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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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MyNamesParadise
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I listened 2 the 1st book in the Gamache series & perhaps bc of that I had problems following at times. It changed perspectives so many times it was hard to keep track. I think I‘ve been reading/listening to just thrillers that it was challenging to listen to a slower paced mystery. I liked the reveal at the end & more of the pieces came together. I will give the 2nd in the series a chance. Most likely on audio.

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Shemac77
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Lovely to start from the beginning again. Three Pines and Gamache are two of the best characters in fiction.

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CatLass007
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#NationalEggMonthChallenge @TieDyeDude Thanks for the tag!! 1) Tag a favorite mystery you‘ve read: This is the first book in the brilliant Armand Gamache/Three Pines series. Her writing is so poetic! 2) What is your favorite way to prepare eggs? If I‘m eating out, I enjoy Eggs Benedict or a good omelette. I‘m not really much of a cook but I will occasionally scramble up some egg with my cheese. Also deviled eggs or egg salad. Join in!

TieDyeDude We had to institute a two egg limit when my mom made deviled eggs for holidays so everyone was able to have some 😅 2mo
CatLass007 @TieDyeDude Two whole eggs or two half eggs? We never instituted a limit, we just knew to make extra for Daddy. Everyone else was expected to just have self control.😂🐣 2mo
WildAlaskaBibliophile ❤🍳 thank you for playing! 2mo
CatLass007 @WildAlaskaBibliophile Thanks for posing the unusual question. 2mo
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Shemac77
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Next audible.

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bthegood
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A perfect first book to a series. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team (Inspector Beauvoir and Agent Nichol and Agent Lacoste) are investigating the death of Jane Neal in Three Pines (Quebec). The cast of characters, setting, and mystery are well written. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

Book 1/19 #SeriesLove2024
Book 1/2 for #MarvellousMarch goals.

Make a great day everyone 🙂

TheSpineView Fantastic!❤️📖📚 4mo
bthegood @TheSpineView thx for hosting🙂 4mo
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BookishBelle
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Catch-up post #5: I was very happy to get around to reading this. It was a top notch murder mystery and I am happy there are so many in the #Series to catch up on!

Bookwormjillk They get so much better too! 7mo
BookishBelle @Bookwormjillk Good to know! Thanks! 7mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I only managed the first two books in this series this year so hoping for more in 2024! @Andrew65 @TheSpineView #serieslove2024

CatLass007 I think this a wonderful series! I‘ve completed the first 14 books and finishing the rest of the series this year is one of my goals. 7mo
CoffeeNBooks This is a great series! 7mo
TheSpineView Great series! Enjoy! 7mo
Andrew65 It‘s a wonderful series, and one I too need to make good progress on. 7mo
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LeticiaToraci
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Mehso-so

This is interesting enough for me to continue the series even if I didn't like some things in the plot.

Bookwormjillk They get better from here. 7mo
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KathyWheeler
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I liked this book well enough. I‘ll definitely read more. I don‘t get the one star reviews on Goodreads. I really enjoy Gamache as a character. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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I love that Gamache is afraid of heights! I can relate. Because I watched the Amazon show, I picture Alfred Molina as the inspector. I hope Nichol gets better. Right now, she‘s annoying. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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This book seems to get mostly “meh” reviews, but I do want to read the series, and this is the first one. So far, it seems fine to me, but I‘m only a few chapters in. #audiowalk

Librarybelle I love the series, and I really liked the first one. But, the books do get better, in my opinion. 8mo
KathyWheeler @Librarybelle That‘s what I‘ve heard. 8mo
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CaitlinR
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“‘You described a personality type. The ones who lead what you called “still lives.” Do you remember?‘”

“‘Yes I do. The ones who aren‘t growing and evolving. The one‘s who are standing still. They‘re the ones
who rarely get better.‘”

Rereading Penny‘s Still Life which is just as good as I remember! Going to read the series ( on Libby during appointments) to catch up on the one‘s I‘ve missed.

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BookNAround
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Finally starting last month‘s #doublespin while Gatsby naps. Just a tad late. LOL! #serieslove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

dabbe Oh, Gatsby. #toocuteforwords 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
CogsOfEncouragement I just finished The Nature of the Beast. I‘ve been enjoying the series for a couple years, reading each book in the month/season it is set. 10mo
TheSpineView ❤️📖📚 8mo
Andrew65 An excellent choice. 8mo
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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 11mo
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Jgacreations
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Mehso-so

It was a little boring and pretty easy to guess the killer mid way in.

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Jen2
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I‘m caught up with the paper books, going back to listen to them. Three Pines is my happy place.

TiredLibrarian Agreed! 12mo
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Twainy
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🎧 Starting a new police procedural series. This was a solid start.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is our MC. There‘s a mysterious death of an artist to investigate. I look forward to the next book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Twainy
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I somehow thought I needed to start another long series …

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JenReadsAlot
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Finally getting around to this. First book was decent but will continue as reviews say the series gets better. #serieslove2023 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great job! Hopefully they will get better. 1y
FlowerFairy I‘m late to the party as well. Am currently on book 6. Have been reading this series like it‘s my job. LoL And yes, they get better and better with each book. 1y
JenReadsAlot @FlowerFairy LOL! Good to hear! 1y
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Lizwarnerpdx
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A murder mystery set in the tiny French-Canadian village of Three Pines outside of Montreal. When a beloved member of the community, Jane, is murdered the villagers help Chief Inspector Gamouche find out who among them is the culprit.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Currently on the fence about continuing in the series, and about whether the better category would be cozy mystery or cheesy mystery (but cultured 🧀...camembert? Brie?).
It introduces characters that you can see will have room to develop, some in dire need of growth, and it certainly gives charming autumn village vibes. Smidge melodramatic, people with secrets, doesn't feel ugly like a thriller...but a lot of regrets. Just too much? 🤷🏼‍♂️

Robotswithpersonality ⚠️Fatphobia; Smudging in a non-indigenous rite setting (co-opting religious practice) 1y
CSeydel This series did not grab me as much as I hoped it would. 1y
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Robotswithpersonality
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I sense a pun. It's been decades since grade school French, but wouldn't Malenfant => Mal | Enfant => Bad Child => André Bad Boy?! 🤔😄

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Robotswithpersonality
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Curious what would happen if I found some tea drinkers to poll. Is this an inherent truth? What would a barista recommend in such circumstances? 🙃

Caroline2 Love this! I am all about the healing powers of earl grey. It is my go to comfort drink. ☕️ 👍 1y
Robotswithpersonality @Caroline2 First results of the poll are in: confirmed! ☺️ 1y
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MelKelsey
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Book 26

I read it for a book club, the 1st in a series of mysteries w/ Inspector Gamache, the antithesis of the stereotypical detective.There are an overwhelming amount of mostly-dimensional characters, and the whodunit is surprising. However, there are so many red herrings and plot points left unfinished that I felt confused.Apparently these issues will be elucidated in succeeding novels, but I'm uncertain I want to expend the energy. 3.75 ⭐️s

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FlowerFairy
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Wow! Hundreds of Littens are not wrong! This one was fantastic! My only regret with reading this book is that I didn‘t read it sooner. I see a series binge coming. So happy when I discover a series I love and there are so many books in the series.

kwmg40 I've read all the books in this series so far, and I can assure you that it only gets better after this first book! 1y
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Lauranahe
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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! 1y
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Bookish.SAM
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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
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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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My first Louise Penny. I‘m looking forward to getting to know the characters better.. lovely writing.

