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Still Life
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surt du Qubec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces---and this series---with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.
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Lauranahe
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Mehso-so

I feel like I‘m in the minority, because I thought this was only meh. The writing felt a little self-published to me, like it could be cleaned up. There would be scenes between characters, then someone would talk and I was like “that person been there the whole time? Where‘d they come from??” There were jumps in time and action that were very abrupt. But I did laugh a few times, and I appreciated the French jokes. And I did not guess the end!

TheKidUpstairs The series definitely gets better as it goes, as she develops her groove with it! 2d
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Bookish.SAM
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Pickpick

After a LONG week, this is all I wanted to do with my Friday night🍷📚❤️

I was very pleasantly surprised by this first of the series. Loved it and can‘t wait to read more. Bonus that this a (until recently unknown to me) 🇨🇦 author.

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terryduncan5719
Pickpick

My first Louise Penny. I didn't realize it was the first of all her books. It was engaging, easy to read. The characters were quirky and well described. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Then I discovered Three Pines on Amazon Prime! They did a great job with characters.

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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

My first Louise Penny. I‘m looking forward to getting to know the characters better.. lovely writing.

Tamra Happy 2023 Cathy! 😘🤗🎊 4w
CarolynM 👏👏 4w
Cathythoughts @Tamra Happy New Year 😘 4w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Yes ! I‘m a fan. It‘s 6.30 a.m. here and I‘m about to start book 2 4w
CarolynM Once you start it's hard to stop! And for the first 6 or so books they just keep getting better and better. 4w
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NikkiKey94
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Pickpick

I‘ve had this book on my TBR for way too long. I‘ve been watching the show Three Pines on Amazon Prime, which is based off of the Inspector Gamache series and it really made me want to go ahead and dive into the books. I really enjoyed Still Life! I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series because I really enjoy the characters.

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mcctrish
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June #12booksof2022 I finally started the Inspector Gamache series ❤️❤️ I went on to read 4 more this year and now I face the horrible choice of pacing myself so the world of Three Pines can last forever

Andrew65 It is a lovely introduction to the series. Always difficult pacing yourself so always have more to look forward to. (edited) 1mo
mcctrish @Andrew65 a true reader problem 😆 1mo
Karisimo I started last winter and now I'm up to book 7! I like pacing myself to match the season in which they take place! Number 6 was my favorite so far! 1mo
mcctrish @Karisimo that‘s a brilliant idea and now I will not want to wait to read book 6 🤣🤣 1mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Since I already own the first 8 of this series on my kindle it's time to get reading! @Andrew65 #serieslove2023

Andrew65 Think I‘ve read through first 3 and this is really a series I need to get back to . Good luck and enjoy. 1mo
mcctrish I started this series this year and I love it so 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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There‘s been a lot of talk on Litsy lately about Three Pines. So I decided to start the first book in earnest. So far it‘s a pleasure to read 👍🏻♥️

CarolynM I feel sure you‘ll be a fan too🙂 1mo
rockpools Aw, enjoy it! 1mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Ithink so already 👍🏻😁 1mo
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Cathythoughts @rockpools Thanks Rachel ! I hope you‘re having a lovely Christmas time. X 1mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts You too, Cathy! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll like it. I read this some time back, but didn‘t pick up the second book. Too many distractions! 😄 1mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I like it so far. Yes, lots of distractions. I hope all is well with you and yours Jessie ♥️ 1mo
TrishB Hope you enjoy 😁 the residents have many ups and downs! 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻😁 1mo
LeahBergen I have a copy of this and have told myself I‘ll get to it this year, too! 🤞 1mo
LeahBergen Well, NEXT year … you know what I mean! 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I know what you mean 👍🏻😂. Well , I‘m loving it, and I imagine you would really enjoy it too. 1mo
AvidReader25 I hope you enjoy it, but I went to add that the series just keeps getting better! I think the first two or three books are actually the weakest of a series and it‘s so worth sticking with it. 1mo
Cathythoughts @AvidReader25 Thankyou ! That‘s kind of you to share. I will definitely keep going 👍🏻😁 1mo
Tamra I only listen to the audio editions and enjoy them! It does take a few installments to build the reader relationship/attachment to the characters and the village, but it‘s worth it. I‘m also enjoying the adaption on Amazon. LOVE Ruth! Fuk Fuk Fuk 🦆🤣🤣🤣 (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Just finished the first one. I like the writing , I think she‘s a sensitive person Louise Penny , I like that. Yes , I‘d say it will take me awhile to settle into the series. Ruth 🤣😂 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I appreciate the philosophical & ethical elements she includes. Life is messy. 1mo
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Tamra
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I really enjoyed this screen adaptation. I‘ll be looking for more episodes - there is certainly a lot of material for inspiration!

