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Join us here in The Bistro for a discussion on the entire Gamache series. Feel free to ask or answer any questions about any of the books or the series as a whole.

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Excerpt from Glass Houses available from Louise’s Facebook page with a way to opt out “…in case you don’t want to know.” I know not everyone does but I’m in every time, every scrap offered, no hesitation. Life offers quite enough opportunities for me to wait in suspense. Lovely surprise! Thanks!

I love the way you put it, Cathryne – “Life offers quite enough opportunities for me to wait in suspense.”

Hi Everyone
Late in the game here so you may have already found your licorice…..Y & S distributes licorice cigars with red ends here in Canada. Hershey’s owns Y and S or something like that so I’m sure if you looked up Y and S or Hershey’s websites you will find your cigars. Only thing is you will have to let them sit uncovered for a bit so they get hard and stale like when I was a kid and they were sold in the convenience stores

We had one too and on Saturday we were allowed 10 cents of mixed lollies (what we call candy). If you were feeling frugal you could get gumdrops which were 2 for 1 cent. I liked cobbers (chocolate covered caramel squares and they were 2 c each. When I was older inflation meant we were getting 20 cents of mixed lollies and they were put in a little white bag. You ate them slowly and twisted the top closed after you took one to try and stop yourself eating another straight away. If you waited too long to eat them all or it was hot and humid, the bag could get a bit damp and stick to the lollies so it was a juggle.
Yep, I feel old too Julie but it doesn’t seem that long ago. Loved the old corner store. There is still one where I live in Australia. It is primarily a cafe but has some grocery shelves and lollie jars behind the counter. It is opposite the high school so he has a ready made clientele.

We had a small grocery shop in the neighborhood where I grew up. I loved that candy counter. I remember making selections with friends and Carol. We would walk home so proud of our bag of candy. I don’t know of any little shops like that now.

That was fun, wasn’t it? I like the idea of salty licorice (or is that liquorice?) Tons of choices one way or the other. The red candy on the end was the way they were sold when I was a kid. We had one corner store that had a “candy counter” – in a big glass case where you could put your nose up against it and choose “one of those, and three of those, and oh, a candy necklace”… and get a little brown bag full of candy for 5 cents. (Can’t believe how old I sound when I start to “reminisce” about this stuff.)

Using your ideas I looked on Amazonuk. At least one with candy ends will ship to U.S., some say they won’t. You’ve all been very busy and productive! This is the first time I’ve seen the candy end kind.

Patricia – I’ve found a few “clues” – there seems to be a brand called “Leaf” – Finnish brand, but the licorice pipes are made in Italy? Take a look at this blog post talking about them: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/leaf_schoolchalk

I’ve found a couple of spots that sell them online – you’ll probably find them if you google Skipper’s Pipes : http://www.made-in-scandinavian.com/store/p938/Malaco_Skipper%27s_Licorice_Pipes_8_Pcs_136_g_%28_4.80_oz_%29_Made_in_Sweden_.html

http://www.loveofliquorice.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=66

https://www.sweets-online.com/lakritz/fuer-lakritzliebhaber/skippers-pipes-lakritz-pfeifen-20-stueck/a-105350/

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Malaco-Skippers-Licorice-Pipes-8-Pcs-Pack-136-g-4-80-oz-Made-in-Sweden/271594672683

And a few others…

https://www.treasureislandsweets.co.uk/allsorts-and-comfits/liquorice-pipes-novelty-old-school.html

https://mrstanleys.co.uk/products/old-fashioned-liquorice-pipes?variant=8954670403

Doesn’t look like they’ll be cheap unless you happen to live in Europe – but at least you can find them…

Hi, Patricia – I remember those so well from my childhood. Today, all I can find are the kind that are the black licorice, but no “glowing” end with the red candies – that seems to be saved for candy cigars! When I ordered my Vive Gamache! cup from Brome Lake Books, they put in a licorice pipe, but it didn’t have the glowing end. If you find them, please pop back in and let us know where you got them.

At least he liked it Barbara! The Preston brothers are both good writers. If he liked the disease side look at Richard Preston’s books including the Hot Zone (about Ebola), The Cobra Event (bioterrorism) and The Demon in the Freezer. Any one is a good read.
I shall preorder Glass Houses and then I might finish my books. So cold today with piles of snow and ice everywhere and a freezing wind. Perfect for reading.

The Glass Houses is pre-ordered ! I’ve never pre-ordered before, but LP explained how that determined first appearance on book lists and I wanted to help.
Sam finished The Lost City of the Monkey God yesterday. He liked it because it was a true story. The illness and treatments drew him in. Whatever.

It was a warm bed that called to me that night Julie and a hot cup of tea before I drifted off.
We had a little blizzard yesterday afternoon which totally justified staying on the couch Barbara. I do go to the gym but that is so exhausting the couch is the best thing afterwards. Really cold and windy today. Snow all over the place still but I have my thermals on and snow boots ready. Have to go out to take Erin to physical therapy.
Hope all are warm with hot drinks and a good book. Still slugging through my pile. The Unconsoled is not an easy read. It is an interesting book but not a cozy one. I normally devour novels but this slow going. Read the Good reads reviews and you will understand what I talking about. The reviews are polarized between love it and hate it and some who gave up. I sense it is not the story with a resolution.
Should be done with Kissinger’s World Order by tomorrow. I have been taking notes or I would be done by now. An easier read than my novel! I also started Hitler’s Empire….nonfiction….last night. I know but I couldn’t wait. Another interesting read.problem is I need new glasses. I am struggling to read with these. Sometimes I take them off but it doesn’t help either way. And our apartment only has lamps apart from the bathroom and kitchen. One advantage of daylight saving is better light for reading in the evening!

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