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These books were recommended to me by Momac, for which she has my sincere thanks and eternal gratitude as they have given me great pleasure, enjoyment and welcome relaxation. Also, an addiction to the writing of Louise Penny. The quiet village of Three Pines in rural Quebec has an interesting assortment of inhabitants including a poet, two artists, an antiques collector and a psychologist turned bookshop owner who meet in each other’s homes or the friendly local bistro to socialise, exchange gossip and enjoy good food. Strangely, for such a pleasant restful village,Three Pines does tend to have rather more murders than one would expect. Chief Inspector Gamache, Head of Homicide for the Surete of Quebec, comes with his team to investigate in the first book, Still Life. Thereafter he and the team return at frequent intervals, to solve new murders, while getting to know and understand the villagers more as time goes on. This makes it hard when those they like are among the suspects. Sometimes the actual crimes occur elsewhere but there is always a link to Three Pines. This series really should be read in order as there are many themes and storylines running parallel and developing throughout. The personalities and dynamics of the Homicide Team are well portrayed and we begin to know them well as individuals and have an interest in their personal lives. The lives of some villagers are also explored in detail and we may become fond of or exasperated by them, This is done by thoughtful explorations of human strengths, weaknesses and dilemmas, not in any way trite or mawkish. The final and greatest pleasure of this series for me was all the incidental general or detailed information about customs, history and locations in and around French speaking Quebec. As usual I ended up with google maps handy to work out where everything occurred in this vast beautiful country and it hqs left me looking forward to learning more. I gladly recommend this series and so far have read/listened to and enjoyed seven books. The sixth, Bury the Dead, is outstandingly good and gained several awards, but as mentioned previously it is best to read in order to enjoy perfectly.