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A Great Reckoning
A Great Reckoning: A Novel | Louise Penny
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When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sret du Qubec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sret academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protge of the murdered professor. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning. #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.
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canbku
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Panpan

Really not my favorite. Two in a row that have made me roll my eyes a lot more than normal. I loved the Three Pines world building and lore, and I continue to dislike Surete politics. I always wonder which "new" characters will return in the next installment. I liked the cadets. I wouldn't mind seeing more of them

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canbku
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In such a bad mood today on my commute. I couldn't manage my regular audiobook and went back to Three Pines

LeslieO A little time by the fire in the bistro can improve the mood! 4mo
canbku @LeslieO worked like a charm :) if only it came with a bowl of cafe au lait ☕ 4mo
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corireadslife
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Pickpick

Rating: 5🌟
Book: 6 of 2022

How? I really need someone to tell me how Louise Penny does it. She writes mysteries woven together with history, poetry, art, and murder. She creates characters that you instantly become attached to. She takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride, plops you at the end and drops a giant “OMG” moment. And now I‘m left, trying to process the last 389 pages. All I can say is - Goodness I LOVED this one!!

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Singout
Pickpick

It was fun to get back to Louise Penny‘s Armand Garmache series for my January #Bookspin: this one was complex and intense, although I was proud to see two of the clues before the detectives did! Interesting insights into Canadian police training, among other things.
#Booked2022 #SetInAnInn

Cinfhen Yay for your sleuthing skills 😁❣️ 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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majkia

As usual, complex, psychological, and with lots of surprises.

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rebbyj
Pickpick

The best. So deep. Still recovering

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Tineke
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Pickpick

I decided to take out a library membership and found this in our local libraries' collection. Unfortunately the only one in English.
My first Louise Penny which I quite enjoyed. I will certainly continue this series. Now I need to find the first one to read this series in order. Would be nice.
TBR since November 3rd. 2021; 386 pages.

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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

This one is a little different from the previous novels. It's a little silly, quite unlikely, but I enjoyed it. Although I think I could probably give this exact same review for most of the Gamache books.

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ImperfectCJ
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Caught sight of this orb weaver and her sister (just behind her but not in the picture) while audiowalking today. Today was a challenging one (neighbors acting a fool in their one-sided feud with us, among other little inconveniences), but this find and the accompanying book were a welcome diversion. And the weather was gorgeous. Trying to focus on the good stuff.

Soubhiville Pretty! We have some sort of large spider dwelling on the outer roof beam of our patio. It only hangs out on the web at night, so I can‘t get a photo to identify it. But I say hello to it each night when I take the dog out. 😊🕸 8mo
ElizaMarie This is absolutely beautiful!

Also, your neighbors sound super tiring! Ugh! Hang in here!
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ImperfectCJ @ElizaMarie Tiring is exactly what it is. Thank you for the words of support! 8mo
ImperfectCJ @Soubhiville I love the big spiders (as long as they don't touch me). We got to watch one build a web in our backyard last October. It was hypnotic. 8mo
Soubhiville As long as they stay outside I‘m good with them 😊. 8mo
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TiredLibrarian
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Finished A Great Reckoning tonight. Very good, but I wished there had been more about the residents of Three Pines.

I think my next pick will be nonfiction. Arriving Today addresses something that intrigues me: the changes in the supply chain & consumer behavior. (What's with the weird shortages?) And I read an excerpt of Invisible Child that's enough to break your heart. Which to read next? 🤔

#mystery #ThreePines #vivegamache #nonfiction

TiredLibrarian This is the excerpt from Invisible Child: https://nyti.ms/3DthwUm 8mo
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TiredLibrarian
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Tagged
2. I love the series characters. It's like revisiting old friends, with enough personality changes/reveals to keep it interesting each time.

#mystery #ThreePines #ViveGamache

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🧡📖 9mo
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TiredLibrarian
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It wasn't the best week for reading. I'm loving the Louise Penny book, but I haven't had enough time to really get lost in it the way I'd like to. And the Kalanithi book I've been procrastinating on finishing, because I know how it ends. Hoping this week is better! #mystery #ThreePines #viveGamache #nonfiction #health

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TiredLibrarian
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The plan was to start this tonight, but I think I'm too tired to read! I'll put it next to the bed just in case I can't sleep 😴🌲🌲🌲😊

#mystery #ThreePines #vivegamache

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ShelleyBooksie
Great Reckoning | Louise Penny

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks , did the matches get sent out for #litsylovefallswap?

