Louise Penny | Fiction
Three Pines is a remote village south of Montreal. It is a tiny and peaceful hamlet, where everyone knows everyone. Early one Sunday morning during hunting season, an important elderly community member, Jane Neal, is found dead in the woods, with a lethal wound from an arrow.
We meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators who eventually solve the mystery of Jane’s death, and of her secret artwork. Thus begins Louise Penny’s thirteen Armand Gamache mystery novels.
I found this book fun and delightful. Suggested by my friend Janet, it kept me company all the way from Baltimore to home, when I just couldn’t bear to open Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver again (more on that in a future blog post). I enjoyed Louise Penny’s ability to draw characters quickly and succinctly, and to explore both their inner and outer relationships. Her storytelling, however, didn’t quite compel me. It was a little slow, a little gentle.
That being said, I have decided to read book #2 in the series before I commit to read, or not read, all 13. More to follow after I read A Fatal Grace.