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Glass Houses, by Louise Penny


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!





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The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery – an Audiobook Review

Once in a great while I read a book I can’t stop thinking about. I finished listening to The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny about a week ago. Pieces, parts and chunks of the story continue to invade my thoughts. As a result, I can’t help but think that Louise Penny’s works will survive the test of time that more popular, mainstream writers enjoy today. Although, Penny is getting to be that popular. What sets her work apart is her lyrical prose and multilayered storylines. I have been fortunate in having read the previous Three Pines Mysteries in order and have come think of the characters as people I actually know. I read for an escape and even though the bodies are piling up in Three Pines like cord wood, thanks to Penny’s wonderful work, I still look forward to an escape to her world. Perhaps it is because her works are a search for goodness rather than evil.

The Brutal Telling is about the murder of a hermit who lived in the woods with a cabin full of valuable art and artifacts unbeknownst to everyone except the town’s antique dealer who has reaped the rewards of helping the hermit through the years. But that is just the main plot. As with the other Three Pines Mysteries, Penny weaves an intricate web of story lines which are every bit as interesting as the main plot.

Ralph Cosham is the narrator of the unabridged version and does a superb job of breathing life into Penny’s great characters.

I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the start of the next in the series, Bury Your Dead. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait for it. I’m a bit behind in my reading so I have Bury Your Dead as well as another waiting for me.

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