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Jerdencon
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Sorry if this was posted before - but I‘m excited for this. Hope it‘s 1/2 as good as the books. 🤞🏻I think Alfred Molina is a good choice.

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2021/09/02/amazon-prime-video-f...

Bookwormjillk I‘m waiting to see who will play Ruth 10mo
JamieArc I can‘t wait! @Bookwormjillk Good point! Ruth will be fun to watch. 10mo
Julsmarshall OMG! I‘m so excited!! 10mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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1. Fall!!!!
2. Reading on my deck.
3. Fabled in Texas and The Strand in NYC
4. My family who love me and all my foibles ♡

@eggs

Wanna play @DinoMom , @DebbieGrillo , @Soubhiville

Eggs Love #4👏🏻📚❤️ 10mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - part 1 of my #poutinepenpal swap parcel went in the mail today.

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Slajaunie
Great Reckoning | Louise Penny
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Pickpick

Love some Louise Penny! ❤️💙📚📖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey!! Just checking to see if your box arrived! I hope you are having a great day! 13mo
Slajaunie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Not yet. I will let you know when it does. 13mo
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Susanita
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Pickpick

I have a sweet spot for this installment because I went to a book signing with my sister and her friend when it was first published. I just didn‘t know it would take me so long to get to it! I really liked the story and thought everyone got a little moment to shine, including Three Pines. Armand‘s new job as head of the police academy seems to be a good fit for him. The mystery was well developed, and the twists made sense.
#seriesread2021

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 1y
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Susanita
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Tagged book should be off the hold list in the next few days.
1. a. Make phone calls. As an introvert, I hate doing this, even if it‘s rarely as uncomfortable as I tell myself when procrastinating about it.
b. Make banana bread before the latest bunch is too ripe.
2. In all but the hottest and coldest weather I like to read on the patio.
3. A mashup of Laura Ingalls (hopefully lass racist), Kinsey Millhone, and Sam Gamgee.
#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 Thank you for playing x 1y
TheKidUpstairs I feel you. I have to psych myself up for the simplest of phone calls. 1y
Ruthiella I hate making calls too! Good luck on getting it over with. 1y
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Caroline2
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After two duds it‘s great to see Louise Penny is back in the game!! Gamache is now head of the police training academy...what could possibly go wrong!? I loved being back in Three Pines with all the usual characters and lots of food references! 😋 This comfort read was just what I needed. (And yes, I caved in and the Christmas tree is up already!! 🤦‍♀️)

rockpools Pretty! 2y
susurran Adore the Gamache series, always a cozy hug of a read (especially in audiobook format!). 2y
squirrelbrain Loving the tree! 🌲❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts A great tree 😍 2y
Bookzombie No shame. 😊 I have had my tree and decorations up since last weekend. 🎄 2y
youneverarrived Love the tree 😍 putting ours up at the weekend! 2y
Caroline2 @youneverarrived It does make you feel so cozy doesn‘t it. ☺️ 2y
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Caroline2
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It‘s been a stressful week, time for a comfort read. 😊

Abailliekaras 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2y
Bookwormjillk Love the map 2y
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 2y
susurran Gorgeous! 2y
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Jerdencon
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I had been wanting to read the next Gamache book that I was up to - but my library was closed since March and Libby and overdrive apps didn‘t have it. But I found out I was able to get a New York Public Library card and their on line library for ebooks is amazing! Was able to download this and start reading immediately! So excited to be back in Three Pines!

Graciouswarriorprincess Do you live in NY? How did you get a card? 2y
Jerdencon @Graciouswarriorprincess yes - I live in NY - I had to turn on location services on my phone when I applied for it and it seemed to know I lived here. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Jerdencon Thanks. I thought that you had to live in NY to get one. Happy reading and stay safe. 2y
AvidReader25 I love this series so much! 2y
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Mshookquilts
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Pickpick

I don‘t think I‘ve read a more perfect ending. Insidious evil, a game and a map...are they all part of the same mystery? Have you ever wondered why Three Pines is not on a map? I love how Louise Penny takes us deeper into the characters with each book. ....and did I mention, it was a perfect ending.