TheKidUpstairs I do enjoy it, but I hope future episodes get more into the cozy side of Three Pines. The first two really went all in on the dark and foreboding feeling. And I can't, for the life of me, figure out why they name swapped Olivier and Gabri? 2mo
Tamra @TheKidUpstairs good question?! I think perhaps the cozy might come when Armand & Marie move to 3 Pines. 🤞🏾 Funny in my mind it‘s a lot smaller - more of a handful of homes on a square. 2mo
JamieArc @TheKidUpstairs I totally agree with you. I was thrown off guard when the first two episodes had all the three pines characters as cranky suspects instead of the characters we‘ve come to love. Especially Myrna. I get why, it being Gamache‘s first intro to them so they were suspects, but I hope this changes soon. 2mo
CBee It bugged me that the episodes were being marketed as based on Still Life but they were actually based on A Fatal Grace 🤷‍♀️ I love Alfred Molina as Gamache, though. 2mo
Susanita It‘s funny that the advertising mentions Still Life when they jump right in with A Fatal Grace. I agree the characters seem more cranky than quirky, but maybe that will change as Armand spends more time there. Love Alfred Molina! And I don‘t want to smack the TV version of Jean-Guy, so there‘s that. 2mo
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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

I couldn't relate to characters and I was really confused how detectives acted toward each others but also toward other people. There were scenes were they were rude, rolled their eyes etc. That was strange.

I loved this little village and it was cozy & atmospheric. But this being a mystery I thought I would get an intriguing plot and this wasn't that thrilling nor interesting as a mystery.

Thanks for recommendation @Andrew65 !

#SeriesRead2022

Andrew65 Oh dear 😔 Feel like I should say sorry. I‘d read a few towards the back end which I felt were better than the opening book. 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
JamieArc I always tell people not to read this book for the mystery element. They get much better as you go along - as the characters develop. 2mo
PageShifter @Andrew65 No reason to be sorry! I believe this gets better when you continue the series, and @JamieArc already confirmed that 🥰 2mo
TheSpineView Awesome 2mo
Andrew65 @PageShifter Often the first book in a series can be disappointing, and they get better as they go along as the characterisation develops. (edited) 2mo
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Julsmarshall
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The new amazon prime adaptation of Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache series is delightful! I love the casting choices and it is so well done 🥰 Can‘t wait for the next episodes!

LiteraryinLawrence How exciting! I somehow missed that they were making a tv version of this! 2mo
MallenNC I really enjoyed it too. I went in with no expectations. I can‘t wait to see the rest of the episodes. 2mo
CBee I just noticed this the other day and was hoping another Litten would have watched it! I‘ll be starting it soon!! 2mo
KathyWheeler My husband and I both really liked it. He wasn‘t familiar with the books; I‘d read two of them. 2mo
Susanita Some interesting choices, but I love Alfred Molina as Gamache. 2mo
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corireadslife
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For Louise Penny Fans, Three Pines is out on Amazon Prime and it is AH👏🏻MAZ👏🏻ING! I just finished book #17 last week so it was so fun to see the characters come to life. Highly recommend!

#ThreePines #StillLife #LouisePenny

Bookwormjillk Good to know! I love that series so much I was kind of afraid to watch it. 2mo
corireadslife @Bookwormjillk it is a little bit different from the book but I really think they nailed it! The whole vibe is very fitting. Let me know what you think if you give it a watch. 2mo
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Tamra
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What???? 😲 I‘m not going to get my hopes up too high.🤞🏾

ChasingOm ‼️‼️‼️ 2mo
JamieArc Some aspects caught me off guard - weren‘t what I was expecting, but still enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing how it develops. 2mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Panpan

A local artist is found dead on a hunting trail in small town Three Pines, Quebec. The investigation as a possible hunting accident goes in an unexpected direction for Inspector Gamache.

