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Kingdom of the Blind
Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
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ShelleyBooksie
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This one was a reread for me. I first read it before I realized that this series needs to be read in order. The reading experience was more rich this time around, knowing the characters back story. I love Three Pines and all of its characters.

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corireadslife
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Mehso-so

Rating: 3.5 🌟
Book: 19 of 2022

Unfortunately, not my favorite of the series. A lot jam packed into these pages that made it difficult for me to feel attached to the different stories unfolding. Although the ending of this one has me more than ready to read the next one!

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canbku
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I really enjoyed this one! Finally! I mean, I love the whole crew, but I was getting irritated with Gamache because no rules apply to him and he's smarter than everyone. His arrogance is dealt with a lot and he pays a high price, but I was just annoyed. I'm glad this multi-book storyline has some closure and I'm ready to start something new!!

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canbku
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Starting a new one! I'll run out of Louise Penny soon!!

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bookwrm526
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I love these characters, I love this series, but can‘t Gamache have a breather? Can‘t he just be not hunted or personally menaced for one book??

Julsmarshall I‘m finishing a Gamache now and was tho the same thing! 6mo
bookwrm526 @Julsmarshall I often feel this way about television shows too, just give them a short break between disasters. That‘s not too much to ask! 6mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I'm still enjoying these novels even though they're getting increasingly difficult to believe and are becoming a little predictable. Great for listening to on long walks, though, and I like some of the new developments for some of the regular characters.

Crazeedi They did begin to lose their luster IMO 10mo
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Jerdencon
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Starting my first book for #scarathon #teamslaughter today.
Excited to go back to Three Pines! @Clwojick

Clwojick 🖤🖤🖤🖤 11mo
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Jerdencon
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My very preliminary TBR for #scarathon2021 #teamslaughter
@Clwojick

Clwojick 🖤💜🧡 11mo
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cajunsyd
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I‘m back in Quebec with Gamache and friends. Love this series!

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Sweettartlaura
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4.5 ⭐️

There isn‘t much not to like here - it‘s another wonderful visit to Three Pines, the kind of place you hope you‘ll end up living if you‘ve ever had a good college dorm experience.
I think what stood out in this one for me was Penny‘s sharp dialogue. By this point, the whole cast of characters, major & minor, are fully realized. Still, the ease with which they interact is brilliant.

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Suelizbeth
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I should know better than to binge read Armand Gamache books. I love the books, but I need to take them in small doses. They can be a bit over the top for me, and I don‘t think this book is one of Louise Penny‘s best. There was a lot going on in this story, and it was all wound up at the end, but it was a whirlwind of blizzards, strangers, drugs, wills, collapses, murders, and unconnected storylines. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MallenNC
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Sometimes it takes me a while to get into the latest Inspector Gamache, but this one was intriguing right away. I enjoyed the mystery and all the side stories. I‘ll be honest, I read these mostly because I find Louise Penny to be a delightful person in real life. I love hearing her talk about her books and her life. With that said, her author‘s note at the end made me sad about the loss of her husband, even though I knew that had happened.

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MallenNC
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I‘m trying to catch up on Inspector Gamache so I can read the new book in September.

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TrishB
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Good mystery, great developments in personal stories, but not a lot of food in this one 😁
Only one more to read before the new one comes out 1st September!

Caroline2 Say whattttt???? Not much food??? 😱 Sort it out Penny!!!! 😒😆 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 sort of glad because I‘m trying to lose lockdown weight!! 2y
cathysaid Can‘t wait! I always get it on audio because I love the narrator‘s voice (original and current). 2y
TrishB @cathysaid I‘m not very good with audio! 2y
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Mshookquilts
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Gamache lets his protege,Cloche, be removed from the Academy when she‘s under suspicion of being involved with drugs. Is he hoping she‘ll lead him to the remaining drugs disappearing from his last clean up? In the meantime, a cleaning woman who calls herself the baroness appears to “leave” a fortune she doesn‘t have to her children and one of them is then murdered.

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cathysaid
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Reading a Three Pines book feels like the comfort of slipping on that old, soft ratty sweater and wrapping up warm and tight. This one is #14 in the Inspector Armand Gamache series. He and Myrna find themselves as executors for a mysterious will. All the quirky, crazy characters (including Ruth‘s foul-mouthed pet duck) appear. Audio is narrated by Robert Bathurst, Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator. 4/5 ⭐️

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mom2bugnbee
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And, on to the next. ☺ I have other books waiting, & I will get to them, but Three Pines is exactly what my brain needs right now.

Anyone know if the series is continuing after this one?

