I almost posted a dancing Snoopy here since I scored the big one this past week!!!! Un petit paquet arrived in my mailbox from Quebec! I managed to win an autographed ARC of Louise Penny's upcoming #9 in the Chief Inspector Gamage series "How the Light Gets In." As you know if you visit Tutu with any regularity, Louise Penny is one of my top five favorite authors, and I'm really pleased that in this one she has returned her protagonist Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to the magical village of Three Pines. I even have gotten Mr. Tutu hooked on these mysteries to the point that we are planning a trip to Quebec next summer to participate in the Bury Your Dead walking tour.
So here's what I have to look forward to in the next couple weeks. Although publication date is August 27th, I won't be waiting that long to read it.
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen
Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.With this book on my TBR pile, I don't need anything but a nice pot of tea to reach nirvana. Thank you Louise (and your assistant Lise) for choosing my entry.
As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?