Tamra Happy 2023 Cathy! 😘🤗🎊 2y
CarolynM 👏👏 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra Happy New Year 😘 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Yes ! I‘m a fan. It‘s 6.30 a.m. here and I‘m about to start book 2 2y
CarolynM Once you start it's hard to stop! And for the first 6 or so books they just keep getting better and better. 2y
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NikkiKey94
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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) 2y
mcctrish @Andrew65 a true reader problem 😆 2y
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! 2y
mcctrish @Karisimo that‘s a brilliant idea and now I will not want to wait to read book 6 🤣🤣 2y
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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. 2y
mcctrish I started this series this year and I love it so 2y
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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🙂 2y
rockpools Aw, enjoy it! 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Ithink so already 👍🏻😁 2y
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Cathythoughts @rockpools Thanks Rachel ! I hope you‘re having a lovely Christmas time. X 2y
rockpools @Cathythoughts You too, Cathy! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll like it. I read this some time back, but didn‘t pick up the second book. Too many distractions! 😄 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I like it so far. Yes, lots of distractions. I hope all is well with you and yours Jessie ♥️ 2y
TrishB Hope you enjoy 😁 the residents have many ups and downs! 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻😁 2y
LeahBergen I have a copy of this and have told myself I‘ll get to it this year, too! 🤞 2y
LeahBergen Well, NEXT year … you know what I mean! 😆 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I know what you mean 👍🏻😂. Well , I‘m loving it, and I imagine you would really enjoy it too. 2y
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. 2y
Cathythoughts @AvidReader25 Thankyou ! That‘s kind of you to share. I will definitely keep going 👍🏻😁 2y
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) 2y
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 🤣😂 2y
Tamra @Cathythoughts I appreciate the philosophical & ethical elements she includes. Life is messy. 2y
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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? 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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PageShifter
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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. 🎄🎄🎄 2y
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. 2y
PageShifter @Andrew65 No reason to be sorry! I believe this gets better when you continue the series, and @JamieArc already confirmed that 🥰 2y
TheSpineView Awesome 2y
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) 2y
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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! 2y
MallenNC I really enjoyed it too. I went in with no expectations. I can‘t wait to see the rest of the episodes. 2y
CBee I just noticed this the other day and was hoping another Litten would have watched it! I‘ll be starting it soon!! 2y
KathyWheeler My husband and I both really liked it. He wasn‘t familiar with the books; I‘d read two of them. 2y
Susanita Some interesting choices, but I love Alfred Molina as Gamache. 2y
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readwithcori
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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. 2y
readwithcori @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. 2y
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Tamra
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What???? 😲 I‘m not going to get my hopes up too high.🤞🏾

ChasingOm ‼️‼️‼️ 2y
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. 2y
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BookmarkTavern
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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… 2y
BookmarkTavern @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. 2y
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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. 2y
tpixie @ozma.of.oz @Ruthiella you 2 have my wondering if I‘d like the book or not!!! 2y
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… 2y
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! 2y
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 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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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 🤪🤪 2y
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BookmarkTavern
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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. 😬❤️ 2y
BookmarkTavern @Ruthiella Right?! 😂😂 But it‘s actually for something new this time, so at least it‘s something different.? 2y
AnnR Oh no! Hope you're feeling better soon. 2y
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SamAnne Hope you are okay! At least you have a book! 2y
TheBookHippie Oh dear. Hope you get quick care! 2y
UwannaPublishme Oh my! Take good care! ❤️ 2y
sarahbellum Oh dear! Wishing you a speedy recovery! 💕 2y
Yuki_Onna Oh my... 😧All the best to you! Sending love and bruise-healing vibes to the other side of the world! 🤗 2y
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sarahbellum
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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) 2y
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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. 2y
Monica5 My last booster did me in. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Looks like you have a good Doc🐶 2y
sarahbellum @AmyG @Monica5 thank you! 🤗 2y
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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 👍🏼 🍁🎃 2y
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Susanita
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1. Cider
2. Leaf peeping
3. Tagged
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🍁 2y
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staci.reads
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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. 2y
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. 2y
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Kazzie
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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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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.