A Better Man by Louise Penny

A Better Man is the new book in Louise Penny’s book series. I discovered the Inspector Gamache books at the seventh book then promptly went to the first book and listened to them all. I loved them so much I bought the Kindle books and read them. I loved them so much I bought the hardcover books because I just needed to have them on the bookshelf. They are books about honor and character and love.

There are days when I long to disappear to the fictional town of Three Pines in Canada, sip a hot chocolate at the Bistro and swap stories with Gabri and Olivier. Sometimes I catch myself thinking about the characters and wondering what they are doing as if they were friends.
The people populating Three Pines are all interesting and fabulously complicated, but my favorite is the old poet, Ruth. You’ll never say “I’m fine” after reading what FINE means! But also, Clara, Gabri, Olivier, Myrna and of course Gamache himself. And the animals are all also unique and beautifully drawn—from Henri the German Shepherd with the large ears and the slightly vacuous head to Rosa the duck to Mark the horse and the new puppy Gracie who Gamache’s wife, Reine-Marie, brought home after being given the pick of the litter. She chose the runt who looks a little like a dragon and might not be a dog. Be careful stepping into the Inspector Gamache book series, you won’t be able to step out.

A few favorite lines:

“Chief Inspector Gamache’s says there are ‘four sentences that lead to wisdom: I don’t know. I need help. I’m sorry. I was wrong.”

“Who hurt you once, so far beyond repair?”

“Is it true? Is it kind? Does it need to be said?”

“Outside, clouds had once again rolled in and brought with them snow. Again. Huge soft flakes, as though the clouds themselves were breaking up and drifting down in pieces.”

Reviews:

“A Better Man, with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

“Enchanting… one of his most ennobling missions.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

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