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

rabbitprincess Yes, A Better Man came out last year, All the Devils Are Here is coming out this year, and she‘s working on another one now 😊 2y
MallenNC This one is next for me in the series. I have it and A Better Man to read during my next staycation. 2y
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Blaire
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Another good one in a great series. In this one, Gamache is the liquidator of a will for someone he did not know and he must figure out why he and the other liquidators were selected. Meanwhile, a dangerous new drug is about to hit the streets, and Gamache must look at his own ethics and morals in choosing how to attempt to stop it. The relationships between all the characters continue to grow.

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BlueStockingReviews
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Unrelenting tension and a cleverly woven tapestry of characters, story and setting. https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/kingdom-of-the-blind

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Lcsmcat
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I spent all day in Three Pines. Except to pick up groceries at the drive up/pick up spot. Which was the first time in 23 days I‘ve been anywhere but home and brief trips to Town Hall for work that couldn‘t be done from home. And the really odd thing is, I‘m ok with this. And happy to be with Gamache, Jean-Guy, and the rest. My happy place. 😀

Tamra Great place to be - Three Pines. 🌲🌲🌲 2y
LeslieO I‘m there, too! Having dinner at the bistro by the fire as we speak! (I‘m only up to book 5) 2y
Tamra Okay, you know what is funny....I only “read” this series via audio. So when I read “Jean Guy” in your post I was momentarily puzzled! 🤣 (Gene Guy?) 😂😂 I guess I never stopped to think about how his name would be spelled since I‘ve only heard it pronounced. (edited) 2y
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Lcsmcat @LeslieO Her books always make me hungry! 2y
Lcsmcat @Tamra 😂 I did many on audio, and even though I know French, I couldn‘t believe my ears, that Mme. Gamache was named Reine-Marie! (Queen Mary) 2y
Tamra @Lcsmcat oh that is funny too! 2y
CarolynM Always a great place to visit! 2y
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AvidReader25
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Honestly, I‘m living in denial that I only have one more book in the series to read. In the past couple months I‘ve blown through 14 books in the series and I‘m going to miss these characters so much when I get to the end. I know she‘s still writing more, but I‘ll have to wait for them like everyone else. This book included an old will, a crumbling farm house, a new drug about to hit the streets, and all of our favorite people in Three Pines.

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rabbitprincess
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Another solid entry in the series. Definitely benefits from having read Glass Houses first, although I was able to follow events despite having read Glass Houses over a year ago. The drugs storyline may be a bit dark for those who like their mysteries cozier, but the character interactions have a richness that offsets the darkness.

Bookwormjillk I was just thinking I should re-read both of those 3y
rabbitprincess @Bookwormjillk Excellent 😊 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Honoré's first word: the F-bomb ???
(Not sure how plausible this is, but I laughed out loud at it)

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I'm currently in Three Pines too with A Better Man 😊 3y
rabbitprincess @Penny_LiteraryHoarders We just gave my mum that one, so I'll have to read it soon! And by soon I mean "in the next year or so" ? 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Enjoying my new fuzzy blanket (a lighter, maybe mohair version of the famous striped Hudson Bay blankets) and reading a book off Mum's shelves.

rabbitprincess On the table is my dad's current read: 3y
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CarolynM
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As usual I enjoyed visiting Three Pines very much. This one has a good mystery as well as some interesting developments in the ongoing story. I wonder how she will handle them going forward.

#BookReport Apart from bailing on The Arsonist, this was all I read this week - too much pre-Christmas socialising.

#WeeklyForecast Not sure what I'll pack. It's going to be stinking hot for a few days where I'll be so there should plenty of reading time.