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Veebee
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The Surete academy in Canada is the setting of this interesting murder mystery. How the battle between good and evil persists everywhere, even in a police academy !

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mom2bugnbee
Pickpick

I'm so glad that I decided to enter Three Pines! I adore Inspector Gamache & his relationship with his wife.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

Strange to say that a murder mystery is calming, but being in the presence of Gamache and Reine-Marie was exactly what I needed right now.

rabbitprincess I find this series calming too 😊 2y
Bookwormjillk I saw Louise Penny speak last fall and she called her books hopeful mysteries which I thought was a perfect description 2y
Lcsmcat @Bookwormjillk How wonderful! I would love to hear her speak. 2y
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dr.vishalvernekar
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TrishB
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Pickpick

Actually managed a couple of hours reading today 😁 enjoyed my revisit to Three Pines, a real comfort read.
Turned my work phone off yesterday at 7pm....not putting back on until later tomorrow and have only watched the news for 5 minutes today. Feel a bit healthier today.

AvidReader25 I am loving this series so much! Three Pines is such a reading haven. I‘m in the middle of 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Good job setting boundaries. 2y
LeahBergen Good to hear. I‘ve been trying to stay away from the news today, too. Sending hugs to you! ❤️❤️ 2y
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TrishB @AvidReader25 it‘s a great series 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @LiteraryinLititz I‘m usually very bad and carry on with emails right through the weekend, but realised I‘m not helping myself at the moment 😁 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen and you Leah ❤️ thinking of us all across the globe. 2y
MallenNC Good for you for disconnecting from work and the news. It is hard for me to do that also but it is so good for us when we can. 2y
Lindy @LeahBergen @TrishB I vowed to stay away from the news for all of today. When I get itchy for it, I have turned to Litsy instead. Thanks for being here. 🤗 2y
Suet624 Sadly I have to admit I argued with Trump supporters most of the day on Facebook. Apparently that‘s how I deal with my despair. 🤦🏻‍♀️😳 2y
JennyM Sending love...lots of love ♥️ 2y
CarolynM Glad you're getting some down time. Sending love💕 2y
BarbaraBB I am so glad to hear you read a few hours. Staying away from the news at times is really helpful, I found out too. I am surprised @Suet624 that he has supporters left with his swinging policy at the moment - if you can call it policy at all. I do hope it‘ll cost him his re-election. 2y
Caroline2 Yes I‘ve been avoiding the news the past few days and I feel better for it too. 👍 2y
TrishB @MallenNC sometimes it‘s good to recognise we need a break. Take care ❤️ 2y
TrishB @Lindy I‘ve found Litsy is still that caring place it always is, we‘re just all a lot more worried. Take care 💜 2y
TrishB @Suet624 you‘re probably never going to win that one and just really upset yourself. I don‘t support my government and think many mistakes have been made, thankfully I don‘t have any of their supporters on my fb!! Take care ❤️ (edited) 2y
TrishB @JennyM and you Jenny ❤️ take care, you and your lovely family ❤️ 2y
TrishB @CarolynM to you too Carolyn, take care ❤️ 2y
TrishB @BarbaraBB hard not to give in to wanting to watch, but much healthier, take care 😘 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I watch the headlines at the gov briefing time. I can‘t watch all the really sad stories as I end up sitting their crying! Trying to save myself from them now, even though I know they‘re happening. Take care ❤️ 2y
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TrishB
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In another lifetime I had booked this morning off to get my hair done! My hair‘s still a mess but I‘m trying to use the time wisely to have a break and a read in bed.

