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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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Nute
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I enjoyed this book. The mystery was a lightweight, but the setting, the characters, the humor and the nuggets of wisdom from Inspector Gamache and Myrna made up for that in every way. I‘ll revisit Three Pines!

CBee Lovely review! 😁 4d
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it. I think the series just gets better and better. 4d
Crazeedi So glad you liked! They get better and better, characters develop, etc. 😘💞 4d
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Nute @CBee Thanks!💕 21h
Nute @CarolynM @Crazeedi I‘m excited about this series and it seems like I will be happy for a very long time as I discovered that there are MANY more books to read. I‘m actually missing the community of Three Pines. Can‘t wait to get back.😊 20h
CBee @Nute can‘t wait to start this series! 20h
Nute @CBee I found the right descriptive phrase... it‘s a charming and picturesque murder mystery. I can‘t wait for you and I to be able to discuss them together.😊 19h
CBee @Nute sounds right up my alley! I‘ll let you know when I start it. Am thinking it will be my next read. 19h
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Avanders
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I needed something fall & cozy & escape .. & realized I‘d never read my *own* cozy for #coffeebeanbookclub (recently rtn‘d). Started & it‘s just what I needed (so far)!

Last night, 1 of my #cozyswap (Agatha Christie sized pkg 😉) arrived!!! I didn‘t know who sent it bc I forgot & decided to keep the surprise ... but then I was looking at #cozyswap tags & saw it... thank you @Catsandbooks !! Can‘t wait!! 🎃♥️

Also sent #SFMBC.. late 😬 @Chrys

Catsandbooks Hooray!! 🎉🍁😊 1w
Kayla.Adriena Just wanted to give an update, my cozy swap package will be sent out the 11th and not by the 9th but in plenty of time to arrive for opening day! 🍁🍂 1w
Mollyanna Love Three Pines! Enjoy! 1w
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Avanders @Kayla.Adriena okay thanks! ♥️🎃 @Mollyanna I‘m really excited — I‘ve heard good things for so long! 🌲🌲🌲♥️ 1w
Avanders Hi guys — let me know if you‘ve sent your package for #cozyswap .. if I‘ve missed a post, comment, or email, my apologies! @ferskner @gissy @leslieo @TheRomantiCate @MaleficentBookDragon @AlizaApp @BookwormAHN @kshakal @mreads @quietjenn @tdrosebud @JenlovesJT47 🎃♥️ 5d
tdrosebud I'm heading to the post office today, I was waiting for an item to get here. 5d
Avanders @tdrosebud ok thanks for the update! 🎃♥️ 5d
TheRomantiCate I‘ll be sending today. 5d
Avanders @TheRomantiCate ok thanks for the update! 🎃♥️ 5d
ferskner Going out Friday! 5d
Avanders @ferskner ok thanks for the update! 🎃♥️ 5d
JenlovesJT47 I just had surgery and the mail wasn‘t running last week here because of the hurricane but I should be able to mail mine tomorrow or Saturday 🙃 5d
Avanders @JenlovesJT47 oh no! Hope the surgery recovery is going well! And I know the hurricane caused some mailing issues 🤭🤭 Thanks for the update and hope everything else is going okay!! 🎃♥️♥️ 5d
mreads @Avanders just back from the post office will be posting in about 5 minutes 😄 5d
Avanders @mreads yay!! 🎃♥️ 5d
AlizaApp @Avanders planning to send Monday, just waiting for one more item that is supposed to arrive on Saturday! I will tag you when it goes out 🍂🧡 5d
Avanders @AlizaApp okay thanks! 🎃♥️ 5d
BookwormAHN I will be mailing mine on Saturday. 5d
Avanders @BookwormAHN ok thanks for the update! 🎃♥️ 5d
MaleficentBookDragon I picked my last element tonight. It will go priority tomorrow or Saturday morning. 5d
Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon 👌🏽 sounds good! 👏🏽👏🏽🎃🎃♥️ 5d
LeslieO Yes! Should arrive today. Forgot to post until now! 4d
Avanders @LeslieO 😘🎃♥️ 4d
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Nute
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Initiating my relationship with Louise Penny. The first book of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. It has a familiar comfortable feel to it: small town life, charming characters, a quiet unexpected demise and a deeply sympathetic police detective who admits from the jumpstart that “violent death still surprised him.” I have often wondered what I shall do when I finish reading Agatha Christie‘s collection. Now I know!
#SummersEndReadathon

