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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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There’s that old game where you say who you’d like to invite to dinner – living or dead, is usually how it goes, and of course, dead leaves things wide open. I would invite Anne Hathaway (not the living actor, but the long-dead wife of Shakespeare), don’t think I would go back so far as Socrates, et al, but Anne will need a date, so, just to be wicked (and to find out a thing or two) Christopher Marlowe, Paul Newman (yep, that one), and Louise. What a lively round table that would give you!

I remember HRC wrote to Louise after Michael’s passing. I am glad she is a fan…it says good things about HRC that she is a Three Piner. And absolutely Cathryne…what great fun for Hillary to meet Louise! I would be so excited. I think Louise would be great to have to dinner. She is so warm and funny. In fact she would elevate any occasion while keeping it grounded at the same time.

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.

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