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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”

Paul Hochman – I know I’ve been a very slow reader, and with hurricanes and earthquakes blasting everyone from all angles, maybe nobody feels like discussing the book… but I wonder if people are maybe waiting for you to declare the Bistro open for discussions? Or for some questions to get us started?

When I was lucky enough to meet Louise on her book tour this time, I told her that our little group (the die-hards) have taken to calling ourselves “Paul Hochman’s Bistro Bunnies”, and she was going to tell you – I’m hoping we didn’t offend?

Or is it just so busy that you barely have time to type each book before it heads out the door? Whatever it is, we are here when ready, and would love to get a discussion going. I COULD discuss it all by myself, but nobody really wants that, hahaha.

Okay – I think if I’ve read the book everyone else must be finished, too, because I’m the slowest reader in the world… so let’s begin the discussion! First of all, of course, I love, love, loved this book!

I liked the back and forth of the winter/summer and arrest/trial juxtaposition. For me, it kept the climax tantalizingly put off. For some, I know, that kind of writing is maddening. My husband doesn’t like it, because he gets confused as to what happened when, but I thought this was really quite clear and easy to follow. Bits of information were given out slowly, so we started to get a picture of what was happening and who was doing it.

In the last couple of chapters, I threw caution to the wind and read fast – I found it to be one of the most exciting climaxes – right up there with How the Light Gets In! So exciting, and so interesting how everyone maneuvered their loved ones around. Ruth surprised and didn’t surprise, if you know what I mean. I know that she really does kind of love Beauvoir, and she really watched what he did and tried to make some sense of it. When she came back into the Bistro and stuck by Lacoste, I was really moved. I loved that the paramedic thought she was Lacoste’s grandmother. Who else would do what she’d done?

As for who the culprit was, I was surprised – I’m trying to not give too much away in case anyone is still reading, so I won’t say just yet who I thought the culprit was.

These are my main overall thoughts about the book as a whole. What did you think?

That’s a great reward, Pat! Can’t wait to start talking about the book… after everyone’s had a chance to read it, of course!

It’s here! On my Kindle! Had to get up with a sick dog and after the cleanup I found it waiting for me. Some reward! Good dog!!

Hahah – me, too, Barbara! Next week I’ll be telling all about Louise’s appearance here in Seattle!

Hi, Catherine. There are a few of us “die hards” who have been keeping up this spot, waiting for the next book. We talk in between times of all kinds of things, and there are several of them who loved Ralph Cosham’s narration, and miss him, sorely. Of course, what can you do? Those were some very big shoes to fill. Interestingly, as we waited, a few of us started reading an old mystery series – Mrs. Pollifax – and a couple of our people have said how wonderful the narrator is, and how much it adds to their enjoyment. This list is really quiet right now, but please do come back after the book is out when we will be talking up a storm!

I have re-read this series several times. I have started with audio books and I listened to the 3 Pines audio books until Mr. Cosham’s sad death. I must say there are many things I miss when I read. Perhaps I read too fast or just don’t stop to think and enjoy the writing – Ms. Penny’s skills are even more evident in the audio format. Unfortunately, I have tried several times to listen to the new narrator, but I really dislike him. I guess I will just have to re-read the last three books and one to be released this month more carefully to really appreciate the books. Do other readers in this blog find that listening to a well written book enhances your enjoyment of it?

Was there a pronunciation guide for the names of the French names of charcters? I thought I saw one once on here, but now I cannot find it?

Oh, I don’t know, Barbara – I could see that being at least one thread, though there would probably be more layers and meanings the deeper you dug…

Ever since I read LP’s newsletter, I’ve been think about Aug.29th. I wonder what our friends will be up to this time ? How has life been going for them ? How are Ruth and Rosa ? Have new people wandered into Three Pines ?
The title interests me. I wonder if it has to do with a person who is always pointing out the faults of others when suddenly an old secret becomes known and he/she has the same or worse faults in the past.

Noooooo. Too simplistic .

Hi, Bill – welcome! The Long Way Home is one that had lots of mystical things in it – I think of that amazing garden (which really exists) in Scotland – the Garden of Cosmic Speculation http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.com/2012/05/garden-of-cosmic-speculation-open-for.html

That’s not “haunted” per se, but it did have some strange goings-on, including a stone rabbit that came to life, and a Scottish police officer Gamache couldn’t understand when he spoke.

But I kind of think there was something also about the place where they finally found Peter – in a very wild part of Quebec. Maybe there was something about that – it seems to me that’s where the idea of the tramp who smiled at Gamache and made him think the tramp was God, was brought up for the second time (the first being in The Brutal Telling, I think). But that’s all I can think of. Let us know if you figure it out.

Does anyone remember a section in The Long Way Home where Gamache went to a haunted road? I can’t figure out what book I read that in and it’s driving me crazy.

So lucky Julie. Hoping the tour will extend to somewhere I can get to more easily. Although I should have been happy to come to Seattle. Great town!!

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