Nute @Come-read-with-me Look at that pretty bookmark!😉 3w
Come-read-with-me @Nute You are so lovely for saying so! 3w
Scochrane26 That‘s a really cool bookmark. Unique 3w
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tracyrowanreads I started reading the Gamache books last month after a good friend of mine raved about them. And now I'm hooked. I'm waiting for number two to drop from the library. 3w
CarolynM I love this series! 3w
Crazeedi @tracyrowanreads @Nute you are going to fall in love with this series. The characters are delightful, the stories complex and immersive, I loved them all 3w
tracyrowanreads @Crazeedi I got that feeling almost from the start. So looking forward to reading more.
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rubyslippersreads You‘re all making me want to read this series. 😊 2w
Nute @Scochrane26 Thank you. It was a gift in the last Bookmark Swap event. 4d
Nute @tracyrowanreads @CarolynM @Crazeedi I was hooked within the first few pages. I love that type of setting - small town village with quirky inhabitants and everyone being shocked that there‘s an amoral type amongst them. I can‘t wait to revisit Three Pines! @rubyslippersreads I think that you will enjoy it. 4d
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TamAnder
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This was a hit for me! During our last book club gathering, those purposing this selection described it as filled with characters that could be your neighbors and friends. So true and with the added “who done it” plot. I also found myself remembering with fondness my honeymoon road-trip that took us into this region of Quebec and how beautiful it was. I immediately picked up another in this series to add to my TBR pile.

TrishB It‘s a great series 👍🏻 3w
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TamAnder
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Our book club selection for September. Just getting started but I can see why a couple members are already followers of her books. Excited to hear Louise Penny speak in two weeks from now at a local auditorium. What has been your favorite public appearance or book signing by an author? My only other was Ina Garten‘s “Cooking for Jeffery” Tour and she is the same in person as on social media and tv.

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HollyBahling
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I love to read because it transports me into another world. I love that when I get into a story, I can essentially vividly hallucinate for hours, forgetting the words and seeing the images instead as I read. I love leaving the world behind and getting to know characters like friends and experiencing their emotions as if they were mine. What about you?

SW-T Well said! I‘m the same with fiction, but with non fiction I read to stretch my brain and learn new things. 1mo
CherylRussell Same here! I really love when I get so absorbed that I‘m clueless as to what is going on around me. Irritates those around me at times because they must bellow to get my attention. 😆📚📚🥰 1mo
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Avanders
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My #cbbc (#cbbc2) book has returned home! (Tagged) *And* @Mommamanzi ‘s book received too! (So @MommyOfTwo — one more coming your way!) Thank you so much @Marmie7 for the cocoa, coffee, and amazing socks too!!! 🤗🥰♥️♥️

I hope to hear about a cbbc3 soon 😁😁
#coffeebeanbookclub

Marmie7 It's been fun sending to you! 1mo
BethM Great socks! Super stoked for round 3!!!! 1mo
Avanders @Mommamanzi 👆🏽 I will vouch for @Chrissyreadit ! ♥️♥️ 1mo
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Chrissyreadit I want to be in a cbbc! 1mo
Mommamanzi @Chrissyreadit send me an email at nicoleorlando@hotmail.com and I‘ll send you a little questionnaire to fit you into round 3! ❤️ 1mo
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Caroline2
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Louise Penny‘s Three Pines series is my go-to comfort read! #creaturecomforts #augustabc

