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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.

Discussion on “The Bistro”

Welcome, Marcia – I hope you like it here. A bunch of us “hang around” waiting for each new book, and in the meantime talk about lots of different things… not much longer to wait for the next one now…

I have just found the Gamache books this winter. I am currently rereading as I read quickly the first time. I just found The Bistro and will read through all the comments. I love Three Pines and all its inhabitants, especially Armand. Thank you Louise for these fabulous books. I am transported to this lovely village as soon as I sit down to read.

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




And a few others…



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.

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