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Glass Houses by Louise Penny – a book review in 200 words

Glass Houses


Louise Penny


What is a Cobrador? Why is one in Three Pines, standing in absolute stillness and silence for days? Why is Gamache on the witness stand?  And who exactly is on trial? These are the questions racing through your mind as you start this newest book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny.

I think this may be the best book in Penny’s series to date. As always,  she weaves together seamlessly: obscure history with fabulous fiction, the lives of her recurring characters with new people (be they friends or suspects), and the quiet life of Three Pines with the ongoing struggles against corruption within the Sûreté du Québec.

I sell a lot of Penny’s books to my customers for two reasons. One, her plots always contain great mysteries where the endings never disappoint. And, two, I want to live in Three Pines and be friends with everyone who lives there!

Penny’s characters come alive again in this 13th book as we learn about the roots of a Spanish tradition still in existance today, a plot meant to heap untold pain on too many humans, and a daring plan that could mean the end of many Sûreté careers. ENJOY!

(A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)

Rating: 97/100

Buy it tomorrow at Barnes & Noble / Amazon / IndieBound

Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

In celebration, I thought I’d pick some favorite book titles to share with you.  But, how do you pick favorites when new books are coming out all the time, your old loves are waiting patiently to be picked up again, and still there are 100s and 1,000s of books you’ve never even laid eyes on?  Do you hear the panic in my voice?  That’s the panic felt by every book lover, every day.  It is especially the panic of those of us who work in an actual bookstore.  So, I’m going to let you see my secret stash of books from the last year.


Yes, this is (mostly) from the last year. *Sigh*  It’s a never ending struggle, this love of books.  Share your book stash, if you dare!

My top 5 books of all time (in this minute):

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Any title in the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny

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