Cinfhen Most people are wishing to fly somewhere warm for the holidays and you‘re “complaining” about the heat. I‘m just fascinated by that. It‘s really kind of neat. So how did bookclub go, since you bailed?? Did the others enjoy? 3y
CarolynM @Cinfhen Tomorrow I am driving 8 hours to my parents' house in Adelaide where the forecast temperatures for the next 4 days are 40, 42, 41 and 44 (minimum of 27 on Thursday night). It will be fine, but it would be nicer to be home where it won't be as hot as that and we have a little pool😁 The book group liked the book more than I did. 3y
BarbaraBB That is so hot. I can‘t imagine how to be productive in those temperatures. You can‘t do much more than keep calm and read I guess? 3y
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BarbaraBB Also - I sent you a little something that, according to my track & trace, arrived in Australia on December 3rd. Ever since I received no updates. Let‘s hope it didn‘t melt 🥵😉 3y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I really is. I don't mind a day or 2 over 40 but it wears you down when it goes on longer than that. As for productivity, it's ok inside with industrial strength air-con, not usually so great after a couple of days with ordinary domestic air-con, though. 3y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Thank you, that's really sweet of you. Melbourne won't be as hot as Adelaide. My last parcel to you dropped off the tracking radar after arriving in the Netherlands and then took a couple of weeks to reach you. Maybe our respective customs people are suspicious of each other😂 3y
BarbaraBB Okay, that is good to know. I‘ll be patient for a few more weeks. Strange though - considering that so many Dutch have emigrated to Australia and there will be so many parcels travelling between our countries, I think. 🙏 3y
BarbaraBB Good luck with the heat, I hope you‘ll be back in the ‘cool‘ Melbourne region soon. Have a safe trip 😘 3y
Cinfhen Whoa!!! Those are HIGH temps!!!!! I‘d probably be a little kvetchy too😜 (edited) 3y
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen that‘s a great word! 😊 3y
LeeRHarry Stay cool! I‘m keeping my fingers crossed for cool - ish weather ie 25C over Christmas 🤞 3y
CarolynM Thanks @LeeRHarry 😘 Here's hoping for a couple of moderate weeks before the next heatwave. 3y
CarolynM Thanks @BarbaraBB 😘 3y
Cinfhen It‘s a great word @LeeRHarry because let‘s face it... we all get that way sometimes 😂😂 3y
Cinfhen Safe travels, Carolyn ❤️enjoy family time 3y
CarolynM Thanks @Cinfhen 😘 3y
Centique Oh man that is HOT. I hope you have good air con and lots of icy drinks! 🍸🥂🧊 3y
CarolynM @Centique All good so long as the power stays on😬 3y
Freespirit Have a lovely holiday @CarolynM Stay cool xxx 3y
CarolynM @Freespirit Thanks Sally. Super hot over night last night (minimum of 33, I think😬) after a blisteringly hot day and very hot today too, but the cool change has come through now. Sounds like tomorrow will be pretty bad over your way. Hope you can keep cool and you're safe from the fires😘 3y
Freespirit The fires have moved on from near us but are burning around the Blue Mts where my family live. It's relentless with this heat. Not a drop of rain in sight😥 Hope you have a lovely Christmas break 😘😘 3y
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Readaholics
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Louise Penny is a gem! I love listening to her books on tape. This one follows the three pines clan as they investigate a mysterious inheritance, Royal lineage and a murder. Meanwhile, inspector Gamache is also tracking down a dangerous street drug before it kills half of Montreal. Grab a mug of cocoa and some cookies to snuggle up with this cozy mystery.

CherylRussell One of my favorite series!🙂 3y
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agrondin44

First read of this Louise Penny. I read it in French (would have prefer to read it in English) but it was a great book. Not the kind I read often but I really enjoyed the intrigue.

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Booksnchill
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#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #ScaryScavengerHunt Finished this mystery set in Three Pines and part of the Armand Gamache series. Armand, Myrna and Bernard are made the liquidators of the will of a cleaning woman known as the “Baroness”. Seemingly they have no connection with her prior to her death. Also, the drugs that escaped from the sting operation of the previous book are on the streets ready to kill. Points for #Mystery and #PartofaSeries

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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #ThreePines
To quote the author herself:

“My books are about terror. That brooding terror curled deep down inside us. But more than that, more than murder, more than all the rancid emotions and actions, my books are about goodness. And kindness. About choices. About friendship and belonging. And love. Enduring love.

If you take only one thing away from any of my books I'd like it to be this:

Goodness exists.” ❤️🌲🌲🌲

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kspenmoll
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#fridaynight #kittylove #catsoflitsy

Friday after dinner reading with Em Cat. 😻📚

Dragon 😻 3y
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Louise
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This #audiobook brought back memories of the Canadian winters—brrrrr! The humorous banter between the characters is a delight. The book addresses multiple themes, including the opioid crisis. There are some sections that drag a little; but overall, it‘s a solid addition to this excellent series.

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tracey38
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Misty, I came home from a rough day at work (heck, it's been a rough couple weeks with overtime, short staffed, not feeling well, etc) to a wonderful surprise package from you! You are just the sweetest! I am getting better. About to schedule surgery but it should be an easy procedure and hopefully get me back to normal. 💛💛💛 Thank you for being so amazing! Can't wait to read these!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome 💗💗💗 I hope things get better !! Let me know when your surgery is!! ❤️🤗❤️🤗 3y
Crazeedi So sweet! I hope your surgery goes well! 3y
tracey38 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I will. Pre-OP appt is 8/20. So will probably find out then. 💛 3y
tracey38 @Crazeedi thank you! 3y
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sarahgreatlove
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So excited to be getting back into this series. My only problem was that it had been so long since I read the last one, I‘d forgotten how it ended. I‘m glad I don‘t have to wait long for the next. I can‘t believe how fast she keeps churning these out, it‘s awesome! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#InMyPlace (my reading chair)
#JulyColdPlay

2 books that I won from Goodreads!! Anyone read these?

