical about this one at times, but she brought it home with a Mordor reference and Jean-Guy finally getting a little more fleshed out as a character. Based in part on some rather alarming real life events. Anyone who wants to call this a cozy series will change their mind after this installment. #seriesread2021

Susanita I put the next book on hold. It‘s supposed to be available in ten days, so it‘ll probably be ready tomorrow! 2y
TheSpineView 👍📖📕 2y
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Susanita
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Thanks for the tag! @EadieB

1. Jean-Guy Beauvoir from the Gamache series. He‘s not really a bad person, but he‘s super annoying!
2. I guess I can put up with a middling plot if I can relate to the characters. (Once again looking at you, Louise Penny.)
And now a mini rant: I put the tagged ebook on hold Sunday, expecting to get it in about three weeks when I‘d be ready to read it. I got a notice this morning that it was available! ⬇️
#two4tuesday

Susanita So am I going to check it out and read it right away? Of course! Well, after Just Mercy at any rate. 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊📖📚 2y
EadieB @TheSpineView You're welcome! Just Mercy is very good! Love Gamache too 2y
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Susanita
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Thanks for the tag!
1. My parents were both readers, and my siblings are readers.
2. We swap them as gifts, not loans. 😆

My brother lives in Canada. He tried to tell my sister and me about Louise Penny, but we already knew!

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2y
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Caroline2
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Well that was bonkers?! A missile launcher found in the woods? War criminals? It just didn‘t work when mixed in with Three Pines. Louise Penny needs to stick to her usual Scooby-Doo style, small town whodunnits.

CarolynM Yet the afterword says the missile launcher is real??? I wished she'd told me that first because I spent a lot of the book thinking "how can you expect me to believe this?" 2y
Caroline2 @CarolynM Yes!! I was shocked when I read that bit too. I think she should have written a separate novel if she wanted to write about that. Trying to shoehorn it into Three Pines just didn‘t work for me. 2y
TrishB Yeah it was bonkers, but true!! 2y
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Caroline2
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I haven‘t read any Louise Penny for ages but after seeing @TrishB post I was really in the mood for some Three Pines. Then I thought I need pastries too!! 😆 let‘s do this!! ☕️ 🥐

TrishB Enjoy, lovely pic 👍🏻 this is a weird one! 2y
squirrelbrain Mmmm pastries! 🥮 2y
rabbitprincess I can‘t read Louise Penny books on an empty stomach 😂😂 2y
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Caroline2 @TrishB Yes I‘ve heard this is a bit naff which is why I‘ve been putting it off. But now I‘m thinking I need to just power through so I can continue with the series. 😆 2y
Caroline2 @rabbitprincess exactly!!! 😉 👍 2y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain so naughty but sooo yummy and fresh from the oven! 😋 2y
squirrelbrain Gah! Definitely too naughty for me at the moment, as they look VERY buttery! 😘 2y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain oh yeah, mega buttery! I‘d prob need to run a marathon, swimming 50 miles and then cycle home just to burn off one of these bad boys!!! 😆 2y
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Jerdencon
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Tagged - so far 😀
But I love this series and book # 11 seems to fit well in the series and enjoying it!
#talkaboutittuesday @BayouGirl85

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Jerdencon
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I had taken this out of the library before everything shut down - not sure when they will reopen or when I will return it but finally picked it up and feels like settling in with old friends. Just what I needed!

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Bookwormjillk
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I‘m all caught up with this series, but enjoy re-reading them. In this one we find Gamache retired and living in Three Pines, but of course murder comes to find him. There‘s a lot going on in this book, but Penny ties it all together masterfully. This was my April #bookspin book.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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Bookwormjillk
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This morning‘s book and breakfast- working on my #bookspin book and updating my quote journal.

A local commercial bakery is offering bread for pick up to replace lost income and wow, I don‘t know if I can go back to store bought bread after this.

