Settling in on a mixed-weather Sunday to a cozy-ish mystery without a lot of graphic blood and gore and certainly no chases. I say cozy-ish because the lead detective is not an amateur and the books take place in a small town. Still – there is a bit of procedural in them. This is not my first Louise Panny novel, it’s just the first in the series as I might just decide to do all the books in order. I read The Brutal Telling several years ago and wasn’t thrilled – I had a hard time with Ralph Cosham’s French accent and the whole thing seemed overly complex for such a simple story.
by Louise Penny
2005 / 352 pages
read by Ralph Cosham 9h 37m
1st in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series
rating: B / cozy mystery
Oddly enough I have rread this before – I noted it on Goodreads as September 2013 and gave it 4 stars. But why could I not find it in my audio books? –
This time I was more interested and it’s a good story with interesting characters – Cosham’s accent was not an issue although his voice is grating on my ears. Still – I may listen to another one (although I may not) and the series is never going to be a favorite. (I like some cozies – just not this one particularly – I the main issue is Cosham’s voice – and maybe I’ll get used to it – that happens.
Setting – a small community called Three Pines, situated a few miles south of Montreal and a few miles north of the US. The neighbors are of various kinds appealing to the readers – artists, bistro and B&B owners, gays, a black woman, several older ladies and a few couples.
It’s nicely enough written and never escapes the crime genre – perhaps Penny knew her limits or her readership. That said, the book is full of literary quotes, but they did nothing to impress me – seemed a bit phony while trying to add interest. The focus was on the crime and the personalities necessary to convolute and then solve it.