Books that take you to plot school: Louise Penny
Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Mysteries, No. 1)

Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Mysteries, No. 1)

Still Life is the first in a beloved mystery series. In the idyllic small town of Three Pines, Quebec, where people don’t even lock their doors, a beloved local woman is found in the woods with an arrow shot through her heart. The locals believe it must be a hunting accident, but Chief Inspector Gamache senses something is off. The story is constructed as a classic whodunit but it feels like anything but, with its deliberate pacing, dry wit, and lyrical writing. A stunningly good first novel. More info →
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Bury Your Dead  (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery)

Bury Your Dead (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery)

Chief Inspector Gamache is supposed to be on leave after his last investigation went horrifyingly wrong. But he can’t ignore the dead body found at the Literary and Historical Society in Quebec when employees ask for his help in untangling the truth of a 400 year old secret. Meanwhile in Three Pines, Bistro owner Olivier was convicted of murder, even as his partner insists Olivier didn’t do it. As these events swirl around him. Gamache must make sense of not only the crimes but what happened in his own past. Layered and heart-wrenching, Penny skillfully moves the series forward by examining the nature of guilt, how we bear witness to culture and history, and what happens when we can't forgive. More info →
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Kingdom of the Blind (A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)

Kingdom of the Blind (A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)

The most recent release in the series finds Gamache descending upon an abandoned farmhouse outside Three Pines after a stranger named him as the executor of her will. He has no idea what to make of the request until a body is found. All the while, Gamache faces an investigation for the events that led to his suspension. Who could have ever predicted that after reading Still Life?! Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long for the next Louise Penny novel: A Better Man, book 15, comes out August 27. More info →
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