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How the Light Gets In
How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Leonard CohenChristmas is approaching, and in Qubec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear? How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny. One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013 One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year An NPR Best Book of 2013
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canbku
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Always love a bit of time with Gamache. Tough one, though. That light barely made it.

Crazeedi This was a stressful one as I remember 3w
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canbku
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Next in the series! Pretty dark opening.

ShelleyBooksie So, so good 4w
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ImperfectCJ
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This is an interesting one. I found it gripping (to the point that I ignored many responsibilities today to listen to this audiobook) but at the same time unlikely and convoluted. Things just fit together a little too perfectly, and I am almost positive that the days in this book contained more than 24 hours each. I might take a break before the next in the series. But then, I've told myself that lie before.

ImperfectCJ 270 points for #TeamSlaughter (theme read, 8.5 hours for three readathons) #scarathlon #screamathon #bookspinbingo #LittenListen 2mo
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AutumnRLS
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Hello friends! It has been awhile. I've been slowly picking up the pieces of myself that got discarded during shut down when I became the defecto full-time educator of my 7 year old. He's back to school for now and I'm trying to get as many projects completed while I can. I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks as a result. I adore the narration for the above books, especially for the Louise Penny!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you get the document? 💛 6mo
corireadslife @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did! Thank you! I can‘t wait to start sending some snail mail 🤗 6mo
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corireadslife
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Rating: 5 Stars.
Any other Louise Penny fans? I am OBSESSED. When I started reading this series, fellow book lovers told me it only got better and boy was that the truth! Highly recommend.
#books #louisepenny #reading #bookobsessed #armandegamache #cozymysteries

Bookwormjillk Here 🙋‍♀️ Love the whole series, and this one was one of the best IMO 6mo
corireadslife @Bookwormjillk I will say it is definitely my favorite this far! How excited are you for book #17?? 6mo
Bookwormjillk @corireadslife I have it pre-ordered! 6mo
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CarolynM 🙋🏻Another fan here. I love this series. 6mo
corireadslife @CarolynM yay! So great to hear. Are you ready for book #17? 6mo
corireadslife @Bookwormjillk so exciting! can't wait to hear what you think of it! 6mo
Nute I‘m a huge fan as well! I‘m still at the beginning of the series, but have enjoyed what I have read so far. It was so good that I have decided to collect the books. 5mo
corireadslife @Nute Happy to hear you are a fan!! I agree!! After I started reading the first couple, it was evident they needed to be collected for my bookshelf ☺️ 5mo
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Singout
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Definitely the most intense of the Gamache murder series I‘ve read: tightly written with a historical theme based on the story of the Dionne quintuplets that I found intriguing. A finale that makes it hard to imagine what‘s going to come next.

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Susanita
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1. Tagged book takes place around Christmas, so that makes it a holiday read, right?🎄🎄🎄
2. Driving, walking, sometimes chores or crafts. I also once finished an audiobook while playing with the cat. 🚗🥾😺

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Bookwormjillk
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My favorite book from my favorite series. This time I had to switch between book and audio because life got in the way. #TeamReadNoseReindeer #BookspinBingo #WinterGames2020 #CrushTheRush #ReadYourWay #LittenListens

TheSpineView 📚🤩📖 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎄Well done!🎄 12mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Enjoying a pre-dawn book and breakfast so that I can be at Target when it opens at 7. Hoping to avoid any crowds. Cookies, fruit, and cheese- the breakfast of champions!

CoverToCoverGirl Did you get lucky enough to avoid people? I do the same … if I have to go anywhere I do it first thing in the morning or just before close…… and only on Monday and Tuesday because those are the quietest days of the week. It works for me every time. 😷😁 12mo
Bookwormjillk @CoverToCoverGirl pretty much! There was a group there that seemed like maybe they hadn‘t gone to bed yet and decided to hit Target on the way home, but they were really loud and easy to avoid 😂 12mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Reading and enjoying the Christmas tree on this stormy morning.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cozy ❤️ 12mo
mom2bugnbee Love these books! 12mo
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Susanita
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I‘m thankful for coffee and for headphones plus lots of listening content.

Tagged book is the “Goblet of Fire” of the Armand Gamache series.

Thanks to @wanderinglynn for the tag!

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs 👏🏻📚🤗 🔥 13mo
wanderinglynn Yes, always grateful for coffee! 🖤☕️ 13mo
Bookwormjillk I love this description! 12mo
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Jaimelire
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Wow, up all night with this one. I absolutely love Louise Penny‘s books. I am reading them in order, and spacing them out a lot because I don‘t want the series to ever end. This one was really, really good. 5/5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Susanita
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I wanted to read Carrie and Mexican Gothic for the #readyourway readathon. I read Carrie and How the Light Gets In, and I started Mexican Gothic. I also pushed all the books from Libby to the Kindle so everything is in one place and I can save my phone battery for Litsy. 😎

TheSpineView Great idea!🤩 13mo
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This series just keeps getting better and better. I raced through this one, interested in the mystery of a murdered woman with a famous past but even more riveted by the overarching storyline of Gamache‘s investigation of corruption in the police force. I am taking my time with this series as I like having more to look forward to, but I may pick up the next one sooner rather than later as I really got sucked back in to life in Three Pines.

kspenmoll 🌲🌲🌲❤️ 14mo
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rebbyj
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Oh Gamache!!! And Rosa.

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JulAnna
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This was an excellent installment in this series! The village of Three Pines was a centerpiece of the book (oh, how I would love to visit there!). In addition to a good mystery with an interesting background, many pieces of the ongoing saga involving the Surete fell into place.

Soubhiville Oh Leonard Cohen. I love him. That grumbly gravely voice 💕 1y
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JulAnna
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I love the feeling I get when I begin to read the next book in this Inspector Gamache series! I feel as though I am checking in with old friends, so I space the books out-like special treats!

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ferskner
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Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I have been so neglectful of Litsy lately! I have stuff going on in my life that I can't get into here, but it's meant that after work I listlessly scroll Facebook and don't read. I hate it! I'm so far behind on posting stuff here (including the #agathachristieclubR2 questions - coming tomorrow!), but here is my #bookspin for the month! @TheAromaofBooks

tpixie Take care!!! ♥️🤗📚♥️ 2y
Lcsmcat Be kind to yourself. ❤️ And enjoy the trip to Three Pines. It‘s usually a comforting journey. 🤗 2y
TheAromaofBooks Aw, no worries!! Sometimes there just isn't headspace for strangers on the internet, even ones as congenial as Litsy's!! 😁 Hope your other stuff works itself out!! 2y
Crazeedi Great series! Enjoy your time with Gamache(and especially Ruth!) 2y
ferskner @tpixie @Lcsmcat @TheAromaofBooks @Crazeedi y'all are too kind! Thanks for being so sweet. 2y
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mom2bugnbee
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This was an excellent Louise Penny month! Three books of hers read - two 5🌟 & one 4🌟! And still making my way through the Series of Unfortunate Events series.

The Beautiful Mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
How the Light Gets In ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Long Way Home ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Carnivorous Carnival ⭐⭐⭐

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Mshookquilts
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Very emotional stories in this one; you even wonder if there is any hope for a good end. When Arnot was convicted, the root wasn‘t found and evil tentacles have spread everywhere.

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Tamra
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For a sleepy little village, Three Pines sure has a lot of crime. 🥺 Ha!

It‘s curious there haven‘t been screen adaptions of this series. (Not that I‘m aware of anyway.) My most anticipated casting would be Ruth‘s character! 🦆 Love her caustic wit.

I had no idea Ralph Cosham produced his narrations cold. That‘s impressive.

Nute I think that there is a screen adaptation for television...at least for the first book in the series. I remember coming across a trailer when I was researching the order of publication for the books. 2y
Tamra @Nute I will have to check! 2y
rabbitprincess Yes, the first book was adapted for TV, but Louise Penny wasn‘t happy with how it turned out. I wasn‘t either...they cast Nathaniel Parker as Gamache, which, no. He‘s already Inspector Lynley! 2y
Tamra @rabbitprincess oh shoot! 2y
CarolynM @rabbitprincess Oh no! That is just wrong! I think he's wrong for Lynley too, but that's another story. 2y
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AvidReader25
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Lots of new plays (because of the committee I‘m currently serving on), so that skewed my reading this month. There was some great nonfiction in their too!

Louise I‘ve been wanting to read The Soul of an Octopus for such a long time. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 2y
AvidReader25 @Louise The audiobook was particularly good. I never knew an octopus could be so fascinating! 2y
Louise Oh, that‘s good to know! Maybe I‘ll listen to the audiobook first. Thanks for the tip! 2y
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ShelleyBooksie
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Each book in this series gets better. I could not put this one down! Lots of action and character development.