Full disclosure, I bailed on a later book in this series. While Penny‘s scene setting is great, her style was overly tell instead of show for characters. The mystery kept me guessing, but felt convoluted & thrown together. & I didn‘t connect to anyone. 🌕🌕🌑🌑🌑

tpixie Interesting. My friend has been trying to convince me for users to read this series. I‘m hesitant to start a series… 2mo
ozma.of.oz @tpixie I‘ve seen a lot of love for this series here and on Goodreads. So it might just not be my thing. I‘d give at least the first book a try if you‘re considering it. It‘s very self contained for the first in a series. 2mo
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Ruthiella I also never warmed up to Penny‘s mix of quirky characters and procedural mystery. But so many readers love this series, it always makes me think I am missing something. 2mo
tpixie @ozma.of.oz @Ruthiella you 2 have my wondering if I‘d like the book or not!!! 2mo
Karisimo The first few are a little slow, Penny really hits her groove by book 5 or so? If you‘re willing to invest in the series, it eventually pays off… 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I have also bailed on a book in this series and don‘t intend to try another. I agree with what you wrote! 2mo
sarahbellum I was also underwhelmed by this one. I‘m glad Penny found her readers, but I‘m not sure if I‘ll ever pick up another of hers 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Susanita
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Still Monday for me! 😎

📘People of the Book
🖊️Louise Penny*
🎥Pan‘s Labyrinth
🎤Pink Martini
🎶Planet Claire (B-52s)
#manicmonday #letterP

*I‘m embarking on a reread of the series, and I see the beginnings of some of her writing quirks that annoy me, but I adore Gamache and Three Pines enough to overlook the quirks. She‘s also a wonderful speaker at book events as well as very passionate about reading, journalism, and the mystery genre.

CBee Still Monday for me too, obviously 😂😂 Can‘t wait for it to be over 🤪🤪 2mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Guess who‘s at an InstaCare?!? 🙃🙃

ETA: Good news! The hand is not broken, just very, VERY bruised! 😂

Ruthiella Not again. 😬❤️ 3mo
ozma.of.oz @Ruthiella Right?! 😂😂 But it‘s actually for something new this time, so at least it‘s something different.? 3mo
Ann_Reads Oh no! Hope you're feeling better soon. 3mo
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ozma.of.oz @Ann_Reads Thank you! 3mo
SamAnne Hope you are okay! At least you have a book! 3mo
TheBookHippie Oh dear. Hope you get quick care! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! Take good care! ❤️ 3mo
sarahbellum Oh dear! Wishing you a speedy recovery! 💕 3mo
Yuki_Onna Oh my... 😧All the best to you! Sending love and bruise-healing vibes to the other side of the world! 🤗 3mo
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sarahbellum
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Pickpick

Can you tell Basil was ready for dinner? 😸

Soft pick for this month‘s #diversecozy. I enjoyed learning more about the French/English tension in Quebec, something I didn‘t know much about as an American. I also felt like this book had more heart than other mysteries- everyone had very real emotions and I think that made the death feel more real to the reader. ⬇️

sarahbellum It felt like Penny was doing too much in this one though and some threads got completely buried/abandoned. I hear this series gets better with time, so I‘m willing to chalk up my lukewarm feelings to Penny being a newbie and will probably pick up book 2 at some point (edited) 3mo
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sarahbellum
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That COVID booster though 😵‍💫. Got my loyal Dr. Pup keeping an eye on me while I make some headway on this month‘s #diversecozy 🥰
#dogsoflitsy

AmyG Ugh, all the covid shots have made me feel awful. Hope it passes soon. 3mo
Monica5 My last booster did me in. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Looks like you have a good Doc🐶 3mo
sarahbellum @AmyG @Monica5 thank you! 🤗 3mo
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kspenmoll
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Finished my reread. I originally read it in 2005 when it was first published. Such fun to become reacquainted with its characters, community, setting. I forgot enough to not remember whodunit until the very end. Plan to reread series over time.

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kspenmoll
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🍁 pumpkin spice latte
🍁 raking a huge pile of leaves & jumping in.
🍁tagged book- thinking I may reread it; I read it when it first came out in 2005!
#wondrouswednesday
Any and all Littens invited to play 🍁

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 🍁🎃 4mo
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Susanita
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1. Cider
2. Leaf peeping
3. Tagged
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🍁 4mo
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staci.reads
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Pickpick

I've been hearing about this series and this author for awhile now. I don't read many mysteries, so I was hesitant, but this was was as much a study of a community and its residents as it was mystery. The author made the setting come alive, and there were lots of interesting characters. I can see why people get hooked. I will definitely read more of this series.

