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How the Light Gets In
How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
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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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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Bookzombie
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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. 3w
Jas16 I personally count things where I finish them but I would say it is up to you. 3w
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. 3w
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Crazeedi I count when I finish 3w
CSeydel If it was really long and I finished on 1/1 I would count that for the previous year. 3w
Soubhiville I count on the finish date. 3w
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. 3w
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. 😉 3w
TheLibrarian I always count it for the day I finished it. 3w
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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! 1mo
Crazeedi I've read them all, love!❤ 1mo
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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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sherryvdh
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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. 3mo
JennyM Just finished the first one this weekend...absolutely loved it. 3mo
TrishB @Andrew65 another one that matures 😁👍🏻 3mo
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TrishB @JennyM so glad you loved it ❤️ these are so good. 3mo
CarolynM Such a wonderful series. Think it's time for me to pick up the next one. 3mo
TrishB @CarolynM it‘s one of those series I don‘t want to catch up on! 3mo
CarolynM I know! I've only got 3 to go. 3mo
Caroline2 This is my fav one too. 👍 it felt very final tho, I‘m a bit worried where they can go from here?? 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
TrishB @CarolynM scary 😮 3mo
TrishB @Caroline2 my mind is boggling too 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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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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Texreader
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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. 4mo
Bookzombie I think you already read this one, but if you haven‘t it was great on audio. 4mo
Bookzombie Also, if you haven‘t checked it out, the Walt Longmire series is really good. 4mo
Texreader @Bookzombie I have read Guernsey and loved it! I‘ll check out the rest! You have great taste in books!! 4mo
Bookzombie @Texreader Thank you! You are so sweet! ☺️ 4mo
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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. 5mo
Itchyfeetreader Ditto I am a year and a half from behind !! 5mo
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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. 5mo
Megabooks SG is so good!! 5mo
Texreader @GingerAntics Would you believe it was 80 and there were showers this afternoon? It should have been 105! I was happy with it! 5mo
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GingerAntics That‘s impressive. I would gladly take that. It sounds lovely. 5mo
Texreader @GingerAntics Tomorrow will probably be 105 and super humid! 5mo
GingerAntics Ugh. All this heat is making my head throb. 5mo
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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! 5mo
Louise @Texreader Enjoy! This series continues to get better and better! 5mo
Crazeedi Oh this is a terrific series!!! 5mo
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Louise @Crazeedi It really is! 🌟 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely cover 5mo
Louise @Cathythoughts Yes! Some significant scenes take place in the snowy woods on the edge of Three Pines in this book. 5mo
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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. 3mo
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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. 11mo
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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.

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MMenefee
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Usually, I savor these books and take my time between them. But after the end of The Beautiful Mystery I just have to know what happens next. I feel as if things are going to be difficult for Gamache, but I believe he‘ll get through it ok.

Blaire I felt similarly about this story arc. Went through several close together. 13mo
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CarolynM
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This is where I'm up to in this series. Looks like a good place for a #Snowball fight. #WinterWonderland

JennyM I‘m going to read a Louise Penny next year - I feel like I am missing out! 13mo
vivastory @JennyM Same here! 13mo
jenniferajanes Louise Penny is on my list too. I‘ve never read anything by her, but it seems like everyone is raving about those books! 13mo
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CarolynM @JennyM @vivastory I think you are missing out. It's a terrific series. 13mo
CarolynM @jenniferajanes I only got around to them this year and I'm wondering why it took me so long. 13mo
jenniferajanes @CarolynM Oh, that only makes me want to start then sooner! 😂 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m nervous to start a new series... 13mo
TrishB I only started them this year too but love them and have already brought them all! 13mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen this series is awesome, jump in! 13mo
Crazeedi @JennyM you need to read! This series is excellent 13mo
Crazeedi I am waiting to get this one, soon I hope 13mo
JennyM @Crazeedi I‘m ordering now 😊😊😊 13mo
Crazeedi @JennyM 😉👍❤ 13mo
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Caroline2
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Oh I think this might be my fav of the Gamache/Three Pines series (number 9) I really enjoyed it but it had such a strong and final conclusion, I‘m worried where Louise Penny can go after this?!?! 🤷‍♀️ 😟

TrishB I‘m just on number 3 and loving them 👍🏻 14mo
rabbitprincess This one and Bury Your Dead are my favourites! Glad you liked it 😊 14mo
Caroline2 @TrishB They‘re are great little comfort reads aren‘t they! 😊 ☕️ I love all the food references! 😆 14mo
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Caroline2 @rabbitprincess Yes! Bury your dead was my fav too! 👍🏻 14mo
TrishB They definitely are 💕 14mo
Blaire @rabbitprincess those are my favorites so far as well. Both were ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ reads for me. She is such a wonderful writer. 14mo
CarolynM I'm loving this series too. This one is next in line for me. Looking forward to it! 14mo
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Caroline2
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So the nights are drawing in, it‘s getting darker and colder out there, winter is on its way and you know what that means....it‘s Louise Penny time!!! I need to catch up with Gamache and the quirky town of Three Pines with a latte and a cheese toasty! 🌲 🌲 🌲 ☕️ 🥪 😊

TrishB I‘m loving these too thanks to you! Ordered a load off Amazon and the works for Qa each! 1y
Caroline2 😆 thats great! Some are a lot better than others! It‘s a varied bunch! I love the main characters and the location but the murder mysteries can be a bit naff sometimes! I just find her writing style so comforting?! 🤗 @TrishB 1y
TrishB They are definitely a comfort read ❤️ 1y
JamieArc I agree! The darker evenings and chill in the air has me craving curling up by the fire with the next Penny (I think I‘m on the one after this one). 1y
Tamra Yay! 1y
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘ve decided to spend the weekend in Three Pines 🌲🌲🌲

LauraBeth No place I‘d rather be sometimes! 1y
Bookwormjillk @LauraBeth me too- I wish I had a bistro and new and used bookstore around here 1y
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sherryvdh
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Starting a new book! My last book was so good, I'm trying to ride the wave so I don't end up with a book hangover. Also, I got some new magnetic bookmarks because I think all my old ones have been returned to the library. 🤷 #readerproblems #splurge #threepines

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Bibliogeekery
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I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately but I finally finished this high action Gamache book. I really enjoyed this one! It might be my favourite so far! Things get dark and difficult for Gamache, conspiracy abounds, but Three Pines is still there with cafe au lait and quirky charm.

