Louise Penny Recommends . . .

Since we are currently only able to ship new, unsigned books directly from our distributor (what with Coronavirus keeping nonessential businesses shuttered in NYC), we reached out to a few of our friends to ask their suggestions for those hunkered down in a state of social isolation.

**Note: Older titles that are still in print may lag, since Ingram's warehouse is oftentimes not as comprehensive as our own shelves. New titles (featured with images below) should ship right away.

Today, we've got recommendations from Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series.

Six books I’ve loved reading — Honestly, in these stressful times, when the ground seems to be constantly shifting, I go back to comfort reads.  Re-reading books because I don’t want any more surprises.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie.  Her third book, it features Hercule Poirot and has been almost universally hailed as her best.  Though, to be honest, in these days I’m happy to read any Christie.
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Maigret has Doubts (though sometimes known as Maigret’s Doubts), Georges Simenon.  In this, the Paris police inspector meets up with a man in a brasserie who suspects his wife is trying to poison him.  This thrusts Maigret into the middle of a marriage mired in conflicting and hidden agendas.  It’s classic Simenon.  I prefer the ones written post-war but, like Christie, any Maigret in a storm!

[Editor's Note: Unfortunately, Maigret's Doubts is not currently available from our distributor; Maigret and the Dead Girl, #45 in the series, was published in the same period and, in our minds, is a fine substitute. As Louise says, "Any Maigret in a storm!"]
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The Second Sleep, Robert Harris.  Set in medieval Britain, a young priest is sent to do the funeral for a parish priest, when he discovers that the man might have been murdered.  I’ll tell you, brace yourself for one of the great twists of all time. 
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Pompeii, Robert Harris.  I loved this book – was completely riveted.  Knowing what was coming, I felt like screaming into the pages – run!
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The Long Call, Ann Cleeves.  OK, full disclosure – Ann is a good friend, but she also happens to be a gifted writer of crime fiction.  One of the modern masters.  You probably know her Vera and Shetland series – they’re on TV — but believe me, the books are well worth reading even if you watch the stories.  In The Long Call Ann begins a whole new series set in North Devon, with a wonderful, complex, new character in Detective Matthew Venn. 
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The Flavia Series, Alan Bradley.  Now here’s a master storyteller (and he’s Canadian, thank you very much).  How great does a writer be to create a character, a world, built around a brilliant little girl, when the writer himself is, of course, not a little girl.  Nor has he ever been.  I have (though not, admittedly, brilliant) and Alan gets it better than I could.  What dark magic is this??  A series well worth exploring, from the beginning.  The most recent is The Golden Tresses of the Dead.

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Louise Penny's A Better Man, the latest novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, is available now! If you aren't familiar with her fabulous character and the world of Three Pines, check out the first book in the series, Still Life
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