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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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Hello to all of you dear spirits! I have been an avid follower of this site and found it to be most inspiring….it is never too late to learn deeper ways of thought and kinder ways of “being”. So I am just popping in with another perspective about Bean. Would it be too far out to speculate that Louise might bring him/her to Three Pines (via his connection with Clara/Art) and use this to further some insight and discussion about the duality of our natures according to the psychoanalytic theories Carl Jung. Anima and animus are his references to the inner feminine and inner masculine manifestations of each human personality. Bean is well grounded. He/she has thrived on acceptance and encouragement by his mum to be on the path fully integrated human self that does not focus unduly on conventional sex roles in dress, appearance or behavior. In other words, he/she is a healthy free spirit contrasting the extremely dysfunctional Morrow family. Perhaps Ruth would identify in some way with Bean and thus be slowly released from those mysterious wounds lurking in her personal dark Beast Within. Guess we could all use a bit of that! Louise might pave the way in this new novel.

My imagination seems to have run amok! But not too far out, I suspect. To quote Carl Jung: “Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

I had not heard that quote by Jung before. Thanks for the many insights, Jan. And please do allow your imagination run amok. Nice to see you posting again. (Hug)

Hi Diane, I’m back in business with computer and devices. Whew!
That’s a lot of great info you’ve given us. And I love your sense of humor! I’ll be checking out the sights you mentioned in a bit. I used to live Orange / LA County border. A lot of my family still live there and I’m going back in a week to celebrate my Godmother’s 90th birthday and spend a bit of happy time with old friends. I’ve been in FL for going on 13 years… I miss the people but not the traffic of CA!
Yes, our very own Anna is indeed a mystery+ author! Her debut novel is outstanding (mystery, crime, kidnapping, survival, plus, caring, love, hope)… Look for ‘The Cove’ by Anna Leavy on Amazon Kindle. And tell your friends too that it’s a terrific read while we wait for TNOTB. 😉
Me… Eventually, I hope. Been brewing inside me for a long time. The pieces are finally coming together. Before joining this wonderful group, that’s all I had: disjointed pieces. And yes, mystery and crimes both past and present. There’s a ‘game’ going on which is spurring my enthusiasm. Part of the ‘mystery’ is what could an obscure 15th Century Pope, born in Spain have done which people are willing to kill for in the present? The ‘game’ is if anyone at The Bistro guesses the correct Pope, they’ll get a free copy of it when I finish and publish it. There are lots to choose from and don’t forget there were ‘anti-popes’ also. Just do a Google search and give it a go. 🙂
You know a lot about the LCC, are you perchance an author yourself? If so, do tell us… How marvelous to have met Louise Penny! And you kept notes? You sound like you have the soul of a writer. lol But some of the best ‘writing’ have been journal entries. I’m thinking of Anne Frank… I read it as a young girl yet I’ve tried my best for half a century to live by her example: “I believe people are basically good.” I paraphrase but you get my point.
And that is part of Gamache’s charm, part of why we love Louise’s books and Three Pines, why we love The Bistro… a place where kindness exists.

Hi Diane. The post will eventually show up with the links but in the mean time I had a look. Would love to attend but it might be 2017 when I am in the US for a couple of years. I like the sound of it and it would appeal to the cosy nature of Three Piners who want to mingle with like minds.

I hope you are safe Diane. We have been seeing the footage of bushfires, or wildfires as you guys call them, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I know you have had terrible drought. I know what that is like. Right now we are in the middle of the opposite, a dramatic wind and rain system that has caused all kinds of problems including flooding.

I’m reposting one of my original posts because on my screen it says “awaiting moderation” so don’t think you guys can see it. I’m guessing because I have links and “the powers that be” wanted to be sure I wasn’t spamming. Understandable!!

I decided post without the http or www and added spaces in between the dot coms so my comment won’t get flagged.

Thanks for the warm welcome!!! I made a couple of posts in the “tour” page, too. My local library just started a mystery book club this past Jan (Burbank’s Buena Vista Branch in California). I introduced them to Louise Penny’s series with our Feb book. I just checked out their mystery blog and found this very interesting website. Will let the book club group know about this site, too; we meet again this coming Tues.