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Bibliogeekery
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Cottage reading 😍

Nute Lovely! 1y
Soubhiville Le sigh! 1y
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LauraBrook
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Glad to have this audiobook on my drive down to Janesville this morning to visit a friend! Hopefully it‘ll help distract me from my road-construction-rage. 😳

2BR02B You're not taking 90, are you? I drive to Beloit on 90 every couple of weeks, and it's been pretty bonkers. 2y
LauraBrook @2BR02B No, I did 94 to 26 into Janesville. Was less hairy than I expected! Sorry you‘re stuck on crazy 90 so often. 😕 2y
Mollyanna You got lucky. 94 can be a nightmare too. It‘s my daily commute. When will they be done with the Zoo construction? Of course it‘s construction season here in Wisconsin. Hope you had a nice time visiting with your friend! 2y
LauraBeth Just checking on you, friend! 💕 1y
LauraBrook @LauraBeth Hi 👋🏼 my Litsy sister! I‘m okay, just got distracted by other stuff in my life. How are you? 💖 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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Flying home

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Bibliogeekery
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This hotel bed was made for reading! 😍📚

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Bibliogeekery
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Lovely sunset 🌄

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up! The pastoral Quebec setting for my vacation was just asking for another Louise Penny. Three Pines here I come!

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Jen2
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Amazing!!!!

Bianca I need to read this series. 2y
rabbitprincess My favourite installment (along with Bury Your Dead). 😊 2y
MallenNC I'm working my way through this series! I'm really far behind, but I'm ok with that because I have more to look forward to reading! 2y
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CarolynM I'm up to Bury Your Dead. Really enjoying the series.🙂 2y
rwmg This is a beautiful cover, an intriguing title, and you are all so enthusiastic. What is the first in the series? 2y
Jen2 Still Life! 2y
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HardcoverHearts
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I know it seems I picked an unusual background for this edition of the Louise Penny series, but it‘s relevant to the story of quintuplets. She is such an amazing, thoughtful and patient writer. It makes this series so valuable and why I slowly read them, savoring each book.

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Kammbia1
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My current read. Started it today. This is my 4th Inspector Gamache novel and I know I'm reading them out of order. Started with The Long Way Home. But I have become a fan and will read the entire series as soon as I can.

LauraBeth ❤️ this series! 2y
Kammbia1 @LauraBeth Me too! 2y
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Blaire
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An arc that has run through the last several books comes to completion. Gamache fights corruption within trying to discover how deep it goes and continues to fight for Beauvoir. He also solves the mystery of the murder of a famous Quebec woman. The story that inspired that plot point is one I remember looking at seeing pictures of as a child - I won‘t offer more details to avoid spoilers. A very satisfying journey with Gamache. #naptimeread

Cinfhen Such a cool pic😎 2y
Blaire Thanks - Palm Springs make for a nice background with great light. 2y
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Blaire
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Vacation reading continued...in this one it seems many characters have to face #monsters either of their own making or forced on them by circumstance. They must battle the monsters of addiction, corruption, and mistrust. #marchintooz #californiareading

Cinfhen Well played 👍🏻 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Still happily working on my long weekend project with the company of my favorite Three Pines neighbors.

Tamra Lovely neighbors! I‘d love see Ruth in action. 😂 2y
Bookwormjillk @Tamra that would be something! 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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I have three other audiobooks going right now, but am in the middle of a painting marathon and nothing gets me through manual labor like a visit to Three Pines.

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Lcsmcat
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I‘m continuing to read these out of order, as my library holds come in, and I‘m loving them more and more. I may go back and re-read them in order next, but I‘m too impatient to do it that way now. The only thing I am doing is listening to all the Ralph Cosham books before going on to the new narrator. The perfect way to ease my commute. 😀 #inspectorgamache #threepines

tomes4gnomes I love these books, but I‘m getting a case of the uptight-reader vapors at the thought of reading them out of order! Someone get me my smelling salts! 😱😉 2y
Pamwurtzler I started with book 6, and when I discovered how good they are, went back to book 1. Reread in order when you have the chance. I got most of them via a lucky kindle sale so I have them when I want to reread! 📚❤️ 2y
Lcsmcat @tomes4gnomes I started with number 10, not knowing it was part of a series. Had it been 3 or 4 I would have done them in order. But I was so far in I went for what was available. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Lcsmcat @Pamwurtzler I intend to. And to actually read them. So far they‘ve all been audiobooks. 2y
Pamwurtzler I have listened to the first one - which book is it where the narrator changes? 2y
Lcsmcat @Pamwurtzler book 11. The first ten are Cosham. 2y
Pamwurtzler Thanks!! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Started this on audiobook tonight.

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JamieArc
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I love coming home to 3 Pines. Cozy reading at its finest...

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bookishdawg
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All the love for Louise Penny's wonderful writing ❤️ #junebookbugs #dusk

SilversReviews Oh yes...love her books. Nice stack and photo. 2y
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