Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | January 4, 2013

Better late than never

Happy New Year everyone!

I recently discovered a mystery series that I am really enjoying–The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels by Louise Penny. Set in the Canadian province of Québec, the series centers on the work of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. But so far, in the first two books most of the story takes place in the small village of  Three Pines, an hour’s drive south of the city.

The first book in the series, Still Life, was published in 2005, and eight years later Penny has just published number eight in the series, The Beautiful Mystery. So I’m a bit late in discovering this series–but, better late than never.

Here’s a link to the author’s website if you want to find out more about this well-written, and award-winning series: You’ll find a list of the series titles, in order, as well as audiofiles of the author pronouncing the French words and character names found in the novels.

I’d recommend these novels to anyone who likes mysteries set in a small town, where the getting to know the various characters is just as important to the story as solving the crime. Similar titles would be the Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron, or the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes.

Here’s to good books and great reading in 2013,





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