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The Long Way Home
The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.
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Louise
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Mehso-so

This was a departure from the usual kind of mystery in this series. It was more of an examination of what an artist‘s work reveals about his/her inner process. It seemed the story was a thinly-veiled excuse for a conversation on this topic. I found it too repetitive and long-winded. It didn‘t reveal enough about the artistic process to justify the time spent mulling it over. Onward to the next one! 🤓

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I felt the same about this one too!! 3w
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m glad to hear I‘m not the only one! I still like the series, though. (edited) 3w
Crazeedi I had same thoughts, then the next book would capture me 3w
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Louise @Crazeedi Yes! I‘m listening to the audiobooks a little out of order based on when they come available on Libby. Some of the later books are thoroughly exciting! 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise oh for sure! Just bought the latest in it the other day! 🌲🌲🌲♥️ 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise oh Ralph cosham is soooooooo great. I love love his narration. It's not the same with the newest but he's okay. 3w
CarolynM I agree with you, I think this is probably the weakest of them that I have read so far. Still better than a lot of other crime series🙂 3w
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes! Cosham‘s voice has become Gamache‘s voice for so many people. Did you hear the interview with Penny and Cosham, in which Penny joked (but sincerely) that she should name one of the Bistro‘s sandwiches after him as an homage? It was so strange to hear a different voice reading one of the later books! 3w
Louise @CarolynM Yes, it‘s still an excellent series. There is a lot of heart in it, even if that sometimes spills over into a few passages that wax poetic about the significance of Three Pines as a place for healing, etc. In a way, those passages reveal something endearing about the author. 🌻 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise yes ♥️♥️♥️ funny because right now I'm looking up audiobooks narrated by Cosham. I miss him. Have narrowed down to two - or there's always earlier Gamache series to listen to too!! 😊😊😊 3w
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I didn‘t know until today that Cosham passed away in 2014. A real loss to the world of audiobooks and to the Gamache series, in particular. 💙 3w
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HollyBahling
Mehso-so

Meh. Not my favorite. It was good, don‘t get me wrong... but it definitely wasn‘t my favorite of the series. I‘ll leave it at that. Don‘t want to ruin the book for others.

Readswithcoffee Agreed! 1mo
HollyBahling @Readswithcoffee makes me want to take a break from Louise for a while! 1mo
Readswithcoffee @HollyBahling I know. Another Litsy reader assured me the next one in the series is better. 1mo
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Readswithcoffee
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Mehso-so

Well, I finished it. Definitely my least favorite book of the series. I‘ve decided I really can‘t relate to the excessive angst felt by several of these creative characters. A little angst goes a LONG way with me. On a positive note, the narration of this audiobook is excellent. Looking forward to moving on to the next book in the series!

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Readswithcoffee
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Ugh! I have liked every Inspector Gamache book I have read up until now. I‘m two-thirds of the way into this one and it is a let down. I‘m hoping there will be a great ending to redeem it.

JamieArc Oh no! This one is next on my list! 1mo
MallenNC I did not like this one either, but I felt the series got better again with the next books. I still have one more to read, not counting the next one that is coming out soon. 1mo
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HollyBahling
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I am in awe of Louise Penny. The way she can paint a picture so perfectly. At this moment I imagine myself standing at the lake I love so much. In complete and utter awe at its beauty. remembering the people I love so much who called this place heaven on earth. I can see the sunset. I can feel their loss and their hope of the future. I touch their tree, their water, their love in every step. So happy she can portray it. Four friends at the shore.

Bookwormjillk She‘s amazing 1mo
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Andrew65
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Good old Inspector Gamache, The Long Way Home - Book 10 in the series.
#TakeTheLongWayHome #AnglophileApril

Loved Supertramp, although The Logical Song or Breakfast in America were my favourites.

Reviewsbylola And still have never read this author. 🙈 Some day! 5mo
Andrew65 @Reviewsbylola Too many great authors out there! 5mo
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CarolynM
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Peter Morrow is missing. Clara calls on the help of Gamache and Beauvoir to find him. I enjoyed the way they followed the trail, and the people and places along the way were interesting, but I found the solution unsatisfying and the end a little rushed. I'm left with quite a few questions. Maybe they'll be answered in the next book. This isn't one of the best books in the series but it's still a pick.