Jess_Read_This That bread does look absolutely wonderful! 3y
mrp27 The bread looks delish! 3y
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TrishB
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I thought the central part of the plot was very far fetched and then get to the end and it‘s based on true events! That showed me then (I looked at your review @CarolynM and see you thought the same!).
Otherwise glad to be back with one of my comfort read series.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 3y
CarolynM Yeah. I'm still not sure I believe it, it's such a crazy idea. 3y
Caroline2 I need to read this one next. Interesting that you think it‘s far fetched but it‘s based on a true story!?! Weird!!! 3y
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TrishB @CarolynM it definitely is! 3y
TrishB @Caroline2 I think you said your Mum couldn‘t finish? Knowing it‘s based on a true story may have helped! 3y
Caroline2 I so need to read this now!! 😆 3y
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TrishB
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Started My Name is Monster this morning, will finish today. Just two off the pile for the rest of the week for now! Work 😕
#weeklyforecast

Cathythoughts I hope work is better 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! You‘re diving right into Britt Marie 🤞🏽🤞🏽stick with it until chapter 10 😉 3y
Cinfhen And yes, hope work is calmer this week 😘 3y
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Crazeedi Love Gamache!!❤ 3y
kspenmoll Love Louise Penny! 3y
TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 🤞🏻🤞🏻 for a better week! I‘ve noted the chapter 10 hint 😘 3y
TrishB @Crazeedi @kspenmoll me too ♥️ 3y
Crazeedi @TrishB I'm listening to her latest, so far so good! 3y
Crazeedi @kspenmoll have you read her newest? 3y
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Laura317
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It took me a MONTH to finish this book - couldn‘t concentrate long enough to read! But it was worth reading. I enjoyed visiting my friends in Three Pines and learning a little more about a couple of residents. The story is slightly based on true events. I was fascinated.

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Laura317
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I had some blood vessels in my nose cauterized today. My nose is a hot mess at the moment. Stupid side effect from chemo. So, as a treat to myself, I am starting this book. I hope it‘s as good as the others.

Crazeedi I enjoyed this series 3y
CarolynM That doesn't sound like fun☹️ Hope the book makes up for it 💐 3y
Laura317 @Crazeedi Right now, it‘s my favorite series! I‘m trying to draw it out as long as possible. @CarolynM It wasn‘t fun, but the result was good. The book definitely made up for it!! 3y
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Readswithcoffee
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Yes! Another great mystery novel by Louise Penny. She needed to redeem this series for me after “The Long Way Home.” Thankfully, this one does and I continue to be a big fan of Chief Inspector Gamache.

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Louise
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Another solid addition to this series. There is terrible sadness at the beginning because a child is murdered. In the course of his investigation, Gamache is confronted by the moral question of whether risking the loss of a few lives is acceptable if it prevents the loss of many more lives. #audiobook

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sherryvdh
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I'm trying to read, kid. I should probably be thankful he's not sitting on my book. #BookishMomProblems #LivingWithAToddler

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sherryvdh
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I've decided to flip back and forth between this and The Devourers. I'm feeling really unfocused with my reading the last week or two, so rather than forcing myself to read one book, I'm giving myself room to float around. It's not my usual way of doing things, but these 2 books are likely different enough that I won't confuse the plots. #InspectorGamache #StartingANewRead #WildAndCrazySaturdayNight

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Caroline2
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My next Louise Penny is about a missing boy, which is prob why I keep putting it off...😬 #missing #ayupaugust

Libby1 I understand! Missing children stories are so hard for me. I‘ve missed you, @Caroline2 ! I hope you‘re well. 3y
Caroline2 @Libby1 yeah, I can‘t stand reading books about kids being hurt or killed. I just don‘t want to be in that head space ya know. 😒 I‘ve missed you too Libby! How are you? I hope you‘re having a nice summer. 😁 3y
Crazeedi I ❤❤ this series!!! 3y
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squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any of these - do you recommend? 3y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain they are nice little easy reads. Lovely writing, characters and setting (nearly all of them are set in this small town in Canada!) there a couple of naff books in the series too but the good ones make up for it. 😁 if that makes sense?! 😆 3y
Cinfhen Do U need to read the series in order?? Or can the books be stand alones??? 3y
Susanita @Cinfhen IMO you need to read them in order mostly due to developments involving some of the side characters. 3y
Caroline2 @Cinfhen I think you need to read em in order really. 👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen Ok, got it @Susanita @Caroline2 NOT the answer I wanted 😘😘 3y
Caroline2 @Cinfhen Altho I think the murder stone could be read as a stand alone as it‘s set at a lake house. I really enjoyed it too. 👍🏻 3y
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CarolynM
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While I can't say I enjoyed this visit to Three Pines as much as some of the previous ones, it was still worth my time. I didn't believe in the possibility of something that was central to the plot which made the whole thing seem a bit fanciful. I wish the author's note at the end (testifying to the real life existence of the thing) had been at the beginning instead.