Bookwormjillk Reading in bed sounds great 👍 2y
Cinfhen Your hair is always marvelous 💕💕 2y
JennyM It all feels so surreal now...and a million years ago 😞 hope you are holding up ok. 2y
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Lindy It‘s strange to see everything crossed off the calendar, isn‘t it. I‘m looking forward to putting the garbage out for collection this morning; an outing with purpose. 🙃 2y
Caroline2 It does feel like a lifetime ago doesn‘t it. I could kick myself, I booked my long needed hair appt for this wk too so obviously it‘s not going ahead but my hair is so long and tangled I‘m seriously thinking of cutting it myself now!!! 😬 ✂️ 😲 2y
CarolynM What a great way to spend the time! I looked at my hair tonight and thought it's getting a bit long and needs a cut. Oh well, it's going to get a lot longer! 😬 2y
Cathythoughts We will all be rocking the long hair .... 😁 2y
TrishB @Bookwormjillk lovely whilst it lasted 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen hats will be worn soon 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @JennyM good and bad days 👍🏻 hope you and yours are ok 😘 2y
TrishB @Lindy 😁😁 exactly ! My son has insisted on crossing everything out too so it looks really weird. 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I may be colouring mine in with a sharpie at this rate! 2y
TrishB @CarolynM we‘re all going to go running back to the hairdressers. 2y
Caroline2 I dyed my hair last night! It came out ok and it‘s cheered me up! 😀 Just need to work out how to cut it myself now....! 🤔 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I just ordered some root cover up stuff! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 it works. 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 thanks for email 👍🏻 will answer next week!! 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB No rush on the email Trish, I know you‘re busy and it‘s not like I‘m going anywhere!! 😆 I‘ve tried several of the spray roots things and I find they work quite well! But a bit sticky, like hairspray! 👍 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 👍🏻 not sure when it will get here! 2y
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AvidReader25
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Finally done with all the plays I needed to read. Yay! I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump, nothing is clicking. I‘m hoping vacation will give me some time to enjoy a book or two. 📚

Geenie Nice 👍👏 2y
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AvidReader25
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Pickpick

It seems with each book the author adds another layer of depth to these characters. Questions of philosophy are layered into each mystery. I thought the series would become repetitive and dull, and it has been the opposite. We harken back to old troubles while solving new murders. In this one, Gamache attempts to get at the root of the corruption in the police school for cadets, while also researching the history of an old map of Three Pines.

Joyfulmimi I may give her another try then. I did not like her first book. 2y
AvidReader25 @Joyfulmimi I didn‘t like it either! I had a few people tell me I just had to get past the first book but I didn‘t like it at all! The later books are so much better, the first two just lay the groundwork. 2y
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Readswithcoffee
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This series is so GOOD! Armand Gamache is a fabulous character. I hope the four Cadets introduced in this book show up in future books. This particular book is one of my favorites of the series.

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sherryvdh
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It has been a week for the books! We were without power for almost 4 days after the storm, and further cell/internet issues during and after. The last couple of days have been crazy busy trying to play catch up with chores that went undone during our power outage. All I want to do is #CurlUpAndRead. Last load of laundry just went in, so I'm grabbing 15 minutes before I have to pick up the eldest boy. Hope everyone's had a stellar week!

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Louise
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Pickpick

Another great #audiobook in this series. Louise Penny continues to surprise with her inventive plot lines and quirky characters. #mystery

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Bookwormjillk
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I was stuck in my chair for 12 hours today, but fixed that with a whiffle ball game with the kids, and a walk after dinner. I have been switching between Harry Truman and Louise Penny today. Truman to keep my brain active during repetitive work, and Penny for comfort. #litsywalkers #bfcr3

wanderinglynn That‘s a long time to be stuck in a chair. Glad you were able to have some fun! (edited) 3y
kspenmoll Great idea pairing non fiction with fiction I often do that. Penny & Truman🙌🏻🙌🏻 glad you got to move after being still so long! 3y
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Freespirit
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Thanks for tagging me 💕Anna @Erofan
📚I use very few social media platforms..I keep up with family and friends on Facebook
📚I grew up in the 60-70's, pen-pals were popular and I had lots! I still correspond with Jo my English pen pal. We have met up on our travels. Our English class wrote to their English class in 1973! Love getting letters❤️
📚Reading, gardening, quilting
📚Painting, yoga and mindfulness
#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 3y
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CarolynM
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Pickpick

Another visit to Three Pines and the warmth and wisdom of Armand Gamache. I found this mystery more satisfying than the last couple have been and I loved the new characters. I hope we'll be seeing them again.
My second book for #cozyinthesun

