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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book Review: Glass Houses by Louise Penny (audio)

I have heard wonderful things about Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels, but one odd aspect of the reading I do for work is that when a book is crazy popular with everyone and sells like hotcakes, I really don't need to read it. My reading time could be better spent elsewhere, on a book that will need more of a boost. This means I often miss out on some of the best books on the list. Luckily, this is where audiobooks come in! And mysteries do especially well on audio. And this one in particular, with its smattering of French (it's set in Canada), might even do better as then I'm not mangling the pronunciations in my own mind. It makes it easier to become immersed in the setting. And speaking of setting, while I've certainly read books set in Canada before, rarely has the US-Canada border come up, and it's jarring to keep hearing about Vermont as being "south," as it's always been super-north in my own context, no matter where I've been. It's good to read books that can change your perspective from time to time, even if just geographically.

So in the adorable (and sadly fiction) town of Three Pines, one day, a man (we presume) in a black cloak appears in the town square and does not move all day. His face is obscured by the hood, but it's very ominous. Several people ask Gamache, as a police officer, to do something, but it's not illegal to look ominous and scare people. Then the man is gone. Then his body turns up in the church. Who was he? Why was he there? Is he in fact a cobrador, an ancient order of men made to accuse the guilty and make them pay for their crimes? If so, who was he there for?

Worry not! Inspector Gamache will figure it all out. When crime comes to his own hometown, it will be solved. A wonderfully twisty and atmospheric mystery, I hope to have time to keep reading Louise Penny! This was thoroughly enjoyable.

This book is published by Minotaur, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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