IvoryLunatic The Name of the Wind is one of my all time favorites and probably my most recommended book. 1mo
Crazeedi Love all the Three Pines books!! 1mo
Eggs Beautiful collection 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Caroline2 @IvoryLunatic oh good to know! I haven‘t read it yet so I‘ll move it up the pile. 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB Thanks for getting me into these 👍🏻 and The Name of the Wind is great! 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB so glad you enjoy em Trish and it sounds like I really need to move The Name up my tbr pile! 😁 1mo
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UnabridgedPod
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I've had Louise Penny's Still Life, the first in her Inspector Gamache series, on my Kindle forever. I was prompted finally to read it by the recommendation of Sara on an episode of Unabridged. I‘m so glad that I finally picked it up, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. This book is one of the reasons I love mystery series: ⬇️

UnabridgedPod yes, it's the mystery, but it's more the continuation of compelling characters, and I love Gamache who is strong and brilliant and imperfect. A promising beginning to a series I'm sure I'll enjoy.⠀

Have you read Louise Penny's books? Which are your favorites? What other detective series do you enjoy?
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Johanna414 I just read this a couple months ago and have to agree with everything you said! Inspector Gamache is such a compelling character 2mo
UnabridgedPod @Johanna414 I can‘t wait to read book 2. ❤️ 2mo
IvoryLunatic I thought this was the first one in the Gamache series? Or was there a series with him before? I‘ve never really been a mystery fan but have been wanting to try again and figured this would be the best start. 2mo
UnabridgedPod @IvoryLunatic You‘re right—it‘s the first in that series. 2mo
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#24in48 The End!

Megabooks Congratulations! 🎉🎉🥳🥳👏🏻👏🏻📚🍾 2mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Yay! 🎉📚🎉 2mo
bromeliad Awesome job!! 2mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 2mo
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Mehso-so

I guess this just wasn‘t for me! I‘m not a mystery reader at all—murder just ain‘t my cup of tea, no matter how cozy! But I‘d heard picturesque Three Pines was populated with lovable characters I‘d want to visit again and again, so I thought I‘d give it a try! Unfortunately, I just didn‘t connect with the characters and I found the mystery scintillating enough to finish this one but not enough to read further books.

Kammbia1 The later books are much better than the earlier ones. Even though, you will not continue with the series, the books do get much better. 2mo
underground_bks @Kammbia1 maybe someday I‘ll pick up A Fatal Grace at some point! 2mo
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Avidreader25
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In the small Canadian town of Three Pines Jane, a popular local artist, is found dead in the woods. Is it a hunting accident or murder? This book introduces Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the quiet detective who watches the local towns folk to solve the case. Very charming, I‘ll continue the series.

“She felt if she could just get a good look at a person‘s bookcase and what‘s their in their grocery cart, she‘d pretty much know who they are.”

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wallacereads
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I bought this box set for a colleague. I am so jealous that they will be starting this series while I wait impatiently for the next instalment.

Crazeedi Oh I know what you mean! Coming in the fall!!👏👏 2mo
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Christinak
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🇨🇦😊 3mo
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EadieB
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Day 1 - #Canada #LouisePenny #LetsTravelJuly

Louise Penny is my favorite Canadian author!

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read her! I should fix that. 😊🇨🇦 3mo
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 I love her characters! They are very unique! 3mo
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Maman929
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After so many positive posts here about Louise Penny and Inspector Gamache, needed to check them out.

Crazeedi Great series 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#30JuneBooks I've enjoyed listening to the Inspector Gamache series on #Audiobook. I've listened to the first three books so far.
@howjessreads

LoverofLit Love Three Pines ❤🌲🌲🌲❤ 3mo
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Johanna414
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This isn‘t something I ever would have picked up on my own, but it‘s for my book club. It‘s got a very leisurely pace and I struggled with it at first but once the investigation picked up, I really enjoyed it. I loved Gamache! I‘m not sure if I‘ll continue with the series, but it was nice to read something a bit outside of my norm.

LoverofLit I adore Three Pines ❤🌲🌲🌲❤ 3mo
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BookaholicNatty
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Book #10 in the Modern Mrs Darcy Must Read mystery list! This book is the start of the inspector Gamache series which is great! I read this last summer at the beach and fell in love with the town of Three Pines. In this one a woman is found dead in the woods. Locals believe it was a hunting accident but Gamache expects there is more to it then that. It‘s a wonderful first novel to a series which will leave you wanting more!

