All posts tagged: Louise Penny

Louise Penny: A virtual Tour

Welcome to the Bury Your Dead mini tour of Québec City. “As Québec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the most unusual case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings—a library where the English citizens of Québec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries…a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to apprehend a present-day killer.” Hi, my name is Alex, and I’ll be your tour guide for the remained of this post. Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny‘s six book in her Gamache series is set here in Québec City, in the dead of winter. Which, I might add, are several months long and reach temperatures even your long johns are not prepared for! But I digress. The book opens with Gamache thinking deeply about the terrible events of a raid gone wrong, as he sits across …

Six Degrees of Separation

Following on from Sandra’s post over at A Corner of Cornwall, and joining in the MeMe hosted by Kate at books are my favourite and best — in which readers create a chain of six books leading from the monthly title, this month (June) is The Tipping Point (2002) by Malcolm Gladwell — I thought I would join in, but, of course, having never read this month’s title and starting point, nor knowing the author, I hit my first hurdle. Then I gave it a moment’s thought and wondered about the title, ‘tipping point,’ which brought me of all places to physics. Yes, that kind of tipping point—the point where there is no turning back, where a thing will go from being balanced, to being unbalanced. Which in turn reminded me of a book I read just last month, The Missing Informant by Anders de la Motte. Where David Sarac and, in fact, a number of characters in this fast-paced thriller face their own ‘tipping points,’ and, as the various story threads weave and intertwine, …

My Life of Crime

Or, to be exact, my life of crime reading, which began about 3-4 years ago. Up until then, I would say I read a mixed bag and cross section of genre. And, up until I left the Print & Publishing world about ten years ago, was probably reading close to 70% SF and speculative fiction. I say speculative because at one point, I moved from almost exclusively reading SF through most of my teen years, to reading some fantasy, a little paranormal, and some supernatural. I never really took to horror, in the same way I strongly dislike ‘horror’ movies. It always boils down to violence, and I’m just not interest. Which makes it all the more odd that I eventually wandered into reading crime fiction. But then again, crime fiction is an umbrella term I think we all use to cover quite a cross section of tropes that fit neatly, and some not so neatly, under that umbrella. We’re all familiar with the whodunnit, courtroom drama, murder-mystery, suspense, cozy mysteries, police procedurals, detective stories, …