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The Coral Bride

Written by Roxanne Bouchard and translated beautifully by David Warriner, The Coral Bride is the lyrical, haunting follow-up to We Were the Salt of the Sea, set once more in the enticing Gaspe Peninsular of Quebec and featuring DS Joaquin Morales. This time he is…
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Kingdom of the Blind

Written by Louise Penny — In a rather moving afterword to the book, Louise Penny admits that she thought she was done with her beloved creation, Armand Gamache, former head of the Sûreté du Québec. The author says that for a long time after her…
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We Were the Salt of the Sea

French-Canadian author Roxanne Bouchard’s fifth novel is also her first to be translated into English thanks to Orenda Books. It’s set in Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, where inhabitants live by, and make their living from, the sea. Two new arrivals into the insular community are about…
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We Were the Salt of the Sea

Written by Roxanne Bouchard, translated by David Warriner — In a world filled with high-octane, fast-paced, blood-spattered crime fiction, it’s sometimes worth taking the foot off the gas pedal and plumping for something a little less frenetic. Something like Roxanne Bouchard’s We Were the Salt…
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Glass Houses

Written by Louise Penny — One of the most haunting and lyrical novels I’ve read in recent years is The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. It served as my introduction to Canadian police officer Armand Gamache and is a book I’ve continued to recommend to anyone…
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The Nature of the Beast

Written by Louise Penny — It’s billed as a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, but these days Armande Gamache has left the Surete du Quebec behind and retired to the peaceful community of Three Pines, north of the Vermont border in the Eastern Townships, with long-suffering wife…
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