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Kshakal
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I know that many people love these books but I had a hard time with it. It didn‘t draw me in and I didn‘t care about any of the characters or what was happening in the story. Not my cup of tea I guess.

robinb I wasn‘t blown away by it but thought it was good. Am hoping for even better as I read more. 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock I think I read this one and was puzzled by the hype. 3mo
CherylC Frankly, Still Life isn‘t the best of the series. It is the first, though, and sets up all the rest in the series. In Still Life you meet most of the important characters and the town. You begin to see the rich personalities of the inhabitants of Three Pines and of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his coworkers. I have come to love these dear people with all their imperfections and delightful attributes! I wouldn‘t miss a single one of the books 3mo
BethM I couldn‘t get into it. 3mo
Kshakal @BethM me either... I have heard that it gets better as it goes along but I don‘t know if care to continue! 3mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Picked this one up to complete the #newtoyouauthor for #booked2019.

Louise Penny has a cult following and I thought she‘d be perfect for this prompt. I really enjoyed this one and will continue on with the series.

CoffeeNBooks I started this series last month- my mom kept telling me how great it is! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m sooooo curious to try this author but I‘m not prepared to be sucked into a new series!!!! #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Cinfhen I had the same debate. 🤣 Which I listened to it on audio and I‘m hoping I can maybe dip in and out of the series. LOL. 5mo
Cinfhen Ahhhh!!! Good strategy 🙌🏻💕 5mo
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Addison_Reads
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@Crazeedi Thank you so much for the book and the very sweet card. 😍 I can't wait to read this!

I think my kitties might have smelled your kitties. I caught my littlest one Dot loving all over the envelope. 😀

Crazeedi My kitties my be sending a message to yours, unbeknownst to me!😉❤ 5mo
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razmanda
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This book was charming AF. I was really hesitant about the whole “cozy mystery” thing but the narrator was great, the characters were inviting, and Gamache is precious. I will definitely keep going with this series!

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CoffeeNBooks
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Finished another great audiobook while I cross-stitched. I can't wait to listen to the next book about Inspector Gamache!

CarolynM I love this series! 5mo
Zelma I‘m a newcomer to this series and love it! Only finished the first two as I don‘t want to fly through them. 5mo
Crazeedi Great series 5mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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The characters in this book are very rich and I love the depiction of a small town in the fall. The mystery kept me guessing! I look for forward to more of this series.

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HollyBahling
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I was so excited. However, poor casting and even more poor adaptation to film absolutely butchered what had the potential to be an amazing film series.
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Has anyone out there come across a book to film adaptation that blew you away with its accuracy? Or another one that just absolutely failed? Let‘s have a conversation!