TrishB Love this series too 👍🏻 2y
TooFoo I just finished book 3, ready to start book 4. What a Great series! 2y
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Bookzombie
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I have a confession. It‘s a little silly and I know it‘s fiction. After finishing book 8, I was upset and disappointed about something that happened between two characters. So before starting this one, I glanced at spoilers. It wasn‘t enough to spoil the story, but it alleviated the worry I carried over from the previous book. 🙂 I really enjoyed this one. The story arc that has been going on for several books is wrapped up. In fact, if I ⬇️

Bookzombie didn‘t know that there are currently six more books in the series, I might have thought she was bringing it to a close. Thankfully that is not the case and I look forward to spending more time in Three Pines.

Started in 2019 and finished in 2020.
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AvidReader25
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Books 7-9 in the series prove that the series just keeps getting better. Each contains a murder, but the larger plot is more interesting. Gamache and his second in command come to an impasse. A conspiracy with the higher ups in the police force grows larger. I was completely enthralled. The 9th book wraps up many of the outstanding plots, so I‘m curious where the next book will take us, but I‘m already looking forward to returning to Three Pines.

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I have a question for everyone. How do you count a book you read majority of in 2019, but know you won‘t finish until 1/1/2020? I‘m slightly over three-quarters through this book as of now.

Butterfinger I say round it. 2y
Jas16 I personally count things where I finish them but I would say it is up to you. 2y
JamieArc I‘m a literalist when it comes to this, so I don‘t count it until I actually finish it. But I also have a spreadsheet where I track the start and end date so I can see that I didn‘t start it in the new year. 2y
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Crazeedi I count when I finish 2y
CSeydel If it was really long and I finished on 1/1 I would count that for the previous year. 2y
Soubhiville I count on the finish date. 2y
Hooked_on_books If the majority of it is in one year, I say it was read it that year, so I would count it for 2019. 2y
Bookzombie @Butterfinger @Jas16 @JamieArc @Crazeedi @CSeydel @Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books Thanks for the feedback! I think I will just stick with counting it when I finish it. Sometimes I‘m set in my ways. 😉 2y
TheLibrarian I always count it for the day I finished it. 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser I read 3/4 of The Power of One last year and finished the last quarter a week ago, Jan 24, 2020, so I've marked that as a book I completed this year, which makes 4 so far for 2020. I had a dozen part read through books I DNF last year, so it's a goal to finish them this year, inbetween some very new reads. 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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I love, love, love this book and since it takes place at Christmas time I figured it was perfect for a #WinterGames re-read. #elfies

Kammbia1 Excellent novel! 2y
Crazeedi I've read them all, love!❤ 2y
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Christinak
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They saw the exterior of a charming cottage in summer. A fairy-tale cottage, with fish-scale shingles and #gingerbread woodwork. Flower boxes were planted at each window and cheery sunflowers and hollyhocks leaned against the sunny home. #QuotsyDec19

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1. ☝️
2. I finally found new winter boots that I like the look of and fit sufficiently. It was a long search.
3. Couch, blanket, book
4. 3
5. ❤❤❤
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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TrishB
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Wow 😮 there‘s a bit of everything in this one!! I think this is my favourite so far. The plot is great, so much going on and the personal stories take a huge leap.
Loved it 👍🏻♥️

Andrew65 Must get back to this series, only read the first one. 2y
JennyM Just finished the first one this weekend...absolutely loved it. 2y
TrishB @Andrew65 another one that matures 😁👍🏻 2y
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TrishB @JennyM so glad you loved it ❤️ these are so good. 2y
CarolynM Such a wonderful series. Think it's time for me to pick up the next one. 2y
TrishB @CarolynM it‘s one of those series I don‘t want to catch up on! 2y
CarolynM I know! I've only got 3 to go. 2y
Caroline2 This is my fav one too. 👍 it felt very final tho, I‘m a bit worried where they can go from here?? 🤷‍♀️ 2y
TrishB @CarolynM scary 😮 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 my mind is boggling too 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Young4evr
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I think I read the last book first. :( Definitely going to search out her earlier Inspector Gamache novels.

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Kammbia1
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I have finished this one. Penny writes well-drawn characters and the setting of Three Pines has made a fan. Here's my review: http://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-24-how-the-light-gets-in-...

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Texreader
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Five hour drive today and only four hours left on the book when I started out. Well, clients decided otherwise and I was on the phone for most of the drive. Now I‘m on ice. Long drive is hard on my old bones. Looking forward to hearing how this one ends.

