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Can't Wait Wednesday - Upcoming Book Release

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

This is my first participation in this meme and it seems like a good one to keep my finger on the pulse of new releases that I might want to read. Another source for my ever growing TBR. The book I'm excitedly awaiting is:

A World of Curiosities #18 Inspector Gamache

by Louise Penny

Surprisingly, GR hasn't updated the blurb, so it's basically non-existent. This blurb is from Amazon. The book goes on sale November 29 - just in time for Christmas!

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines. But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge. In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.


In 2022 I read the first 17 books of the series and fell so deeply in love with the characters of Three Pines, that I'll read every book, as long as Louise Penny will write them.

For those of you on the fence about starting the Inspector Gamache series, let me give you this tiny bit of information. The mysteries are never graphic - it's more of a cozy mystery in that the actual murder is described, but often obliquely and never dwelling on the blood and guts of the crime. They are much more character focused as they try solve a distinctly tricky, complex murder.

There are often 2-3 storylines twining together, and sometimes one of those secondary stories is the one I find more interesting. The locale varies from the tiny town of Three Pines, to the bustle of Montreal or Quebec City, giving each story its own vibe. It's definitely better to read them in order because there are a few pivotal events in some of the early books that are referenced frequently in subsequent books. Do you HAVE to know those details? No. Each book is completely readable on its own. I just think you get a more enjoyable experience if you read them in order. I started in the middle then went back to the beginning and never regretted it.

And, that's why I want to read this book and hope I've inspired some of you to give the series a try!

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