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MallenNC
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I‘m working my way through this series. A few of the ones I‘ve read recently were just ok but Penny was back in top form with this one. This was intriguing on several levels. Three Pines must be the most dangerous place in Canada, but it still seems like a nice place to visit. This is a picture from my trip to Quebec and Montreal a few years ago.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Disclaimer: I have not yet read this series in order. This book is my favourite so far. I love the author's description of life in a small town and her characters are so rich, each with multiple layers. There was also an excellent mystery.

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“She looked like Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set. All smart and efficient and completely unaware of how beautiful she was. Armand could watch her all day long.”

When one of your favorite book series collides with one of your favorite films. 😍📕👏❤️

Blaire 😍 4y
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Kimzey
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Happy Birthday to @gradcat and congratulations on your 10k milestone! Thanks for creating a #Birthdaygiveaway ! 1. I‘ve tagged The 11th book in Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache series, which is set in Quebec. 2. To make Kir, you pour a little creme de cassis in a wine glass and top with white wine. For New Year‘s Eve you might want to try a Kir Royale, which is the same except with champagne 🍾 instead of regular white wine.

gradcat Thanks so very much for entering!! 4y
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Christinak
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One of the reasons I have loved this series is because of Ralph Cosham‘s narration in the audiobooks. I cannot bring myself to listen to anyone else voice Inspector Gamache. (Cosham died shortly after the release of book 10) So I am reading the rest of the series (no offense to the new narrator who may be great)
If you are on the fence on #audiobooks I would strongly recommend the first ten in this series!
#audiobook
#audiobookrecommendations

Tamra I believe the new one is the actor who played the father in Downton Abbey. He does a nice job, but it‘s different of course. 4y
Kimzey I delayed finishing the series on audible for that reason, but have finally pressed on and not regretted it. Louise Penny helped the transition by providing a touching tribute to Ralph Cosham (in her own voice) and by introducing the new narrator. 4y
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Blaire
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Stayed up past midnight finishing this one. The people of three pines often have hidden pasts and in this one even darker #bizness is hidden in the woods. Gamache, Beauvoir, and Lacoste work together to unravel a crime with international implications. Story seemed far-fetched until I read the author‘s note and learned that the historical part of the novel is based on a true story. #faveauthor #fallintoreading #nofemmeber

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻❤️ 4y
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read this author yet 😔 4y
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Blaire @Cinfhen she‘s such a nice comfort read (if you like mysteries). Love going back to the familiar setting. 4y
Billypar Love it when the 'truth is stranger than fiction' maxim holds true 😃 4y
vkois88 I need to pick up some of her books. I hear such wonderful things, but have yet to take the plunge. I think it would be easier if my TBR list didn't have so many titles already 😑😑😑 4y
kspenmoll Just love this series. I just got her latest 4y
Blaire @Billypar yes! Was shocked to see one of the characters was based on something that actually happened. Any more detail would be a big spoiler. 4y
Blaire @vkois88 you should!! If you‘re ever in a slump she‘s a good one to get out of it with. 4y
Blaire @kspenmoll I‘m trying to pace myself so I don‘t run out of them! 😍 4y
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Blaire
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A gorgeous fall morning to sit outside and read. So thankful for a real fall this year. #earlymorningread #grateful @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #fallintoreading

ScientistSam Gorgeous view! 4y
saresmoore Stunning! 4y
monalyisha Wow! 😍 4y
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readingjedi Stunning view! 4y
Tanisha_A That's a view to get up early to! 🙂 4y
Melissa_J Beautiful! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️ 4y
batsy Beautiful 💙 4y
kspenmoll Looks beautiful! 4y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Wow... I won't ever wanna leave! 4y
vkois88 It's so pretty... I wish I were there! 4y
Blaire @ScientistSam @saresmoore @monalyisha @readingjedi yes, the fog in the hills was especially beautiful that morning! 4y
Blaire @Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 it never gets old! 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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Another great installment of the Gamache series. These are such light fluffy reads - which I seem to need more of these days. Does anyone else wonder how the fictitious town of Three Pines is so riddled with crime and murder!? Yet somehow all I want to do is live there and hang out at the bistro!

tournevis Since I'm relatively sure that it's based on the town of Rock Forest, I'm not so surprised. 4y
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