Crazeedi Some of them weren't as good as others, stick with it they do get better, and might I say a bit crazy too. Lots of stuff happens 5mo
CarolynM @Crazeedi I'll definitely keep going with this series, I couldn't possibly stop now!🙂 5mo
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MallenNC
Long Way Home | Louise Penny
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Mehso-so

I‘ve really enjoyed the Inspector Gamache series and that‘s the only reason I‘m giving this a So-So rating. This one took the long way to get to the point. It didn‘t help that they were spending all this time looking for my least favorite character. I‘m hoping the next is back to form. This was my first time listening to the audiobook version and that did help a little.

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MallenNC
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I really enjoy this series but this one isn‘t grabbing me! I‘m listening to it, which makes it interesting but I‘d love to jump ahead to the next book. #audiobook

Dolly Go ahead, I won‘t tell 🤐 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I‘ve been skipping this one in my Gamache re-read because I had it in my head that the books set in summer aren‘t as good. But as the great Gamache says I was wrong. This is a wonderful book with a powerful ending. Recommend, especially on audio.

Crazeedi 💜💜💜💜 that is all 6mo
kspenmoll Adore this series! 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Sometimes I just need to go back to Three Pines 🌲🌲🌲

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Caroline2
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Cor dear, what a dud! There‘s no murder to solve in this one, the mystery is where is Peter? Is he a good artist? A tortured artist? Does anyone really care?? I‘m not angry Louise, I‘m just disappointed!! 😒

TrishB Which number is this? I‘ll remember not to be too disappointed! 7mo
squirrelbrain Oh no! 😒 7mo
Caroline2 @TrishB number 10. Number 9 is brilliant and kinda feels like the end of the series so I had a feeling the next one was gonna be a tough call. It‘s just daft and boring and arty, blahhhhh!!! 🤢 7mo
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain can‘t win em all....NEXT...! 😆 7mo
eraderneely I always love your bookshelves. They just look so inviting! 7mo
Caroline2 Aww, thanks!! They are pretty; the only trouble is a lot of them are TBR and I keep putting off reading them as I don‘t want gaps or to ruin the colour flows?! 😟 😆 7mo
TrishB I‘ll remember when I get there! 7mo
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Caroline2
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For #winterkills there can be only one....it has to be Louise Penny and her Inspector Gamache books! I love that most of her books take place in the bleak midwinter in Canada! So atmospheric! 😍 #winterwonderland #threepinesforvever

Cinfhen I really should try this author!! Do u read this series @TrishB !??? 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen yes ? @Caroline2 brought me the first one and I have now brought the whole series. I managed to get all the paperbacks for Qa each off various sites (all new!). Great reads ?? 10mo
Caroline2 @Cinfhen they are good little reads! ? @TrishB and The Works have them on their 3 for Qd offer at the mo! ? 10mo
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Cinfhen I‘m gonna look on kindle!! @TrishB @Caroline2 (edited) 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I think I brought them as they never seemed to come up on any kindle offers! 10mo
Cinfhen You‘re right @TrishB they are all $7.99 and up 10mo
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laurenlovesliterature
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20% off at Barnes & Noble and got my free beverage for being a member. Yassssss!!!

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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

This was another enjoyable foray into the cosy mystery world of Armand Gamache et al. I loved that part of this book took place in Baie-Saint-Paul Quebec. I was just there in the summer so it was fun to picture it.

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Bibliogeekery
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Bibliogeekery
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Audiobook and coffee while watching the rain come down ☔

Bklover What a cozy spot! 12mo
JamieArc This does feel like the perfect spot for what you are listening to! 12mo
Hornsby78 That looks like a little piece of heaven to me. 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads What a lovely garden! 12mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Next up #audiobook!

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Blaire
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Pickpick

Loved! Gamache is leading a quiet life in three pines when Clara approaches him to solve a mystery. We leave three pines and travel to beautiful coastal towns as the characters contemplate the nature of art, mused, and love.

