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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”

Barbara, can’t remember where I read this several years ago, but I think HRC is a also a great fan of our wonderful LP and her Chief Inspector Gamache series.

I like writing at night but I have been too tired lately. No good reason for that. I think I am getting lazy!
I would miss the people and the feel of Three Pines if it wasn’t included. Besides it is the home of the Gamaches now so surely it would get a look in for that reason alone.

It is – and I do hope at least part of the time, we’re in Three Pines. Otherwise, it would be hard to work the other characters in… and I would miss them. I find it so interesting to read of Louise’s process – not to mention her discipline – getting up so early to write in the early morning would be very difficult for me (in fact, if I were in the same position of having to care for someone in the regular daylight hours) I’d have to work at night. That would suit me better anyway.

I agree Julie. I would like to see Reine Marie have a role to play. She has a lot to give I think. I dare say she will be doing some grand mothering though.
I can’t see Gamache staying at the Academy too long but I think Louise can set the story anywhere and we will be happy. It is just nice to speculate.

I can’t remember exactly why, but I got the impression that Gamache had never planned to stay longer than one year – that he was there to root out the bad and that once that was done, he’d be free to look at other opportunities… I still would love to see them (he and Reine Marie) go somewhere that allows her to pursue some dreams. Of course, there will be murder there…

It must be about time to start speculating again….what does the next book hold for our friends? Is Gamache moving on again or will the Academy afford him yet another mystery to solve? Will the next book be set in Three Pines or beyond or a bit of both?

I love the first of the month because it is newsletter day and today is no exception. Louise is so generous with her heart and spirit that I laugh and cry as though she was standing in the room telling me her stories. Congratulations on the award and the doctorate Louise. Michael is surely clapping with joy and urging you on to every new adventure.

Yes – love it! My coffee is here, too – French Vanilla, snuggled into a big chair by the fire in the Bistro – waving to Clara as she crosses the square.

Isn’t it wonderful that she is getting this recognition? It’s the highest honor for a Canadian, and very well deserved.

Barbara, I didn’t know you did so many different kinds of tours – I bet that was a wonderful job – a great way to meet people and stay “in touch”… all the while, regaling them with stories of your city! I’d love to do something like that (only no walking tours for me anymore – but still…).

A few pages back I said I would try to find information on what the Surete thought of the books. Tried but no results.
LP’s Facebook this AM was cute. She was off to speak to young school children about writing and hoped that she didn’t bore them. Not likely. Interacting with children was so much fun to me whether giving them walking tours, city tours, Museum tours , tours of the Harris House or speaking in the classroom.

Julie, Good catch. Of course, I never thought of it, but yes, the odds are that it would have happened. The incident could have been portrayed as a “suicide”. The others would have helped move the body, etc. or the person could just disappear.

Finished with my reread, and I’m amazed at how many things I’d remembered wrong, or just hadn’t remembered. I had it in my mind that Amelia’s father had gone to jail for his drunk driving offense, but he’d had a suspended sentence, and gone on to a good life where he married and had a child. I’d thought somehow her mother had died young, or left them to become a junkie, and that was why she was so troubled but I see no evidence of that at all. In fact, I don’t see that her mother is not still alive and with her father – she’s just not mentioned at all. I had thought that the one really far gone cadet – Jacques – had flunked out – instead, he graduated, and Beauvoir seemed to be mentoring him. I also thought that the cadets had solved the mystery of the map, but they took it as far as they could go, but Gamache is the one who realized that Antoine Turcotte had never existed and that a village widow, whose name was Valois, had taken the name to make maps. She had taken the village off the map only temporarily, because she couldn’t bear to see the words “Three Pines”. Her three boys, who had been killed in the war, each planted one (to replace the first ones that had died). She intended to come back, and put the name back on the maps, but couldn’t because she died. The map has to have been put “in the window” by the town’s people after she died so that if any of the boys had happened to survive, they’d find her grave, even if they came back after everyone who knew had died. Of course, no good reason was shown why they were so mysterious about it – the clues were really obscure. The last one, that led them to the grave, could only be seen for what it was, from the pulpit. Still, a lovely little mystery, full of magic.

Now this brings me to Mary’s question from a few pages back. What would LeDuc have done if someone had actually killed himself playing Russian Roulette? With the silencer, of course, nobody would know if they managed to get the body and all trace of the blood out of there. But that’s pretty hard to do, and I can’t believe some one of the other cadets wouldn’t have said something (except, of course, it’s possible that only the cadet and LeDuc were there – he sometimes did it with a group and sometimes with just one student). But the odds must be pretty high that if you did this regularly (let’s say weekly) for years, SOMEONE would die, or be hurt, if they were holding the gun not quite right and only managed to graze themselves. And I don’t see any way for LeDuc to have been sure that nobody would die – so… I am going to go out on a limb and say that one or two must have, and just “disappeared” in that community that before Gamache would have closed ranks to any outside interference.

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