Every August I look forward to settling in with the newest Louise Penny. Penny’s crime novels center on the tiny town of Three Pines, located in Quebec. A Great Reckoning is the twelfth in her Chief Inspector Gamache series.
There are times I wonder why I like these books. Sometimes they are a little too cozy for my taste, or they veer into sentimentality. But I still come back to them. Throughout the series, the characters all struggle with questions of how to keep going in the face of pain, horror and loss. If the answers are sometimes cheesy, they are also often incredibly poignant and beautiful.
Plus the town of Three Pines has such a charming, storybook feel (even in the face of recurring evil), that I usually start checking real estate listings from Quebec. And I’m usually hungry, thanks to the frequent bistro scenes. (Just waiting for a Three Pines cookbook to make its way to the marketplace.)
While this could be read as a standalone, there are enough themes, characters and history carrying through from past novels that newcomers might want to start at the beginning of the series.
A Great Reckoning will be published on August 30, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press. I received an advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.