Librarybelle Love Three Pines and Gamache! 3y
Amiable I love the individual books themselves, but I especially love the narrative arc that is ongoing across the entire series. I eagerly await each new installment! 3y
CarolynM @Amiable Yes, the bigger picture gives the series an extra dimension that raises it above most other mystery series. 3y
ferskner Oh wow I've never seen this cover before! 3y
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MallenNC
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Pickpick

Another great visit to Three Pines! I really loved the very last lines. Now I care more about the ongoing storylines than the murder mystery in each book, although that is fun to guess about. Louise Penny really hit her stride in these last few books. I listened to the audiobook and discovered I‘d been pronouncing a lot of these names wrong! (I‘ve seen this series on some lists of cozy mysteries so I‘m counting it for #CozyinTheSun)

ferskner This definitely counts! I think of these as a cozy/police procedural mashup. I'm going to be reading some of them later in the month! 3y
Librarybelle I adore the Three Pines series! I think of them as a meatier cozy 3y
MallenNC @ferskner Thanks! I‘m never sure about the ones that feature police/detectives. I‘m hoping to read at least one more of these this month. 3y
MallenNC @Librarybelle I love this series. A few of the ones in the middle weren‘t my favorite but I‘ve really enjoyed the last few. I saw Louise Penny at an event last week and she was hilarious! 3y
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CarolynM
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This is the next book for me in this marvellous series set in #Canada. I was going to say "Don't bother to #GetOutTheMap because you won't find Three Pines on it", but when I read the blurb I saw that the discovery of a map is central to the plot, so my choice is even more appropriate!

#LetsTravelJuly #LilithJuly

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read this author but I keep hearing good things! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Haha great post! 👍 I‘ve only read the first book. 3y
Cinfhen What a perfect post 🥳🥳🥳 3y
KarenUK Love this! 💕.... and this has been on my #TBR forever! 🤦‍♀️ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good job!!! 👍🏻🙌🏻 3y
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Beccacraft
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I really enjoyed this book about a Canadian police academy, a murder, and a mysterious map, and was excited to find chances to listen (I listened via audiobook). I grew to love the characters, feel engaged with their life choices and searches, and care about what happened to each of them.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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I‘m about halfway through this book and loving it. Louise Penny is like comfort food.

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Kayla.Adriena
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Recent #Bookhaul from Half Priced books! Along with these thank you notes that look from Rifle Paper Co but aren't. Not pictured: books & goodies for swaps and penpal friends 😊 P.S where the #PennyPushers at?!

MrBook Wow!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
AlwaysForeverReading Although the Chiefs beat my Colts, I hope they win!!! 3y
Kayla.Adriena @ProfReader I'm sorry! I root for them because that's who my brother likes! I just can't stand Tom Brady! 3y
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Crazeedi @Kayla.Adriena @ProfReader go chiefs! 3y
Crazeedi Great haul 3y
AlwaysForeverReading @Crazeedi @Kayla.Adriena Yes. Go Chiefs!!! 3y
AlwaysForeverReading I thought I was the only one who did not like Tom Brady...lol glad I‘m not alone. 3y
Texreader Terrific book haul!! 📚❤️ 3y
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Christinak
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“The landlady was afraid of rats and cops.
But what she really should have been afraid of was words, ideas. Amelia knew that. And she knew that was why drugs were so dangerous. Because they blew the mind. Not the heart. But the mind. And the heart followed. And the soul followed that.”

Tamra I‘m listening to one now. 😁 3y
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Christinak
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1. “Armand Gamache sat in the little room and closed the dossier with care, squeezing it shut, trapping the words inside.”
2. 497
3. Particularly
4. Michel Brébeuf
5. Blue
6. Mystery / Crime Fiction
7. Michel / by
8. White
9. LP
10. No
11. 2016
12. Peter James
13. No I just started
14???
15. This is the 12th book in the series

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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

Another cherished escape to Three Pines. I'm in such an escapist place in my reading right now. I can't believe I only have one more left in this series! Is it just me or do these books just keep getting better?

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Bibliogeekery
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RaimeyGallant So pretty! 4y
BooksBikes12 Sometimes i feel like the green leaf. 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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RaimeyGallant Lovely photo! 4y
valeriegeary 😍😍😍 4y
Alicia The colors are so beautiful! 😍🍁 4y
Oryx Gorgeous! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Love the colours! 4y
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