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Blaire
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#comfortread time. This has been quite the week at work and I am ready for some inspector Gamache, a cozy blanket, and a big mug of tea.

Cathythoughts I see Louise Penny popping up again.... 💕💕💕 14mo
Lcsmcat ❤️ Gamache and Three Pines! 14mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat yes! Love going back to a familiar book place to escape real world stress. 14mo
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christineandbooks
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Pickpick

Another wonderful story by Penny.This one seems to be less liked among fans. It takes place mostly away from Three Pines and centers on one of the more unlikable characters in the series, Peter. It doesn't have the drama and emotional heft of the last few books. But I thought it was just right. We readers needed this chance to catch our breaths. Overall I find Penny's pacing of the larger story over the course of this series to be perfect.

Lcsmcat This was actually the first of the series that I read. (I didn‘t realize it was a series.) And I loved it. 1y
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Dolly
Long Way Home | Louise Penny
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Bailedbailed

After several tries I now know that Penny‘s much acclaimed mysteries are not for me. That being said she has tons of eager writers who enjoy her work and I live among them.🤓.

Odd that my last two books had similar titles.
The previous book was Let‘s Take the Long Way Home.

TiredLibrarian This hurts my heart a little because I love this series 💔 But that's OK; Litsy would be mighty dull if we all liked the same books! 😉 1y
Tamra I listen to the audio versions for multitasking. 😄 1y
Dolly @Tamra I listened to most of the ones I “read” as they were simple enough to not have to pay strict attention. @TiredLibrarian I bet they would make good summer/beach reads. Binge reading was a problem for me when some parts (like the accident) was revisited in each book. 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 1y
Readerann I made the same decision, although it was ‘one and done‘ for me. 1y
Dolly @Readerann Besides being a slow learner, others said they get progressively better. I hung in there but... 1y
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Jen2
Long Way Home | Louise Penny
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Pickpick

I just love these!

Pamwurtzler Me too! 1y
LikelyLibrarian Me too! I‘m on number 5. I like to read them with the season they‘re set in. A Brutal Telling is set in late summer 😏 1y
CarolynM Me too! I'm up to Bury Your Dead 1y
Lcsmcat I accidentally started the series with this book and it‘s still a favorite. 1y
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SilversReviews
Long Way Home | Louise Penny
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SomedayAlmost Yes! Love her characters (and the food they eat)! 1y
SilversReviews @SomedayAlmost Oh yes - love the characters and Three Pines. 1y
TiredLibrarian Love Louise Penny, Three Pines and its cast of characters! 1y
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Tamra
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Pickpick

The narrator and characters grow on you, especially when you fall asleep with them. The accent is lulling.......😴

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Christinak
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We are dog sitting so my #view over my book right now is Luke. (I guess his view is me 🧐)
#seasonsreadings2017
#dogsoflitsy

DGRachel 😍🐶😍 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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And that‘s it! I completed #MountTBR with #Everest today - whoo hoo! This is the last of my official challenges for the year.

It‘s been a long road, with lots & lots of books. But 2017 has been productive!

And Mount TBR is definitely a challenge I‘ll repeat next year. In fact, if I do little else in terms of challenges in 2018, I could hit Everest & clear my TBR bookcase by June 2018... just in time for the latest from Kepnes & Backman 😏

DGRachel Congrats! I haven‘t even been able to manage Mount Blanc! 2y
Texreader That‘s amazing!! Way to go!! 2y
Sweettartlaura @DGRachel I do feel accomplished. And while I still added books to the pile this year, I‘m feeling like next year I can definitely purge at least the physical books I own next year. And that will be good. Now as to wade through all the books on my Kindle, too... that might take yet another year 🤔😱🤣 2y
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sprainedbrain That‘s awesome!!! 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
julesG Congratulations! 2y
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Dragon
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Armand Gamache is retired and enjoying a quiet life in Three Pines until Clara asks for help. A year ago Clara kicked Peter , her husband, out of her life for a year. He was supposed to come back but didn't. What's happened. An engaging story unfolds : perception/reality , the tenth muse and the stormy St Lawrence all play a role.

