If there’s one thing I love most in this world, it’s books. Although Children Literature is my favourite genre, as you may have noticed with my Kids Lit Series, in the past year I have been delving deeper into other genres–mystery, fiction, biography, Travel Lit, Business, history etc. So I thought, why not share some of my reads with you? Welcome to My Book Bag!
Last year, I was introduced to a fabulous Canadian author by the name of Louise Penny and her Inspector Gamache mystery novels. I read the first book in the series, Still Life, and was hooked, buying out the entire 10 book series within the month. Penny’s novels revolve around the main character Inspector Armand Gamache, chief of homicide for the Surete du Quebec, his team, and a delightful village called Three Pines, hidden away in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
This was my first time delving in to the Mystery Genre and I thank all those who recommended Louise Penny’s books, for they could not have chosen a better book to spark my latest obsession. I love Louise Penny’s novels for so many reasons. Firstly, the fact that it is a Canadian read already gives it 3 stars in my eyes–I love the “Canadianisms” she includes in the narrative that only Canadians would get, ie. Tim Horton’s double double; it makes me feels so proud that a global best seller originated from the True North.
Secondly, I think Penny’s descriptions of landscapes, scenarios and characters are just spectacular. The way she pens the details about the people, the village and their thoughts and emotions shimmering beneath jump out at you so vividly; you really feel like you’re right there sitting on one of the porches off the village green or eating croissants with Inspector Gamache and the charmingly quirky yet soulful characters of Three Pines.
And lastly, the thing I love the most about Louise Penny’s novels is the humanity of her mysteries. I don’t know how she does it, but Penny captures the emotions, thoughts and sentiments of the characters, even the killers, with such sensitivity and compassion, it’s amazing. She created characters that you can relate to as a whole–understanding and accepting the good and the bad in each of them. And despite some of these fatal flaws, Penny uses Three Pines to draw out the goodness in the characters, leaving you with the comfort that good does triumph over evil.
An interesting thing to note, after finishing the series I followed Louise Penny on her blog and she mentioned something that really stuck in my head. She said that if there’s one thing she wants her readers to take away from these books is that kindness, goodness, humanity, compassion–they all exist and if we look closely at the little everyday details of our lives, we’ll find them. I couldn’t agree more. Her books help you remember that.
All in all, I highly recommend the Inspector Gamache mysteries, they are a delightful read and re-read. Please check them out, you won’t regret it!