rretzler I thought that Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies was well done - not 100% faithful to Tolkien, but in all, I enjoyed all 3 movies which kept to the spirit of the books for the most part. On the other hand, I hated what Peter Jackson did to The Hobbit. The first movie was somewhat faithful to the book, but it went downhill from there. There were loads of extra characters and things that weren‘t in the books. They were awful! 6mo
rretzler I really hate it when I watch a show or movie based on a book and it‘s been changed. I feel like the reason I‘m watching it is because I‘ve liked the book and I feel that the directors/producers are insulting my intelligent by trying to make it more exciting, or whatever they think they are doing by changing the story/plot/characterization. 6mo
HollyBahling @rretzler Although I haven‘t read the Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Hobbit I have heard the same thing from my brothers who are huge Tolkien fans! I remember it being a big family affair to go see the movies as soon as they came out. All 7 of us would pile in the car and escape to middle earth for the day. I‘ve been meaning to add them to my list so thank you for reminding me! 6mo
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HollyBahling @rretzler Yes I agree! If a book has enough of a following to be made into a movie then let it stand on its own! Don‘t change it into something you think will appeal to a wider audience. It will ruin it for the true fans who enabled you to make the movie in the first place! 6mo
Birdsong28 If you like what Peter Jackson did with the LOTR movies, which I agree with you on, then read the tagged book. I have just got it on audiobook. @rretzler 6mo
HollyBahling @Birdsong28 I‘m saving this for Christmas for my brothers! Awesome suggestion! Thank you! 6mo
Birdsong28 @Hollyreynolds0 My favourite book (Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks) was adapted for stage and screen (play and BBC film) and they ,although very good, just focus on the war bits and miss out a HUGE chunk of the middle section. 📚📖 6mo
HollyBahling @Birdsong28 Ugh. I feel like I would be so torn if it was well done but still left out parts. So you liked it? Even with the middle portion left out? 6mo
hjreviews Hands down, best adaptation I‘ve ever seen is the princess bride. I watched the movie as a kid before realizing it was actually a book, so of course I read the book. I was really scared reading the book was going to ruin my favorite movie but literally, I could already quote the book because I can quote the movie. It was amazing! 6mo
Birdsong28 @Hollyreynolds0 Yes I did like it as it kept the essence of the story so I was glad about that. To be honest the middle bit doesn't add much to the story but it would be nice to have an adaptation with it in as it would be nice to see it played out. 📚📖 6mo
MayJasper I avoid film adaptations of my favourite books to avoid disappointment. The worst adaptation I can recall was for one of Terry Pratchett's early novels. I think it was Colour of Magic. It didn't capture any of the humour to my mind. So disappointing. 6mo
HollyBahling @hjreviews A classic!!! We traded Ghostbusters for The Princess Bride when I was a kid! It‘s always a risk reading a book after seeing the movie first. You have the characters already cemented into your mind so it can be a struggle. But after your comment I‘m going to give it a shot! Another book I completely forgot about. Time to add it to the list! 6mo
HollyBahling @MayJasper After all the disappointments I feel like I need to start avoiding them too. How is it so hard to make a good movie when the story is already written!? 6mo
MayJasper I suppose we all take different things from a book and so it is unlikely to match someone else's view. But there are some adaptations where I wonder if the book had actually been read. 6mo
HollyBahling @MayJasper I 100% agree. The film comes out as how one would describe the book to someone. As if telling them the highlights and leaving out all other necessary character building and scene setting. 6mo
rretzler You should definitely read them if you get a chance. As with any book, they are so much more layered and nuanced than the movies. As I mentioned, I enjoyed The Lord of the Rings but hated The Hobbit. My husband who had not read them enjoyed them all! 6mo
HollyBahling @rretzler They are added to the stack! 😄 6mo
rretzler @hjreviews Yes, the Princess Bride was another that was true to the book and a great movie, too! 6mo
Tamra Oh nooooo! 6mo
rretzler @MayJasper I‘m interested to see how well Amazon‘s Good Omens will follow the book as The Man in the High Castle certainly doesn‘t (edited) 6mo
Tamra I thought the adaptation of Lonesome Dove was great! 6mo
HollyBahling @Tamra I‘ve never heard of Lonesome Dove but the description is intriguing! 6mo
Tamra @Hollyreynolds0 people who don‘t classify themselves as westerns readers end up loving it anyway. I‘d recommend either book or film, such memorable lovable characters! 6mo
HollyBahling @Tamra definitely adding it to my stack! Thank you for the great recommendation! 6mo
LRSmith Another second on Lonesome Dove. Powerful evocative. Captures the feel of the Western landscape with all its vastness. I wept over that book. (But then I‘ve cried at Kleenex commercials in my time so... wholly unreliable measure of what others may cry over.) 6mo
Tamra @LRSmith have you tried the movie? Terrific acting! I‘m going to rewatch soon. 6mo
HollyBahling @LRSmith I can relate to crying over commercials so I‘m sure I‘ll be crying as well! It‘s rare to find books that evoke such emotion so I am very excited! 6mo
LRSmith @Tamra I haven‘t seen the movie. When I love books that much and have such a clear vision of the characters,I tend to steer clear. Was it worth it? 6mo
Tamra @LRSmith it definitely was for me! Actors are wonderful at capturing the spirit of the characters. If I recall correctly it‘s long and divided into episodes. 6mo
HollyBahling @Tamra @LRSmith I feel like it is a good sign when they split them into episodes. It definitely hints that the directors aren‘t skipping important parts and are trying to get everything in! 6mo
Suzze I saw this movie on Canadian tv a few years ago. It sucked. 6mo
HollyBahling @Suzze Yes it did. It had so much potential but it just fell short in so many ways. 6mo
Zelma Ugh, that isn‘t Gamache at all. Nope, there is no way a movie or series will capture the magic of Three Pines. 5mo
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Redjewel_7734
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Loving Inspector Gamache even more on paper than I did in audio! I picked up so much more reading on the page than listening, though I did really enjoy the audio on this one. I think I‘m finding audio works best for me as non-fiction or rereads just for the story to stick with me the way I like. The characters just come to life so much better for me in my head as I read vs listen & the characters here are amazing 😍

