Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Favorite Author: Louise Penny

Louise Penny writes a mystery series set in the Provence of Quebec, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. I only started reading the series in 2014, when I was planning a vacation to Quebec. Oregon author Judy Nedry turned me on to Penny when Judy named her as a favorite.

I love the books because the mysteries are intricate and the characters are complicated. What sets the series apart is that some of the characters are allowed to be very witty and Penny uses humor with a deft hand. The books aren't comic, like Elmore Leonard's or Carl Hiaasen's, but they have very funny bits in them. Very funny.

Those I have read are in red.

1. Still Life
2. A Fatal Grace
3. The Cruelest Month
4. A Rule Against Murder
5. Brutal Telling
6. Bury Your Dead
7. A Trick of the Light
8. The Beautiful Mystery
9. How the Light Gets In
10. The Long Way Home

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