Loved another of Louise Penny's Three Pines books. Ralph Cosham brings her story to life. I want to go to Three Pines and stay at the B&B!
Actually not Deborah, but Donald. My wife opened the Amazon account and suddenly my Audible account became hers. I'm a basic 63 year old type guy who runs a lot and listnes to books as I run. It was a dark and stormy night ... but I still did 5 miles.
These Inspector Gamache mysteries always carry me. This inspector who observes everything and who is part philosopher, part psychologist, part theologian always carries me with him. The other characters seem very real, I care about them, like them, don't like them ...
It's almost like canoeing on a slow river. As I travel along I enjoy the trip, wonder what is around the next bend, but enjoy the pace. I both wonder why I like these books so much, and cannot wait to hear the next one.
This book ... is all of that. There is little I will say of this book for fear of telling too much except here is that ride again. An excellent plot, themes that cause me to think, and a story that compels.
I'd suggest starting with book one of this series.
I enjoy this series, for the quirkiness of the characters, and the introspection of the main Inspector. I like the overall themes of tolerance. they area fun read/listen. I enjoyed the discovery of the Hermit and his treasures, the introduction of the native people of the Charlotte islands. I will be looking into that more. Enjoyable books, fun listens. It had a little twist that I didn't expect at all.
(am I the only one who despises Peter? what a terrible terrible person. I have zero empathy and really hope he suffers some kind of accident and dies, in a later book. Not giving anything away here, just venting.)
The secrets of so many in this small town are intriguing and keep your interest. New arrivals in Three Pines bringing their own pasts and secrets will be good for future books. This is a very well told story with a bit of a sad ending. I don't know if I loved it, but the exposure of the dark side of a well established character kept the interest for sure.
In this book, I think Clara Morrow made an impression when faced with the bigotry of someone in the position to give her the big break in her art. Moral quandary and she did well.
At the end, the last visit of the Chief Inspector to the cabin in the woods. Haven't we all thought of living a simpler life away from all the stress?
You Simply Cannot Escape - No Matter How Deep you Go.
When I first began the Three Pines books, I thought "How many stories can be told about a town this small?" but Louise Penny is not afraid to make her stories big in a small town nor to sacrifice characters to create a great story. This is the best one yet.
Yes. I've been surprised at how many women I know who have read the entire series. It made me wonder where I've been.
Harsh but skillfully advances the series.
Her descriptive passages are drawn in rich detail, lushly described. And plentiful. So plentiful that I find myself rolling my eyes at yet another meal depicted in purple prose.
Daughter of a librarian, trained as a librarian, a lifelong lover of books. Mysteries, sci fi, fantasy, biography, true crime, romance, cooking, classic films, etc.!
I am entranced by the Three Pines books, the beauty of the small village lies in the complicated relationships with others and with self. It is very difficult to read them and not do some self examination. The use of language is clever, and imagery that makes you recognize people you know, good and not as good, in the villagers. The mystery is secondary in many ways, making a framework for a story of human weakness, fear, and the past that always follows you.
Not a solo read- I would not recommend this unless you have read others in the series because the relationships are so entwined. I hope to see some of the characters introduced in this book become old growth in the village, replacing some of those who have died.
High school and college instructor: theatre and English
Penny's prose is like a fine brandy. Warming, smooth, worth savoring. I will miss Olivier, but am starting the next now.