What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading

Glass Houses


by Louise Penny
Minotaur Books

Sister Audrey Steff

In reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny I found it to be very entralling, thought-provoking and of course, very good. Here is Penny's 13th novel with her hero Armand Gamache, chief superintendent of the Montreal Police, involved in a mystery within a mystery, leading to an explosive ending.

Penny's cast of characters, some "regulars" along with some new additions, live up to their reputations, although with each new book the reader will learn much more about these amazing people who live in a simple Canadian village called Three Pines. I even saw a bit of understanding and, perhaps a bit less antipathy between perpetual antagonists Jean Guy and Ruth.

This fascinating story brought up several questions as I read on and on: Why was Armand Gamache at the center of a murder trial? Why was the Chief Crown (who supposedly was on the same side as Gamache) continually taunting Gamache with each question? What is a cobrador? When is a lie acceptable to the honest and ethical Gamache?

One of these questions will be answered early in the book. The others, well, you'll have to wait a bit.

Although each book is an independent story and, therefore, can be read at any time, there is an advantage to reading Penny's books in order--character development! If you'd like this option, start with Still Life.

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