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AN AUGUST 2017 LibraryReads PICK!
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.
In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping audiobook, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
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By Mme Alison Strayer on 09-17-17
Labored plot and research crushes the story
What disappointed you about Glass Houses?
Glass Houses was a disappointment (even aggravating) for the same reasons as the last three or so by the same author, beginning with The Brutal Telling.
Would you recommend Glass Houses to your friends? Why or why not?
I always recommend Louise Penny, but I would recommend that a reader new to her work start with the first book and read them in order. I would definitely not recommend starting with Glass Houses or any of the last three. For some time I have felt that the wonderful characters, their interactions and vivid, distinctive dialogue has been upstaged by an emphasis on large-scale corruption, the intricate setting of police traps for the bad guys, etc. The author's research on often-arcane subjects has figured in the books for a long time; interesting enough, but between it and the cops-and- robbers machinations, the whole feels strained, over-plotted and somehow anonymous.
Which character – as performed by Robert Bathurst – was your favorite?
Ruth and her duck Rosa. Beauvoir.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, exasperation. Sadness, too.
Any additional comments?
When first audio-reading these books (one after the other), I felt that life in Three Pines was a river that flowed somewhere, had always flowed -- notwithstanding tragedy and the unexpected-- and would keep on flowing, whether we were there (so to speak) or not. I remain an admirer. May Louise Penny and Three Pines flow on.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Jacqueline Jacobs on 09-13-17
I have read all 13 of her books and had the privilege to hear her in person. She never fails to deliver: A great storyline, endearing characters, and mystery to the end.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful