On Wednesday I went to Louise Penny’s signing at Murder By The Book. Her latest novel, How the Light Gets In, is the ninth in her Chief Inspector Gamache series. Just hours before the signing was scheduled, she received word that the book debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Every published book is cause for celebration, but this is spectacular. I love this series and am so grateful that Johnny at MBTB recommended it to me several years ago.
The first time I went to a Louise Penny signing, she drew a blind pig in my Moleskine (which I take because all but one of her books that I own are eBooks I’ve purchased at MBTB for my Nook–nothing for her to sign). This time, she drew three pines over her name, because Three Pines is the fictional town where many of the characters live and where Gamache goes to nourish his soul and do some of his best thinking. If you haven’t read any of these books, I highly recommend that you begin with the first, Still Life, and read them in order. Though they are mysteries, they are also compelling stories about the best and worst of human nature.
Looking forward to many more visits (and revisits) to the Quebec village of Three Pines. Join me there!
If you’re not local to Houston and can’t visit Murder By The Book, you can still go through the store for your eBooks. Read how here.