From our Library’s website mystery blog link deathinthestacks . blogspot . com It allows people to sent recommendations for new mystery books.

If I may, (LOL, you guys have no choice since I’m going to post anyways) two years ago I discovered a fabulous mystery writers’ conference called Left Coast Crime. Its held during the first quarter of the calendar year in Western North America (including Canada), as defined by the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii.

I was so fortunate and found them and went to this location leftcoastcrime . org/2014/

On top of, I was able to meet, talk with (briefly) and get a hug from Louise, who was the Intl Guest of Honor that year. I wasn’t able to attend the gathering in Portland this year, but am a little bit involved behind the scenes for Phoenix. I wont go into detail here since its all at the websites, but its the most author-friendly experience. Its fascinating to see authors attending the panel discussions to learn more about their craft from other authors. And, yes, Louise attended 2 or 3 panels (that I know of) and was on a couple of panels herself. When I find my notes from her conference interview, I’ll post them. I do remember that Gamache’s good qualities are based on her husband. That’s all I can remember at the moment so don’t want to post anything wrong or misleading.

Here is a great article about LCC and why one should attend – mysteryscenemag . com/blog-article/3053-left-coast-crime-why-go-to-monterey

Annie and Millie are you writing mysteries? I ask because this conference has a “meet the new authors” breakfast for first time published and you are eligible to sign up to be on a panel(s). Except for the guests of honors, everyone pays their own way whether an author is on a panel or not.

Hello Everyone!

I’m in the Pacific Time Zone and live in Los Angeles in The Valley.

I forgot all about Bean. I thought just came to mind, could it be that the parents hasn’t revealed the exact sex is because they are not sure. Isn’t it true that by a fluke of nature some are born with both sex organs? I remember reading about that once and I thought you had to decide at birth. If so, and knowing Peter’s mother (hard to call her mom), maybe she didn’t want the responsibility of deciding. LOL, I have a habit of going off into “the deep” with my line of thinking.

“The Morrows can be considered to have ‘Beastly’ behavior… ”
Now that’s an interesting comment!!!

As your winter is ending, mine is just beginning. There is an icy wind and rain today….just in time for my daughter to go back to school. Lucky the kids here are hardy as they spend their breaks outdoors for the most part whatever the weather. There is a covered area but it is pretty chilly.

For me it is a good day to snaffle a seat in the Bistro by the fire with a fresh cup of tea and contemplate my next book. I have been doing a bit of reading to get into the mood. It doesn’t matter how complex the plot, I am increasingly unable to enjoy a story unless I can connect with the characters. What I have noticed is a lot of characters are of the abrupt, disconnected kind. Part of the story might be those characters learning to connect but not always. While it can be a neat literary device it feels a bit worn to me. I can cope if it is offset by other more likable characters or other dimensions to the character.

Stepping into one of Louise’s novels is always so comforting. Even irascible Ruth is so multidimensional and has a warmth that keeps leaking out even when she tries to cover it up. Have to love a woman who takes a duck for a walk!

Hello Anna et al, I’m not sure the road trip was successful yet. I can access the Internet but no email, messages or even Facebook on any device. When did I get so dependent on these things? Thank heaven the Bistro doors are always open!

Anna, I think there will be many layers throughout.
Julie, so many good things, but be patient, yes I know it isn’t a race. 😉
I know I brought this up before but I still wonder if the missing ‘boy’ might not be Bean. Louise does place clues far in advance. Bean loved reading his book on mythological creatures. And his/her was thinking of changing his/her name. The Morrows can be considered to have ‘Beastly’ behavior… And what child isn’t drawn to exploring. Plus Ruth takes a liking to those most hurting, the Quint, Jean Guy… the duck! Interestingly we’ve been talking a lot about sence of place, sense of identity: what kind of sense of identity would Bean have? Wouldn’t that child eventually have an identity crises? Bean seems to like the Gamache’s and Clara, but children have an uncanny sense of gravitating to kind souls. I think Ruth has a very kind soul under her fasçade of curt dismissal. She and Bean would hit it off well, I think. But Louise does surprise!

My day is ending, others will soon start theirs. Have a great one.
BTW: Diane, what general time zone are you in?

Millie, I do hope the computer recovers with appropriate attention.