tammysue Ooh I love that pillow! 📚💕 3y
InBooksILive That pillow is adorable! 😍 3y
anored I love Louise Penny books. That book is #13 in a series, but you could probably read it anyway. Each book has a different mystery with most recurring characters. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @anored I thought it sounded like a series! Lol Have you read it? 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tammysue thank you!! 😘💕 3y
Tineke I stood with that Louise Penny in my hand when I went to the bookshop today. That serie is on my wishlist. Heard good things about those books. 3y
Eggs Lucky you!! 3y
tracey38 I haven't read either book. But every time I see your pillows I smile. 💜🙂 3y
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Amiable
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Having surgery on my knee tomorrow. Picked up a short stack at the library to keep me occupied for at least the next few days while I‘m on the couch.
#bookhaul

TheLibrarian Good luck tomorrow! 3y
wanderinglynn Best wishes for a quick recovery! 💚 3y
Amiable @TheLibrarian @wanderinglynn Thank you! At least the horrible heat wave broke this evening in our area. We don‘t have AC so I wasn‘t looking forward to recuperating in 100 degrees! 😬 (edited) 3y
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wanderinglynn Thank goodness for small blessings! 👍🏻💛 3y
BooknerdsLife Good luck and speedy recovery 💖🙌🏼 3y
LiteraryinLawrence I hope it all goes well! 3y
Mollyanna Hope the surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery. ❤️ 3y
Julsmarshall Best wishes for a quick recovery and amazing book stack! 3y
Redwritinghood Hope all goes well! 3y
Megabooks Best of luck for a quick recovery! 💜 3y
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MallenNC
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I‘m attending a book event for Louise Penny tonight and I walked in right behind her! That was fun. I‘m behind in her series but I intend to catch up #ThisSummer for sure. #SongsofSummer

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh wow!!! Have fun!!!! 🎉🎉 3y
OriginalCyn620 How funny! Enjoy! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Crazeedi I'm waiting for her next one!! 3y
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MallenNC
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I just bought a ticket to see Louise Penny! I'm behind on her series, but I might be able to catch up in time. I've seen her before and it was really fun.

Graciouswarriorprincess I wanted to see her but the tickets were pricey.
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MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess They were but I don‘t have this book so I splurged. When I saw her last time it was held here at work so it was free for me. So I owe her one! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC Understandable. I just don't have a job yet so no extras for me. Still searching for a permanent full time job. :(
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MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess I understand that. There have been other times I would not have been able to either. I save in other ways. I wish you all the best in your search. 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC Thank you. I regret ever moving to NC. If I could move back to Maryland, I would do it in an instant. Books are my only saving graces that keep me sane. 3y
MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m so sorry. I know it has been tough. 3y
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Christinak
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I wouldn‘t mind being a long way from #home if I was in Three Pines #SpringIntoReading

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Booksnchill
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Starting this one- Gamache and Three Pines- like a cafe au late and a warm baguette....and a duck🦆🌲🌲🌲

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Tamra
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I have not been listening to this series in order, but I‘ve enjoyed each installment all the same. My favorite characters are Ruth & Rosa......fhaaaaaaaak. 😜🦆

kspenmoll Aren‘t they a pair!? 3y
CarolynM They're the best! 3y
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sk888888
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Really enjoyed this one. Sometimes a series gets ‘old‘, but I do think that Penny hit this one out of the park!

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allis
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Was ok - not my favorite from this series

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Shemac77
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Three Pines. I love you.

FreeReadAndWrite Same ❤️ 4y
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suzisteffen
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One of the better ones in this series, though I‘m not happy with the villain (or the way the villain was described in the book, over and over) or a potential couple in the future of the series. Meanwhile, the mysteries aren‘t bad, and Gamache isn‘t so filled with ponderous philosophical bullshit as usual, so 2.5 ⭐️.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Although I feel like I would have gotten a lot more out of this book if I had started with #1 in the series, I still really enjoyed it. The characters are fantastic and I enjoyed the mystery. I will check out other books in this series for sure.

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ShelleyBooksie
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My CupidGoesPostal package arrived today. I am sooo excited!! Thank you @writerlibrarian and thank you for organizing @BookishMarginalia . I cannot wait to open on Feb 14!

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LauraBytheBook
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We have a wind chill temp of -26F this morning, all the area schools are closed and our companies suggested we work from home or take PTO today. I am not able to do my work from home so I‘m spending my day off finishing some books!

I was disappointed in the previous book in the series, but I loved this one. The last chapter had me at turns laughing and crying. Ah... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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lisakoby
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Finished! Excellent narration as always, and pure Three Pines escapism.

#audiobooklove #mystery

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Shemac77
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I love visiting Three Pines.

Jaimelire Me too! 😀 4y
kspenmoll So do I! 4y
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