Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen “Anthem”
Am I the only who had never heard of author Louise Penny? Well! I know now! I have joined a second book club reading the first in her series titled, Still Alive, an award-winning first novel introducing an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with power, ingenuity, and charm. This was early September ’13. I finished the last and 9th in the series the other night at 2:30 AM, How The Light Gets In, which is #1 on the NY Times best sellers list. Now what am I going to do without Inspector Gamache and this cast of characters? Penny is a Canadian and this series is set in and around Quebec -Montreal. The mysteries are well done, the characters complex, the themes varied and interesting. I can’t say enough good things about these intelligent, witty, well written books. READ THEM IN ORDER for maximum enjoyment.
Louise Penny says, I know that reading is as creative as writing. The writer suggests, creates a character, a setting, an atmosphere. But it’s the reader who brings it alive. Walks with the characters, sees the world, smells the woodsmoke, tastes the café au lait, feels the biting cold on the tender cheek.
STILL LIFE – A FATAL GRACE – THE CRUELEST MONTH – A RULE AGAINST MURDER – THE BRUTAL TELLING – BURY YOUR DEAD – A TRICK OF THE LIGHT – THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY – HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN