IN A NUTSHELL
Title: Glass Houses
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
Date of Release: August 29, 2017
Source: I received a time-sensitive e-galley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Acorns
After reading Glass Houses, I feel like I had a vacation in Three Pines that nearly idyllic place north of Vermont where everyone seems to care for each other yet every conceivable crime takes place. I’ve followed this series from the beginning and with every book, I feel like the characters are good friends I visit once a year and with whom I learn a bit more with every visit. This trip was no different. Louise Penny does not disappoint.
At the heart of this series is her protagonist Armand Gamache who will put everything on the line for his family and province and even the world. In Glass Houses, a visitor to Three Pines is found murdered and dressed in the costume of a mysterious figure that has been standing watch in the center of Three Pines for days. At first the villagers are unsure what this apparition is, once they find out, they are unsure for whom the figure has appeared.
As usual with Penny thrillers, there is parallel story line. This time it’s the transportation of drugs by cartels in Canada and the US. Always the master storyteller, Penny weaves these two lines together in an intricate web.
The scenarios switch back and forth between the murder trial for the visitor victim and the time leading up to the murder and immediately after. At times I had trouble maintaining which time frame I was in as both scenarios have scenes in Three Pines. Nevertheless the murder trial is what binds the parallel story lines.
I highly recommend. After all we all deserve an escape! Have a great week!