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Pamwurtzler
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⬆️ I recommend this series all the time!
🛏 It gets made; I am not necessarily the one making it.
🌤 50 degrees F
🌭 People think this is weird, but I love Chrissy Teigen‘s Split Pea Soup with Crispy Hot Dogs
❤️ Hey!
#friyayi tro

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MissHel
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#2019readingchallenge “The First Book in a Series”
This was a very quiet mystery and almost gentle. Chief Inspector Gamache was pleasant. It‘s a nice world to inhabit if your own is kind of dreary.

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Bookboss
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Louise Penny has been on my TBR for several years. A few weeks ago I heard her discussed on a podcast, a colleague went to see her on book tour, and my boss recommended her book series. Sometimes you need a push to pick up a book, and sometimes you need three pushes. I am glad I read this. I have some quibbles with the style and characterization, but friends have assured me that the series gets better, and Penny‘s skill gets sharper.

Laura317 This is such a great series! Your friends are right - she gets better snd better. 6mo
CarolynM Love this series. It really does keep getting better, at least as far as I've got (the first 7) 6mo
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MissHel
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Guess what time it is! It‘s the wrong season for this book, but oh well.

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Librarybelle
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@bookwrm526 ...this went out in the mail today! #whodunitthesequel

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Louise
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I wanted to like this #audiobook more than I did, and I‘m hoping that the next books in the series will be better. It‘s nice to read something that takes place in Québec. Penny has created a setting and set of characters I would like to see again. However, there was a lot of “telling” rather than showing through action and dialogue, and that felt heavy handed at times. Some of the scenes seemed far-fetched and a bit contrived. A light read.

Tamra Keep going! I‘ve listened to the series out of order and the cast of characters grow on you. I was describing to my husband that the cast is akin to long running TV series such that each episode is more about them than the mystery at hand. IMHO 7mo
Louise @Tamra I‘m glad to hear that! Ever since listening to all the available Maisie Dobbs books, I‘ve been looking for a fun series to listen to. Maybe book #1 was the warm-up book! I‘ll definitely try out the next book. 7mo
Cathythoughts I found I loved the setting & characters .... but it was too light for me. ..... maybe I should try #2 too @Tamra 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts give an audio a try! I know it‘s sacrilege, but I wouldn‘t worry about the order either. I know there are strong opinions on that! 😉 7mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra thanks! I might do that ... audio is great for cleaning etc .... 👍🏻. I think I will 👍🏻 7mo
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TrishB Well, I need some new series like a whole in the head.....😱 but I won‘t be able to resist looking at them. Not a fan of French, read 3 and just doesn‘t do it for me. Read all Galbraith and have the Winspear ones ready to start (first 4). 7mo
Andrew65 It‘s almost more noticeable what great series aren‘t on the list than which ones are. @TrishB 7mo
cathysaid @TrishB You‘re welcome 🤪😬 I loved the Winspear ones until 6 or 7. Then they started to get repetitive for me, especially with the over-saturation in the market of WWII books. (BTW they‘re excellent on audio.) I‘ve read some Elizabeth George and really enjoyed the characters. As for Tana French...much like John Grisham, I feel the earlier work is much better than the later stuff. 7mo
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Cathythoughts This is all very interesting... I did try the first L Penny ... but not for me. I‘m interested in the sound of the Winspear series ... always on the lookout for good audible books too ... I think I‘ll try the first Winspear on audible 👍🏻Thankyou ! 7mo
cathysaid @Cathythoughts You‘re welcome! 7mo
Abailliekaras I saw this too - love Louise Penny but not sure any other series will do the trick. 😉 7mo
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I've been hearing good things about this series for years and just last week a good friend encouraged me to read them. I'm so glad I did. I love Gamache and several members of his team. I enjoyed getting to know Jane Neal's friends. And the town of Three Pines sounds like a wonderful place to live. Altho, the next book has a murder in the same town so maybe it's not so wonderful! 😁 I'm eager to read more and find out.