CogsOfEncouragement After being on my tbr for a couple years, I read this in the autumn of 2020 and loved it. I‘ve continued with the series, making sure to read each book at the corresponding season it is set. I just started #8 The Beautiful Mystery last night which is set in early autumn. Consistently good, and available from my library. 4mo
JamieArc I think you pinpointed why so many of us love this series : for the characters and community. When people ask about this series, I always say not to read it for the mystery, but the characters. And as you read, they continue to become complex people and grow on you. 4mo
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Kazzie
Pickpick

I enjoyed this book - real page turner. What sets it apart is the lovely Inspector Gamache - an intelligent observant man. The author‘s ongoing unnecessary fat-shaming is irritating - didn‘t take away from the story but then why include it?

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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I started a re-read/listen of this series this week. I enjoyed this first book in the series when we don‘t know who‘s a murderer and who‘s comic relief.

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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

As someone who doesn‘t naturally gravitate toward mysteries, I‘m happy to say this book was thoroughly entertaining. I loved the setting a lot, the cast of characters are interesting, and the mystery definitely kept me guessing until the end. My only little issue with it was that I couldn‘t make the ending make sense in a realistic way (still don‘t see the motive), but that didn‘t take away from my enjoyment.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

vivastory I've had this on my TBR shelves for awhile now. I have heard that the series gets better with each entry. I was just thinking this morning that I should give it a go. 6mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory omg this one has been on my shelf for a loooong time. I definitely want to read more but who knows when I will get to that. 6mo
vivastory I recently read that there's almost 20 in the series. I knew that there were a lot, but that really caught me off guard! 6mo
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MicheleinPhilly @sprainedbrain @vivastory I bought the first 3 in this series years ago as they seem universally beloved. Still haven‘t started but what else is new? 😉 6mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @sprainedbrain I'm in good company! I'm currently wearing my No Gods. No Masters. Only TBR Piles t-shirt 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory I‘m wearing my Read More Books t-shirt. I should really take a sharpie to it to read Buy More Books. 6mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly 😂 I swore that I wasn't going to buy any books until next month & then last night I saw something online about Harriet Books was struggling so I bought a couple of books from them. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory Thankfully they just got a huge boost from someone on the West Coast. They gave $5K to a non-profit that buys books with the stipulation that the books be purchased from Harriet‘s. 🙌🏼 6mo
sprainedbrain @MicheleinPhilly @vivastory I‘m 100% certain I got the first one because of Litsy… I have piles of books around here that I‘ve had since Litsy started and I just keep buying more. 😂 6mo
Librarybelle Love this series! And yes, they do get better 6mo
Bluebird One of my favorite series! And I agree with @Librarybelle, they do get better. I‘ve read most by audio—they are beautifully read. 6mo
Ann_Reads I've also had this sitting on my bookshelf for years! There are so many positive comments about this series, yet I always seem to pass the book over for something else. 6mo
BookBosomed1 Love this series! 6mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I saw that about the $5k. Some great news! 📚📚 6mo
mcctrish It took me FOREVER to start this and one book in and I‘m a believer 6mo
mcctrish @vivastory I need that t shirt 6mo
vivastory @mcctrish I bought it on Void Merch 👍 6mo
ShelleyBooksie I LOVE this series so much. I've never seen that cover - it's awesome 6mo
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elkeOriginal
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Pickpick

Loved this intro to Three Pines and Armand Gamache! The writing was right up my alley and it was surprisingly much deeper and wider than just a murder mystery. The Quebecois world and characters drew me in and the subtle humor, interesting (oddball?) characters, and outright zingers were well placed to lighten the darkness. I now ‘get‘ why people literally search for Three Pines!
I have already started book 2…
#gamache #threepines

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Pickpick

I read this book in pieces over a long period of time, which I think impacted my enjoyment. The mystery felt like it unfolded so slowly, but also I know I was just reading the book slowly. I‘m still making this a pick, but I didn‘t love it. Should I give Louise Penny another try on a different book? (This paperback was a Goodwill find!)

