Dec 29, 2019

Sunday Salon: A Better Man by Louise Penny

A Better Man (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #15)

A Better Man by Louise Penny, August 27, 2019, Minotaur Books

Genre: suspense, thriller 
Source: library book 

Inspector Gamache, agreeing to return to work in the homicide department in Montreal under diminished circumstances, finds himself second to his son-in-law in the Surete hierarchy. However, there is no conflict as others had expected. Gamache shows humility and willingness to work under his son-in-law, Jean-Guy, but goes out of his way to solve, in his own way, a case of a missing woman that comes to his attention through a new member of the department.

Suspense and another excellent plot and character delineation make this a very good read. The retirement of Jean-Guy to another position in Paris leaves the way open for more of Gamache in his previous role as sole head of the homicide department. I'm looking forward to more.

New mysteries on the shelf:
Careless Whiskers (Cat in the Stacks #12)

Careless Whiskers by Miranda James

January 21, 2020, Berkley 
Genre: cozy mystery
When librarian Charlie Harris' daughter is falsely accused of murder, he and his faithful feline Diesel must leap forward to crack the case .

Murder Ink (Victoria Square, #6)
Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett with Gayle Leeson, December 31, 2019, Berkley
Genre: cozy mystery

A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That's what the sheriff's office and Katie Bonner want to know when the building's owner is electrocuted with his own saw. (publisher)

What are you reading this week?

Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You ReadingMailbox Monday and Sunday Salon


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

You've got some great mysteries going there. I've heard lots of positive buzz about Louise Penny. Glad you enjoyed her book.

I'm working on reading mood-boosting books in 2020. I've already started them (why not?) and it's surprising how nice it is to read about positive forces at work in the world. Especially when the world can be so negative.

Here's to a wonderful new year!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

I wish I had time for another series because I’d like to read the Inspector Gamache series.

Wishing you a great reading week and a Happy New Year

Flora said...

I'm hoping to catch up with a couple of partially finished series in 2020 and I'm desperately trying not to be attracted by any new ones - but it's sooo hard to resist! ;-)
Happy New Year, Harvee, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
Here's my Sunday Post
Flora x

Kathryn T said...

I know a lot of readers love the Louise Penny books. Must be a great series. Hope you enjoy all your reading this week.

pussreboots said...

How exciting to see a new Miranda James book. I'm only on book seven. My weekly update

Mary (Bookfan) said...

A Better Man sounds good!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

These all look good, and I'm eager to read more from Louise Penny. Thanks for sharing, and here are my Weekly Updates

Beth F said...

I love cozies and really like Louise Penny! I need to get back to all my series.

Girl Who Reads said...

I love cozy mysteries. And the ones on your list look good. See what I've been reading at Girl Who Reads

bermudaonion said...

I need to try a Louise Penny book because everyone seems to love her work. Happy New Year!

Kathy Martin said...

I've read a couple in that series by Miranda James and enjoyed them. I keep seeing Louise Penny's books but haven't tried one yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading and happy new year!

Savvy Verse & Wit said...

Murder Ink sounds like a good read.

Martha Eskuchen said...

Nice group of mysteries -Murder Ink is one I have been eyeing.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Laurie C said...

I love Louise Penny's books! I always listen to them on audio, though. I like my cozy mysteries on audio, too. I like the sounds of the ones you've mentioned here, especially the Miranda James, which I've had in mind to read already.

Elizabeth said...

Enjoy the Louise Penny book.

Happy New Year!!

bookertalk said...

I love the Louise Penny novels and have been fascinated by the way she introduces something new to keep the series feeling fresh. I'd never have come up with a device which sees him having to report to his son in law though. Interesting idea

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