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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 24: How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny

One of the great joys of reading is coming upon a series that you would have never read at first glance. This has happened to me with the Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny. I’m a not a big mystery or crime fiction reader. However, I read The Long Way Home two years ago and was immediately taken by the characters and the setting of Three Pines in Quebec.

I had gotten busy with reading and reviewing other books over the past couple of years since I read The Long Way Home. But, I knew that I would come back to the world of Inspector Gamache and Three Pines as soon as possible.

How The Light Gets In is the ninth book in the series and tells the story of a woman from the famous Ouellet quintuplet family. She visited the village of Three Pines to meet with her friend and bookstore owner, Myrna Landers. Constance Ouellet had planned to return to Three Pines for the Christmas holidays, but never made it.

Inspector Gamache begins his investigation into the murder of Constance Ouellet and discovers how strained family ties can be even if you are a famous sibling of five. Also, the inspector learns more about the corruption within his police department, The Surete of the Quebec. Those two factors come together in a surprising and powerful conclusion that will change everything for Gamache and those close to him.

I will admit that the murder plot is not the real draw for me in this series. Penny has a keen understanding of human nature and written well-developed characters of Inspector Gamache, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, his former protege, the profane poet Ruth and her pet duck, Rosa and the artist Clara. Those elements are what has pulled me into the world of Inspector Gamache and created a new fan. I have learned a valuable reading lesson. Great characters and setting in a novel are essential for me as a reader.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Even though, I have started out of order. How The Light Gets In is an excellent place to start if you have never read a Gamache novel. I truly believe you will want to read the rest of the series after trying this novel. Highly recommended.

Book Review 107: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

“It’s exactly that. Lillian Dyson murdered, or tried to murder, many people. Not physically, but just as cruelly. By taking away their dreams. Their creations.” “Her weapon was her reviews,” said Normand. “They weren’t just reviews,” agreed Gamache. “Creative people know being reviewed, and sometimes badly, is part of the package. Not pleasant, but a… Continue Reading

Book Review 55: Consequences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Miles Flint, a Retrieval Artist, was hired by a prominent couple on the moon colony of Armstrong to find their daughter who has become a Disappeared because of her political activities on several planets. Flint retrieved the daughter and reunited her with the parents.  However, the reunion was not a happy one and short-lived.  They… Continue Reading

Book Review 48: Extremes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

What happens when a rogue scientist decides she wants to kill an entire moon city with a virus in order to create her own version of a superhuman race? That question is the basic plot of Extremes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  Extremes is the second novel in the multi-genre Retrieval Artist Series. Miles Flint has become… Continue Reading

Book Review 47: The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Has anybody ever read a science fiction mystery? I must admit I love when authors combine genres in their books.  Dean Koontz is one of the masters of genre combining and twisting in his works. The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is the first novel I’ve read that combines a standard science fiction setting with a traditional… Continue Reading