Meg11726 Love this entire series!! 2y
Dragon Thanks @Meg11726 I'm enjoying the series although I haven't read them all yet 😀 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I checked this out on #Overdrive because it was available and I was trying the app out. It made my long commute enjoyable enough that I was tempted to take the long way home. It's way at the end of a series, and I'm going to try to start over from the beginning now, but my library doesn't have the first book. 😥Not great literature, but great reading by Ralph Cosham. I think I'd rather listen to him than read it myself which is NOT normal for me.

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Kammbia1
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Here's my review of this fantastic novel and one of my favorites for 2017. http://marion-hill.com/book-review-106-the-long-way-home-by-louise-penny/

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Kammbia1
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"It was an area so beautiful, so unique, it had attracted visitors for centuries. At least one American president had had a summer home there. But what Charlevoix mostly attracted were artists, Quebec artists, Canadian artists. Artists from around the world. And now it had attracted Peter Morrow."

I'm loving this Louise Penny novel. The characters are well-drawn and draws you into the mystery. Plus I'm getting a geography lesson about Quebec.

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Kammbia1
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"Annie laughed. She had a face, a body, made not for a Paris runway but for good meals and books by the fire and laughter. She was constructed from, and for, happiness." Love this description about a woman's attractiveness that is a contrast to the typical standard of beauty. I'm only 75 pages into this novel and I love it. I will be reading more Louise Penny novels.

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Dragon
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#ruralsetting #aprilbookshowers. Rural Quebec plays a huge role in this long running detective series. I would love to visit Three Pines 🌲 and meet the eccentric inhabitants. There may even be a pet duck ?

Michelle_mck I have still only read the first book, looking forward to reading more 2y
Dragon Thanks @Michelle_mck I've still got a few to read looking forward to lots of visits to Three Pines 🌲 2y
Laura317 That's my favorite new series that Littens turned me onto. I love the village and it's inhabitants. 2y
Dragon Thanks @Laura317 the author does a great job describing the place and the people- I can almost smell the pine trees 🌲 2y
kspenmoll It's a dream of mine! Also there is a tour in Quebec City. May e someday... 2y
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Kammbia1
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I've heard a lot about the Louise Penny novels on several book podcasts recently. Well, I was in Half Price Books today and saw this novel on the clearance shelf. I bought it and will check it out.

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Bookwormjillk
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I tried to take a break from this series after the last one to make it last longer. Then it was available on Overdrive, and I couldn't stay away.

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SusaninTX
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February reads shown above minus a couple of library books and ebooks. The Long Way Home was my favorite fiction this month, and it had some serious competition. #februaryreads #readingmyownbooks #diversebooks

EvieBee What a great reading month for you! 3y
Reviewsbylola Great month! I really want to read Another Brooklyn. 3y
lamaman2boys So many good books! 📚 3y
Cals90 Oh The Long Way Home. I don't often cry in books, but I did in that one! ❤️ Wanting to read Homegoing! Did you like that one? 3y
SusaninTX @Cals90 I liked it more than I thought I would. I was afraid "hype" would've ruined it, but it was very well done. A little tough to read in places, but lots of food for thought. 3y
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julieloverofbooks
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Scored a signed coy for $2.00 at the used bookstore 😊

Dragon 👍 3y
Suzze Nice! 3y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏 3y
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Meg11726
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What the heck was that?! She sucked me and then left me with my jaw hanging... Seriously?! That's how this whole book and relationship ends?! .... Such a good book but I don't even know how I feel about the ending! 😳

Shemac77 I had the same response. I found it to be a bold move. 3y
Meg11726 Bold is a good way of putting it... I'm still trying to pick my jaw up. 3y
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Meg11726
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It's been a long time coming, almost a year and this is the very first time he's ever laid on me. He's maybe finally realizing we are his forever family now... Comfy Saturday nights just how I like them 📚❤️🐱🐾

