Louise Penny created a world for herself—and us—in the village of Three Pines, Quebec. There are no cell phones, no cable, no broadband connections in Three Pines; just real people, living, loving, and hurting. No wonder Inspector Armand Gamache is drawn there, away from the strains of Montreal’s ace police force.
And no wonder her latest, How the Light Gets In, debuted at the top of the New York Times best seller list. These are great books, with characters you grow to know and care about: Clara and Peter, artists; Myrna, bookstore owner; Olivier and Gabri, gay owners of the local inn; Ruth, the angry, brilliant poet; and most of all, Gamache and his colleagues and family.
In this series, the mysteries are incidental; the real story is deeper and more important. As Penny has said, her goal is to remind us that there is good in the world—something we can all use right now.
So do yourself a favor. Start with the first book in the series, Still Life, and keep going.