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I love Louise Penny's books and this one didn't disappoint. It kept me guessing all the way through. My only disappointment, and it is slight, there wasn't much story devoted to the townspeople. That is one of my favorite aspects of her novels.
I picked up Louise Penny's first installment in The Three Pines series "Still Life" on a whim, expecting an easy read mass produced murder mystery. I read the entire series in under a year. Her latest, Glass Houses did not disappoint. A third way in I was sure i connected the dots as to figure out the outcome, then bam! Back to square one. I would recommend reading her first in the series as to acquaint yourself with the village of Three Pines and the eccentric Les Habs who live in this tiny hamlet on the Quebec/Vermont border. Agatha Christie fans take note. Looking forward to her next!
I love everything Louise Penny writes. This novel is no exception. It helps tremendously to have read previous Three Pines novels as the residents of this remote village become as familiar as neighbors. Though this can be read as a stand alone novel, a new reader may be confused at the cast of characters without prior introduction to their personalities. The strongest and most induring character is Armand Gamache, formerly Chief Inspector of Homicide, now Superintendent of the Surente du Quebec. The depth of his moral fiber stems from his implacable honesty, loyalty to family, a belief in justice. In this installment, he is torn between deliberately committing perjury for the sake of a higher purpose at the risk of losing everything. When he is convinced the right thing to do, nothing can deter him to seeing it through. The story, part court room jockeying and real time drama, comes to an exciting conclusion that one can depend on in Louise Penny's novels.
Another gem from Louise Penny!
Please read this series in sequence, to understand the characters' relationships and attitudes.
Tedious. I have tried several other books by Louise Penny, and given up. In this one, at the beginning, and for several pages, a plethora of characters (very confusing) discuss the appearance of a strange person wondering who it is. I suppose the generous sprinkling of "oui", "non", "merci" gives the story some "couleur locale". I gave up.
Excellent read, loved it!
Eagerly anticipated and definitely worth the wait. This story is so timely and yet, so timeless. No spoilers here!
Loan Star Top Pick for August 2017.
A masterpiece, her best book to date.
I was given the wonderful opportunity to receive the advance copy of Louise Penny’s 13th novel “Glass Houses” and was very grateful for the opportunity. From page one, Mrs. Penny takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. One moment it is calm and the story is developing and then the next page you are on a high of emotion. Brilliant. I love how this book is unexpected in its development. We are introduced to a different side of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his struggle with his decisions. As usual we are back in the loving arms of the Three Pine village and its many quirky characters. Ruth and her beloved duck make many appearances in the book. I adore this character. One of main concern with any author in a series is that the story starts to water down and it is not as thrilling as before, but with “Glass Houses” it does not disappoint. The writing is still original, exciting and hard to put down. I congratulate Mrs. Penny on another very successful book.
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