Sunday, October 13, 2013
IN SHORT, SO LONG? I
For the past six months I have had a backlog of books to review. Two major life events--my father illness and death, in summer and my only daughter's wedding, last week--took priority. Although my family takes precedence, I feel that that I was remiss in not finding the time to be among the first to praise books such as Louise Penny's thrilling new novel, HOW THE THE LIGHT GETS IN and Sujata Massey's superb THE SLEEPING DICTIONARY. Penny's is a gem of a story that showcases the author's undeniable talent for plot and dialogues.
Three Pines, the cozy universe where we loyal followers of the Inspector Gamache would love to live, continues to be as magnetically attractive as ever.All the beloved characters we have come to love--Myrna, the bookshop owner, mad poet Ruth, painter Clara are as endearingly quirky as ever. The landmark bistro is just as cozy, but Inspector Gamache is tired and his struggle with political corruption and the shortcoming of a beloved friend stretch him to breaking point. Throughout, Three Pines residents aid and comfort him as he sorts out friend and foe. Help arrives from unexpected quarters and the end of the novel comes as the kind of surprise only the best mystery writers can devise. Penny is master, no question about it. It is good to know that just as his previous novels, this one is a bestseller continues. What is equally exciting is that the Gamache series will be made into a movie starring the deliciously handsome Nathaniel Parker, known to American audiences as the BBC's Inspector Linley. The news that the London perfumery Floris has developed a new scent that will allow devoted fans to smell just like Inspector Gamache is a bonus.
So, am I saying so long? Not just yet.