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Book Recommendation: A Better Man by Louise Penny

Book Recommendation: A Better Man by Louise Penny


A Better Man (2019) is the latest mystery novel set in the Canadian province of Quebec centered on the work of francophone Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec by The New York Times bestselling Canadian author Louise Penny. There are currently fifteen books in this series and Dolores and I have read all of them. You definitely want to have these novels on your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her outstanding books.


Louise Penny

LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of fifteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Edgar Award. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Books by Louise Penny


Goodreads Review of A Better Man

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Surete du Quebec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

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 daughter.

As 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. 




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Comment balloon 8 commentsRoy Kelley • September 07 2019 06:54PM


Roy: I will definitely pass this along to my hubby who enjoys a good mystery/intrigue novel. Thanks for the book review.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 5 months ago

What a beautiful dahlia, Roy! As for the book... intriguing enough to add to my ever-growing list.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Good morning Roy. Are you going to form a book of the day club? Keep reading.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander 

You will definitely enjoy the 15 books in this series. She is working on number 16.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

This does sound like a good mystery. Wonder what mistakes were made? Guess I'll have to read it to find out. Thanks Roy for another suggestion. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago


I read this book the moment it came out.  And I loved every word.  Louise Penny is a wonderful writer, there is so much philosophy and goodness in her characters and their viewpoints.  I believe you recommended the first one of this series to us.  Thank you, A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

That's an amazing blossom accompanying this post, Roy!  The colors scream that autumn is here.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Thank you very much for stopping by. I hope you are reading a good book.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago