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Glass Houses, by Louise Penny

IN A NUTSHELL

Title:  Glass Houses

Author:  Louise Penny

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books

Date of Release:  August 29, 2017

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

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!

Susan

 

 

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Fixing to Die, by Miranda James

In a Nutshell

Title:  Fixing to Die: A Southern Ladies Mystery

Author:  Miranda James

Publisher:  Berkeley Publishing Group

Date of Release:  October 3, 2017

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller/Cozy Mystery

Source:  The publisher provided a time-sensitive e-galley of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating:  3 Acorns out of 5

I’m still a huge fan of Nancy Drew mysteries. In fact, I still have the first 20 of that series on the shelf, not three feet away from me as I write. This mystery sure reminded me of those stories and Nancy Drew is mentioned more than once in it, along with the Hardy Boys. There’s a ghost and hidden rooms as the Ducote Sisters, plus their ward Benjy and pets visit an old home in Nachez to help the granddaughter of an old friend with a ghostly problem that turns into a murder.

I’m also a huge fan of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by the same author. The Southern Ladies Mysteries still feel like a spin-off and I look forward to this series finding its own place as also I look forward to seeing more of this series. This was a wonderful beach read and I think it unfortunate it won’t be released until October 3, 2017. Nevertheless, do check it out, it is probably as fun a read with a hot cup of cocoa while you’re curled up in an afghan!

Have a good week!

Susan

 

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