CogsOfEncouragement I‘ve read seven of them and plan to read the eighth in autumn as I know that is when it is set. I personally enjoy the series. I‘ve never taken more than about a week to read one though. 6mo
JamieArc I don‘t read her books for the mystery really. It‘s all about the development of the characters and their relationships. So if you‘re into that, yes, read the next in the series (I wouldn‘t read them out of order). 6mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @CogsOfEncouragement Yes, I think if I read another one I need to be intentional about reading it at a faster pace. Then I think I‘d enjoy it more! 6mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @JamieArc Good to know! Maybe if I stick with it I‘ll become attached to the characters, and that will help a lot. 6mo
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kspenmoll
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A day late…
☕️would love to meet Louise Penny

☕️I recommend her whole series. Start with tagged book & read them in order.

☕️I am grateful for coffee & this morning‘s gorgeous sunrise

Eggs Beautiful post! Thank you 🙏🏻🌹🥰 6mo
Susanita I‘ve seen her speak at a couple book things, and she‘s very engaging. 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

My first trip to Three Pines, but it won't be my last. Delightful (and delightfully awful) characters, a beautiful setting, and an intriguing mystery with just the right amount of suspects and red herrings to keep you guessing and make you wonder without feeling like the author was just trying to trick you.

I know I'm late to the party. Louise Penny was just one of those blind spots, an author I should have read but just never got around to.

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mcctrish
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Pickpick

Finished on my prep this morning. I am a fan for life. I‘ve got library books to read now, it might kill me not to start the next in this series

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TheKidUpstairs
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Boys are at school, baby girl is happy on the trampoline, I've got my tea, let's unmask the killer!!!

kspenmoll Enjoy! 7mo
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mcctrish
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I‘m in big trouble with this series. I don‘t want to do anything but read. I was immediately drawn into the story and I know that each book going forward will feel like home when I start them BUT there are some characters in this that are drawn so expertly and I just HATE them so much I just can‘t believe it 🤯 this is going to be the summer of Louise Penny unless someone physically puts themselves in front of the books

AvidReader25 It just keeps getting better!!! 7mo
mcctrish @AvidReader25 ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
ShelleyBooksie Hehe. Amazing series. I make myself space them out on purpose. 7mo
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mcctrish @ShelleyBooksie that is the sensible thing to do for sure 7mo
CoffeeNBooks I love this series! 7mo
TheKidUpstairs Yup. Started yesterday, I'm already 2/3 of the way through. I'm loving how she draws the characters, they all feel very genuine. Only downside so far - it makes me want delicious food and wine every time I pick it up! And I have no wine, and it's too hot to cook the comfort food she keeps talking about! 7mo
mcctrish @TheKidUpstairs 🤣🤣 I bought a ham and Brie croissant for dinner because of this book!!! 7mo
mcctrish @CoffeeNBooks I‘m a LP fan for life now 7mo
ShelleyBooksie You inspired me to start another Gamache book :) 7mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"He knew it was there, that opiate of the Anglos. And his hand clutched the box just as the kettle whistled. Violent death demanded Earl Grey."

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mcctrish
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Finally starting the Armand Gamache detective series

TheKidUpstairs I just started this today, too! 7mo
mcctrish @TheKidUpstairs look at us book twinning ❤️❤️ 7mo
kspenmoll Excited for you! I am waiting patiently for her next book@out this fall. 7mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll I have the first 3 and then I might need to do the library thing 7mo
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Magpiegem
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23/22 It took me less than 24 hours to finish this 11 hour audio book 😳 I listened every second I got and just loved it. One of those rare mysteries where I was not too bothered about what had actually happened because I just wanted to stay with the characters in there lovely little town. I have dived straight into the next book but really must stop listening now and get some sleep!! Read for #booked2022 #setinacanadianprovince 4⭐️

BarbaraTheBibliophage I really want to start reading her. 8mo
Cinfhen That‘s the best type of recommendation!!! Must try this series!!! 8mo
Magpiegem @BarbaraTheBibliophage & @Cinfhen definitely give her a go. This book had a lot more depth then the average cosy mystery… I‘m not sure you would even count this as cosy but they do talk about hot chocolate and cosy fires A LOT 😂 so it has a hint of cosy about it! 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Magpiegem Haha. Right now as summer starts here, hot chocolate is not on my mind at all! 8mo
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Magpiegem
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Having a coffee pit stop on my morning walk. Listening to this book which I‘ve wanted to read for a long time and totally understanding all the love for it so far!