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
mllemay So sweet! He looks very cozy. 3y
DebinHawaii Very sweet!! 🐱❤️ 3y
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Tanzy13 🐱 3y
bedandabook He looks very happy and at home 😻 3y
KarenUK 💕💕💕 3y
Meg11726 @KarenUK @bedandabook @Tanzy13 @DebinHawaii @mllemay @rubyslippersreads I am so glad we decided to adopt this sweet boy. We believe he was abused and have given his space and for him to find out we won't hurt him. He will come and lay next to you but never touches you. Last night was a big night. In fact I laid there for hours uncomfortable because I did not want to move him. Hubster and I may spoil him a tad 😂😂 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled We have one like that too. She took forever to even come near us but now she lets us hold her like a baby. (her name is Angry Stray, if that gives you an idea!). So glad your boy is getting comfortable! 3y
sherryvdh 💕💕 It's so rewarding when a rescue comes around to you! Happy you're making progress. That's one lucky kitty! 3y
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katyhobbs
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Going to have to sit with this one for a bit. Though, to be honest, my emotions are screaming at me to grab the next volume off my table and dig right in, find relief from this one by moving to the next one. Leave this one behind. It deserves more than that, so I'll give it more than that.

jessdean 😳😬 I'm making my way thru this series... next up for me is Bury Your Dead. 3y
katyhobbs @jessdean They are so good. I haven't been this excited about a new fiction discovery in years. I've been devouring them and I'm going to be sad when I run out. 3y
Meg11726 I just burned through them!! I love them! She's a great author. Starting this one tonight. 3y
katyhobbs Same here! I'm on the most recent one, and I'm forcing myself to read slowly, because I don't want it to be over! 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Wasn't sure whether to keep going with the series after How the Light Gets In, but I did, and this ended up being pretty good. Liked the Clarence Gagnon bits and the road trip. The reveal of the crime was a little bananas. The ending left me shocked. Looking forward to the next book.

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rabbitprincess
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Enjoying some tea in my festive mug and preparing for my trip home for Christmas. I prefer to be home before Christmas and work between Christmas and New Year's -- few people are in the office then so I actually get work done 😁 #seasonsreadings2016

SusanInTiburon I'm the same way - that quiet week is so great. By the way, you're doing the book with a hot drink right! 3y
rabbitprincess @SusanInTiburon Thanks! I enjoy this mug's festiveness and its capacity! 😄 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Beauvoir is so funny when he's grumpy!

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AnnieReads
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Pickpick

This book is beautiful. A mystery but so much more. Louise Penny writes with heart.

auntie_jenn i've never read a Louise Penny....😮 3y
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smepstein
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4/5, another great installment in the best series ever

Blair_Reads Just started this series and I greatly enjoyed the first book! 3y
smepstein @Blair_Reads oh man I'm so jealous! I wish I could read these all for the first time again. you're gonna love them! 3y
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Dragon
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Chief Inspector Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir are my favourite squad. Watch out criminals this duo will soon find you with a little help from the eccentric inhabitants of Three Pines #booksquad

[DELETED] 2232195534 I love Jean-Guy. He's so very human and a perfect contrast to Gamache. 3y
Dragon Thanks @kaysreadinglife it took me a couple books to warm up to him, but I totally agree with you now 3y
Bookzombie I love this series and the characters! 3y
SusanInTiburon Oh, great pick! I love this crew. Can't wait for the next one, coming out this month!! 3y
Dragon Thanks for the comments @Bookzombie and @SusanInTiburon I am so happy to hear Louise Penny has a new book coming out soon 3y
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Finished #10 today. I usually like to space this series out a bit but my library book is due. #9 was so good and that made it a little harder to get into but it's still a good one! #inspectorgamache #threepines

Suzze The series just keeps getting better! 3y
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"A poem begins as a lump in the throat," said Armand Gamache as he took a seat on one of Ruth's white preformed chairs.

"You make it sound like a fur ball," said Ruth.

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Bookbeez
Long Way Home | Louise Penny
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I know this is considered one of the weaker of the series, but I found it oddly beautiful. It was a quiet mystery--not a lot of high drama, but careful, deep character introspection. And, as always, it makes me want to plan another trip to Quebec.