All posts tagged: Louise Penny

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 …

Snippets Of News

I didn’t have a post planned for today, as I was supposed to be out, but we had to reschedule, also my hair appointment was moved to later today. So, here I am, throwing together a quick post to share with you some snippets of news, as found over on Twitter. First up Louise Penny is sharing the good news that her 15 book, A BETTER MAN, will be released later this year, on August 27th. For more news about her work and the loss of her beloved dog, Bishop, you can check out her March newsletter. I also found out after tweeting with the wonderful Kathleen Kent, author of the crime thriller, THE DIME, which I reviewed here, that her second book, THE BURN—also featuring Detective Betty Rhyzyk—is finished. With ARCs being made available during Bouchercon this autumn, with a planned released in Feb 2020. Gawd, can I wait that long? So, there you have it. My review of SHELL GAME by Sara Paretsky will be up on Monday, till then, have a great …

WWW Wednesday

Today I thought I’d take part in WWW Wednesday, which is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and share with you: What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you will read next? What I just finished reading: If you are regular, you will know I just finished reading the drugs cartel shoot-them-up, TEXAS SICARIO by Harry Hunsicker, which turned out to be a novel left over from another era. This kind of ‘noir’ might have seemed exciting back in the day with screaming femme fatals, but by today’s standards, left a lot to be desired. What I’m reading now: I started reading BLACKLIGHT BLUE by Peter May last night and, while the story telling is much better than Texas Sicario, I’m beginning to think old white dudes in their mid to late fifties have got a problem writing female characters. As Peter May spends an inordinate amount of page space describing how ample a woman’s breasts are, among other sexist bullsh*t. I’m half …