Cinfhen Love your view 😍 8mo
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ProudBookNerd
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Really enjoyed the book that introduced the world to Inspector Gamache. The descriptions of the town, the conversations between the characters and their inner dialogue was wonderful. It was not over the top, the characters were interesting and I look forward to reading what they get up to next in book 2.

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OriginalCyn620
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this but I didn‘t hate it either. For a mystery, it seemed a little slow-paced and not very suspenseful. I did like the MC, though!

#bookspinbingo - my #bookspin for this month!
#booked2022 - set in a Canadian province

Cinfhen Well played 🎉 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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Cloverlover

So glad I found this author!

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RebL
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I can now say I spent time in Three Pines. I can‘t say that I finished the work that begun with this photo. I‘d recommend the book but not the plumbing problems.

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AmandaBlaze
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I chose this one because a lot of time is spent in the cafe\bistro.
#SavvySettings #cafe
@Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

jlhammar Good one! That‘s a fun series. I need to get back to it. I think I made it through #5. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🤩 📚 11mo
Eggs The ever-present bistro! Love this series❤️ 11mo
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CaitZ
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Pickpick

This started slow for me and I almost put it down. I'm glad I stuck with it because I ended up really liking the story. #Booked2022 #SetInACanadianProvince @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!!! I know this author is well loved - glad you enjoyed it😃 11mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

This is one I purposely read for the #PopSugar22 challenge- a book that's going to become a series this year. Plus, I've never read Louise Penny before and as someone who sells books, I feel like that was a gross oversight especially since I love a mystery. I quite enjoyed this book- it felt like a gritty cozy because of the small town setting. I can't wait to see the painting brought to the screen!
#Readin22 #Pantone22

Nute I really enjoyed this book. I need to get back to the series. There are quite a few books now. 11mo
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RainyDayReading
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Pickpick

Low pick. I enjoyed my time with this one, but not sure I‘d call it a new favorite. But I‘ll probably continue on with the series just so long as Agent Nichol isn‘t in them because she was awful and I hated reading the scenes she was involved in. Gamache is charming and while I guessed the killer early on, I had the wrong reason. Overall not a bad mystery with engaging characters. #NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot

PuddleJumper She is in other books but I don't remember her having a big part in any of them 12mo
RainyDayReading @PuddleJumper As long as it‘s not a big part. She really just got under my skin and my tolerance for annoying characters is rather low at the moment 😅 12mo
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Eva_B
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Mehso-so

I chose this book because I‘d seen some good reviews and wanted to find a new ‘detective‘ series. I didn‘t really enjoy this one. I found the writing clunky and I wasn‘t drawn into the mystery. I‘ll have to keep hunting 😊

Christyco125 I had the same feeling about the first one. Think of it as more of an introduction to a bigger world. The stories get more interesting and the characters get way deeper the longer you follow the series. 12mo
Eva_B Thanks for that @Christyco125 😊 12mo
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Michael_Gee
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Pickpick

Grounded in relationships, emotions, and inner-life, this murder mystery is about what gives life meaning. The victim‘s death was one moment in a surging stream of many beautiful others, and that is recalled lovingly through the grief of her artistic community of chosen family. Every character, whose minds we skip to rapidly through the novel, is challenged to grow and learn. Some choose not to, and theirs are the “still” lives.

vivastory Fantastic review. I've been meaning to read this for awhile & your review has definitely bumped it up my TBR 14mo
Michael_Gee @vivastory oh, great! I hope you like it, too. It was recommended to me months ago. I was on the library‘s wait list for awhile before it became available but it was easy to read it all before the due date. 14mo
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Susanita
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1. Decoding Despacito, Winter Counts, The Angel‘s Game
2. Pumpkin pie
3. Going with another Louise Penny for this (tagged)
#weekendreads

Thanks for the tag!

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DebbieGrillo
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1. Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp
2. Apple Crumble
3. Still Life by Louise Penny

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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kspenmoll
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#thoughtfulthursday

📚such a narrator can be confusing, but once I know I can have a better handle on things. Don‘t really enjoy such a narrator.
📚bookmarks, bookish apps on my phone
📚 a Louise Penny fan since Still Life was published & I discovered it in a bookstore. Wait every year for her next installment.