I was thinking about The Nature of the Beast. It doesn’t necessarily imply evil. We use the phrase to say it’s to be expected as it’s the nature of the beast, meaning acting to type.

I suspect there will be many layers of meaning alluded to in the end.

The villagers know. They bought him home. Chartrand came but I don’t think the villagers met him as he stood at the back and left early.

I don’t remember – do the Villagers know about Peter (very end of story) and/or Chartrand? If not, I can’t wait for Ruth’s reaction. LOL! I’m gonna have to reread the last chapter.

So many things I want to comment on… But seems my computer is sick. Road trip tomorrow to take it to ‘urgent care’.
Anna, Into The Woods didn’t even occur to me. Duh! 😀
Diane, great comments & questions. I liked Chartrand…
Others… Chomping at the bit. I see good stuff in store for us all.
Till my computer is healthy again….

I know exactly what you mean Cathryne. She was in waiting so to speak so not fully free to be anything she might have desired to be. Unlike Peter, I felt she was tethered while he was free to roam and explore.

Diana, I thought I might be seeing some honeysuckle too. I find it overpowering and almost suffocating. Some people love it. Interesting already!

Anna, I agree, Clara needs more time to develop her independence and, I think, a sense of who she is. Even though I am interested in Marcel Chartrand, she needs time before starting a new romantic relationship. During the year Peter was gone, Clara was independent but not independent.

Hi Diane. We love new people. So glad you dropped in and welcome.

I have great empathy for you looking after your Mum. I had my mum with me for four years but it became very draining so it was time for a facility. I still have dad with me.

There are no good solutions to the problem of demented elderly. There are still days when I want to take her home again but I know it won’t work.

Julie, such a sad story about your stepdaughter. That is even harder in so many ways. They have recognised that problem in Australia and are opening some specific places for young people who need care but of course they are very limited.

A friend and I were talking yesterday about moving in with friends as we get older and hiring a nurse!

Love the cover. Very spooky indeed…I kept thinking “Into the Woods” Millie! The dark heart of the forest. But as to plant identification…….hah, no way.

Clara’s new man Diana…good topic. I hate change so have an instant recoil from him but I suspect that is just my reticence in part. I think a new character will bring new interest and great speculative fun from us. I must say that I was looking forward to seeing Clara grow in her independence for a while longer and discovering who she can be without Peter.

The cover – upper, left hand corner… could that be honeysuckle? IMHO, the rest just seems your normal “normal” growth walking through a forest.

@Anna – terrible sorry it was time for mom to go into a facility. I’m caretaker for my mom these last 3 years. She has early dementia with severe memory loss. She has only up to 3 minutes of memory. I’m an only child and am very blessed that she is still knows who I am and who she is.

I think the cover is wonderful, too, and agree with your “It beckons one to enter and explore, while alarms are going off simultaneously to be cautious. Brilliant!” The outdoorsy nature is inviting to walk through, but the darkness is a warning to beware. And look at the double meaning of the title – Nature as shown with the framework of the plants, but also “the nature of” http://www.yourdictionary.com/in-the-nature-of

And, what or who is “the beast” – inner demons or just a nasty person (killer)?

Okay, questions for everyone: about Clara – do you think this new man will continue to be in her life? Do you want this new man to be in her life? I won’t post why Clara may have a new man in her life so not to spoil it for others who may find and participate and not read all the books, yet, but I think its okay to talk about the new guy she met.

Oh, miss Clara. I want very much for her to HAVE a new man in her life, but not this one! I don’t trust him. I can’t put my finger on why, other than that he seemed so sly and secretive in TLWH. I think that Louise meant for us not to trust him, but that may have just been a red herring… and certainly, the end of TLWH seemed to indicate that Clara was okay with him. I ought to trust her judgment, but there’s something about him…. I also kind of think that maybe Clara needs to be alone for awhile longer to really get comfortable with herself. Even though she had that year, for a lot of it, she was still thinking herself “with” Peter… Of course, I don’t know what will happen – Louise is very good at doing the opposite of what I think she’ll do with the characters, so who knows? This new man may turn out to be the salt of the earth, hahaha.

Yes, Millie, I’ve read them all and have introduced Louise to many people.

LOL, not to worry, understand this type of blog is just for people to enjoy themselves. 🙂

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