August 27, 2019
1st Line/1st Paragraph: A Better Man by Louise Penny
I’m linking up this week with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph of the book you are currently reading.
I’m pleased to share a passage from a book that’s been one of my highly anticipated August reads: A Better Man. This is #15 in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series….are you a Three Pines fan?
From Amazon: “Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.
In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question: What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?”
A Better Man by Louise Penny
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Genre/Categories: Mystery, Crime Fiction
Selected Passage From Chapter One:
“Clara gave Myrna her phone, though the bookstore owner already knew what she’d find.
Before meeting Clara for breakfast, Myrna had checked her Twitter feed. On the screen, for the world to see, was the quickly cooling body of Clara’s artistic career.
As Myrna read, Clara wrapped her large, paint-stained hands around her mug of hot chocolate, a specialite de la maison, and shifted her eyes from her friend to the mullioned window and the tiny Quebec village beyond.
If the phone was an assault, the window was the balm. While perhaps not totally healing, it was at least comforting in its familiarity.
The sky was gray and threatened rain. Or sleet. Ice pellets or snow. The dirt road was covered in slush and mud. There were patches of snow on the sodden grass. Villagers out walking their dogs were clumping around in rubber boots and wrapped in layers of clothing, hoping to keep April away from their skin and out of their bones.”
I chose a passage from the early pages of Chapter One to demonstrate the setting that is like a character in these books. Three Pines is a safe haven for troubled souls. Does this passage entice you?
This series has its devoted fans. Are you a fan of The Inspector Gamache Series?
To read reviews of earlier titles in the series see HERE and HERE.
Return on Friday for my full review of A Better Man
and on Saturday for my August Wrap Up.
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The passage does entice me! My friends are big fans of Inspector Gamache and keep telling me to jump on the wagon. I’d love to start from the beginning, though.💜
Yes, it’s important to start from the beginning! I think the series really hits its stride around Book 4. I hope you enjoy! Keep me posted! 👍😍
I can’t wait to read this one!
I’ve blocked out the entire day for reading! 👍😍🙌❤️📚
I have never read this author but the part you shared sounds good. I may check into the series. I have a question though, can the books be read as standalones?
I’ve known readers who have read them as stand alone….but in my opinion this series is best read in order because of character development, complicated relationships, and political intrigue that deepen with each book.
Oh yes, I plan to try this one. Great pick.
I hope you enjoy it! 👍😍
Sounds great, I do like this author. Hope your’re enjoying it!
Here is my Tuesday Teaser post. Have a good week. 🙂
Thanks for commenting and leaving your link! 👍😍
I started this series and need to get back to it!!
A new installment is something fun to look forward to every year! 👍😍