JennyM Great review. I plan to start this series too. People always tell me how great it is. 7mo
bookandbedandtea @JennyM I'll be eager to hear what you think! It will be nice to know another newbie is reading them. 7mo
CarolynM I heard about it for a long time before I started last year. I loved Still Life and I've now read the first 9. The good news is they keep getting better. I think you'll love them @JennyM 7mo
JennyM @CarolynM I remember you starting the series last year. To have read 9 already tells me how good they are. I think we‘re in for some good reading @bookandbedandtea 😊 7mo
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#CurrentRead and it's every bit as good as I've always heard.

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Emiller
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Louise Penny
Jasper Fforde
Neil Gaiman
Michael Connelly
Susan Vreeland

Not easy to choose just 5!!
@britt_brooke

britt_brooke It‘s so tough! Great choices! 7mo
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cathysaid
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Hour 30 challenge! My number one favorite series is the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. And as a close second, I enjoy the Department Q series. In fact, I just started the seventh in the Dept Q series. Pictured are the first in each series.
#24in48 @24in48

Mollyanna Love Three Pines! 8mo
kspenmoll Louise Penny‘s series is the best 8mo
Elma I love Dept Q! 8mo
cathysaid As do I! A few were better than others, but this one seems great so far. 8mo
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HollyBahling
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This was such an interesting and alluring read. I fell in love with Inspector Gamache almost immediately and highly enjoyed unraveling the mystery with him throughout the story. I was so excited to find out this is the first in a series that follows the characters in Three Pines through more mysteries! I cannot wait to read the book, A Fatal Grace. Louis Penny has definitely made me a fan for life.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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This was my read for #Booked2019 for an author that is new to me. I really enjoyed it. The characters are great and the mystery was not easy to solve. I struggle with writing where the POV changes every paragraph but once I got past that I liked it. #newauthortome #bookchallengefun

Bookwormjillk Love this series. You‘re in for a treat. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick! Tagging my cohosts to be sure you get counted for our giveaway. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 8mo
Caroline2 I love this series! 😍 8mo
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Finished my first book of 2019! I‘m absolutely charmed by Armand Gamache. #mystery #crime #cozy

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Perfect New Years Day. Fire, dogs, book, football... 🤓

TiredLibrarian Love this book and series! Enjoy 😊 9mo
Crazeedi Lucky you! Wish i were starting this series! It's really good, enjoy 9mo
MrBook 😻😻😻 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thank you! @TiredLibrarian @Crazeedi @MrBook I have never read her books - my neighbor recommended them. I'm really enjoying it so far. 😊 9mo
MrBook I think I've read one of her books. 🤔 9mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Gonna curl up with this one today and read...🤓🐶❤️

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Cozy reading by the fire...🤓

BookishMarginalia Love Gamache! 9mo
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ErikaB
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My mom is a huge Louise Penny fan, and I started the series on audio earlier this year. As any other fans know, this phrase is not exactly a compliment - although I have no legitimate argument against anyone comparing me to Ruth, because even I see the similarities. Thanks, Mom. (Top picture is the front of the mug, bottom picture is the back.)

BookishMarginalia What a fabulous mug! Love it! 9mo
ErikaB @BookishMarginalia Thank you! I just found out the store she got it from, Brome Lake Books, has other Three Pines merchandise as well so I may have to bookmark their site and keep watch for a sale! 9mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 9mo
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Bklover
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#AdventRecommends Day 15
First book in a great mystery series. If you haven‘t visited Three Pines read this and you‘ll wish you lived there!

Dragon 👍💚 🦆 9mo
Andrew65 Only read the first one and I need o get back to it. 9mo
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I am so fortunate and grateful to have really wonderful people in my life. Sometimes a friend comes along and it‘s great. And sometimes a friend comes along who is great AND gets who you are as a reader. It is a rare and beautiful thing. @TracyReadsBooks this is you. I love your book recs and your generosity!!!! And your lack of judgement about my book hoarding!😁😂 Thank you so much for this lovely and thoughtful Chanukah gift!♥️💕♥️

Libby1 Happy Chanukah! 9mo
ElishaLovesBooks @libby1 Thank you! 💕 9mo
TracyReadsBooks 🥰 I love and appreciate you and ALL of your books right back! (Book hoarding is right and proper!) Thank you for the kind words. You are a wonderful friend with a voracious, eclectic, and adventurous reading habit I love to support. Happy Hanukkah...a little late but then extended holiday celebrations are the best ones! 🕎💙📚💙🕎 9mo
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks ♥️💕♥️ 9mo
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mom2bugnbee
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I like cozy mysteries. I like Inspector Gamache. I'll read more. ☺

Laura317 This series is one of my favorites. Enjoy! 9mo
Lcsmcat If you listen to audiobooks, check these out. Ralph Coshen reads the 1st ten, and he‘s excellent. 9mo
mom2bugnbee @Lcsmcat I do! Thank you! 9mo
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On to my first Louise Penny! I'm 1/4 through and I already love Inspector Gamache. Willing to bet I'll be reading quite a few of these. #currentread #currentlyreading

LeslieO I‘ve only read the first one but I‘ve started collecting the series. 9mo
valeriegeary Three Pines is easy to love. 🤗 9mo
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Andrew65
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I‘d heard great things about this book but during the first 100 - 150 Pages wasn‘t really feeling it, but this book took off for me in the second half of the book which I then read non-stop. As a result I can definitely say I enjoyed the book and can see great potential for this series going forward. In the end not a run of the mill Detective book. Particularly liked the central characters and the way clues from earlier were referenced at the end.

BookaholicNatty I love Louise Penny!! 10mo
mreads Glad you liked it, I think it's a great series. 10mo
Andrew65 @BookaholicNatty @mreads I now need to quickly get to book 2 whilst I have the characters in my head. 10mo
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kspenmoll I have been hooked on this series since Still Life was published & eagerly await each new book. ❤️ 10mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll A great recommendation for the series! 😊 10mo
JamieArc Really, the true gem of the series is the relationship you build with the characters and the place. So because of this, they just get better the more you read them. I also love when questions of humanity are brought up. 10mo
Blaire So glad you liked it. The first one was not my favorite but is essential for setting up the series. It builds on this one and grows more wonderful. 10mo
Tamra I‘ve really enjoyed the audio versions - and yes the characters grow on you. I adore the foul mouthed poet, can‘t recall her name. Her character is a riot at times. 10mo
kspenmoll @Tamra Ruth!!! 10mo
Tamra @kspenmoll hahahahahaha yes! 10mo
BethM Maybe I'll have to try again. I bailed after the first 100. 10mo
Andrew65 @BethM I was definitely struggling for first 130 - 140 Pages and I wondered what others saw it in that I was missing, but definitely improved in the second half. I always like to give a new series 2 books, then if not working it‘s a goodbye. Some authors take a while to settle into the series. Others write a stunning first book, you think YES A NEW SERIES and then they can‘t match up to this initial promise. 10mo
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