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I‘m “audio-doing chores” (is there such a thing?) today. Not much left of this book and I‘m excited to see how it ends.

I need some more recommendations for audiobooks as I‘m doing hours and hours of traveling the next two weeks for work. I like history-fiction and nonfiction-thrillers and mysteries, but nothing political. What are some your fave audiobooks in these genres? Thanks!!

Bookzombie I do “audio chores” all the time. It‘s when I get most of my audio in, lol. You might like this historical mystery fiction series. 2y
Bookzombie I think you already read this one, but if you haven‘t it was great on audio. 2y
Bookzombie Also, if you haven‘t checked it out, the Walt Longmire series is really good. 2y
Texreader @Bookzombie I have read Guernsey and loved it! I‘ll check out the rest! You have great taste in books!! 2y
Bookzombie @Texreader Thank you! You are so sweet! ☺️ 2y
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Kammbia1
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One of the true joys of reading is coming upon a series that you would never read at first glance. This has happened to me with Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny. I'm a not a big mystery or crime fiction reader. However, I read The Long Way Home a couple of years ago & was immediately taken by the characters and setting of Three Pines. While, I'm not reading the series in order, I'm currently reading and enjoying How The Light Gets In.

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Texreader
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I‘m “audio-scrapbooking” this morning. Listening to the tagged book and making some scrapbook pages today.

Amiable Good for you! I used to scrapbook all the time —I need to get back into it. 2y
Itchyfeetreader Ditto I am a year and a half from behind !! 2y
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Texreader
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My two Audible picks for my drive to south Texas. See ya when I get there!

GingerAntics Good luck on the roads! Stay hydrated. This heat is crazy. 2y
Megabooks SG is so good!! 2y
Texreader @GingerAntics Would you believe it was 80 and there were showers this afternoon? It should have been 105! I was happy with it! 2y
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GingerAntics That‘s impressive. I would gladly take that. It sounds lovely. 2y
Texreader @GingerAntics Tomorrow will probably be 105 and super humid! 2y
GingerAntics Ugh. All this heat is making my head throb. 2y
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Louise
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I got drawn into the suspense in this #audiobook, especially toward the end. It was very well done, with lots of twists and turns and the clock ticking toward a dramatic conclusion. A good read!

Texreader I‘m going to check it out. I‘m in need of a new audiobook this week. Thanks! 2y
Louise @Texreader Enjoy! This series continues to get better and better! 2y
Crazeedi Oh this is a terrific series!!! 2y
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Louise @Crazeedi It really is! 🌟 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely cover 2y
Louise @Cathythoughts Yes! Some significant scenes take place in the snowy woods on the edge of Three Pines in this book. 2y
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HollyBahling
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Loved to hate it. It‘s so hard to read this book. Especially not knowing everything that has happened between the beloved character. But good lord that ending! What a whirlwind that the book completely turns direction in the span of a few pages! Definitely a pick!

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Christyco125
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I think this may be my most favorite in the series so far. Action, intrigue, broken hearts, redemption. What‘s not to love?
#2019christyread #series

Young4evr This is already on my “to read” shelf. Excited to start it now. 2y
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Readswithcoffee
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Another GREAT mystery novel by Louise Penny. I love this series. The audio versions are wonderful.

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Readswithcoffee
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Another GREAT mystery novel by Louise Penny. I love this series. The audio versions are wonderful.

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MallenNC
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Another great book in this series. I enjoyed the fictionalization of the story of the Dionne quintuplets, whom I hadn‘t heard of before this. And of course Inspector Gamache and the residents of Three Pines continue to keep my interest. I‘m glad I still have several in this series still to read.

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Laura317
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This is one is probably my favorite of the series. Lots of things come together. I just love this series! 😍

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CarolynM
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Such a satisfying episode of a great series. An ongoing story arc reaches its conclusion (at least I think so, but the author has surprised me more than once by extending a story I thought she'd finished with) and relationships are cemented further. Even though I was fairly confident things would turn out well there was still quite a bit of tension.

TrishB Not got to this one yet! But love the series. 3y
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Laura317
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Started this as I wait for recall work to be done on my car. I have a drink, too. I am all set. 😊

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Jerdencon
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So I'm reading this book which is very loosely based on the Dionne Quints which I had never heard of before I started this book. Flipping through a local newspaper at my moms house and there is an article showing new stories from the paper years past and this article comes up from 1954! What a coincidence and so interesting. I need to find out more!

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EmmaMae
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A compelling read with complex characters and a thrilling story line.