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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Highly Recommended Reading: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny is a terrific book. The plot is twisty and engaging, the story is full of interesting characters, and there are layers of ideas and philosophy that make this a tasty novel, not a thin-soup murder mystery (we've all dashed through those, haven't we?). But while the book provides lots of interesting things to think about, there nonetheless is a murder to solve.
Beauvoir looked down at the body
"Maybe," said Gamache. "Does something strike you as strange?"
Beauvoir examined the scene more closely.
"Oui. The gun. It's on the wrong side. If he'd killed himself, it'd be on the same side as the entrance wound."
Gamache nodded, lost in thought.
Former Chief of Homicide for the Surete du Quebec Armand Gamache is now in charge of the police academy. The school has been riddled with corruption and Gamache is taking bold steps to right the ship. But the changes he sets in place create more pressure in an already tense institution. And when a murder takes place at the school, the faculty, students, even Gamache himself come under suspicion.

Tied to the murder at the academy is the mysterious map found inside a wall of the bistro in Three Pines, Gamache's home town. Gamache had given copies of the map to four cadets with the assignment of solving its riddle. When one of those copies is found with the murder victim, the residents of Three Pines get pulled into both mysteries.

A Great Reckoning is highly recommended reading.

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