After getting married in her late 30’s she gave up her broadcasting career and turned to writing.
Penny’s series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete has become the most famous current mysteries by a Canadian author.
She has won an impressive list of awards for her books four Agatha award and
’s Arthur Ellis award. She is likely to win another Arthur Ellis this year. I have personally found two of her books among the best books of the year. I expect her current book Bury Your Dead will make my Best of 2011. Kerrie and Bernadette have both enjoyed her books this year. Canada
I have read all 6 books in the series and enjoyed every one of them.
The setting for most of the mysteries, Three Pines, is a beautiful
village that readers dearly wish existed in real life. Quebec
In addition to fine characterization and interesting plots the early mysteries were remarkable for the distinctive means of murder. One victim was killed by an arrow while another was electrocuted during a curling game.
While her books are excellent mysteries I most appreciate that the people, communities and plots are clearly a part of
As the series has matured her hero, Gamache, has become a fascinating complex man blessed with a loving marriage to Reine Marie. I heard Louise say during a radio interview that Gamache is her dream husband. She said that if she had to live with a fictional character because she spent so much time with him while writing she wanted someone she would marry.
In Bury Your Dead Gamache is the rare mystery hero challenged by past mistakes who perseveres amidst his doubts and regrets.
It is a wonderful series.
Here is a link to my review of Bury Your Dead.