The February Mystery Book Club Selection

 

 

The book club met on February 17, 2022 to discuss A Better Man by Louise Penny.  We rated the book a 4.3 with several 5’s.  Several members thought that they wished they knew more about the characters previously mentioned in earlier novels.  All agreed it was a well written book (as any Louise Penny book always is).

It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughterAs crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.  Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.  As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made. In the next title in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question. What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?

 

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