All posts tagged: Glass Houses

Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set In Your Own Country

So this weeks’ Top 5 Tuesday is an interesting one. Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm wants us to talk about our top 5 books set in the country where we live. Which, in my case, is Canada. Which means, for me at least, Louise Penny. All her books are set in the fictional village of Three Pines, here, in the province of Québec, which should make it obvious why I picked up the series to begin with. But this isn’t just your average series, this series is something special. From the setting, to the plots, to the over-all character growth from book to book. Louise Penny has crafted a series and characters that are, quite simply, outstanding. Let me stress that while each novel can be read as a standalone, to full appreciate the character growth it’s best to start with book one. It just means you don’t miss out on these continuing arcs and threads seeded in previous books. So, let’s talk favourites here: GLASS HOUSES (book 13) — When a mysterious figure …

Book Review: GLASS HOUSES

DETAILS Title: GLASS HOUSES Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN: 9781250066190 Genre: Crime | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own …

First Impressions Friday: GLASS HOUSES

Following on from the excellent TH1RT3EN, a kick-ass legal thriller from Steve Cavanagh, I picked up Louise Penny’s thirteenth book (see, see what I did there) in her Armand Gamache series, GLASS HOUSES. And, before I knew it, was almost half way—over half way?—through the book. And, at this break neck pace, I look set to finish the rest of it possible tonight, in one sitting! Yes, it’s that good. Yes, it’s that absorbing. This has been, so far, one very powerful read. So much so, I was cussing Penny’s good name last night. Yelling at Gamache, no, literally, I was that absorbed with the character, and what was happening! My partner asking me what was wrong and, on seeing my face, thought I might throw the book at the wall. No! I can’t tell you at this stage why, it would spoil everything. Just know that when I do finish and get around to writing my review, there will be some big time spoilers involved. There will be no other way to talk about …