Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 by WorldAffairs
Discovered Louise Penny mysteries yet? If you’re French-Canadian like me and you haven’t, shame on you!
Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache mysteries are great stories and interesting tourist guides. Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Surete du Quebec, and his team of investigators meet a cast of singular characters and visit some fascinating Canadian locales as they track down their man.
Whether exploring the treatment of Native Americans by English and French colonists from the 1600s to the present or the uneasy relationship between Anglophones and Francophones in present-day Quebec, Canadian native Penny explores the cultural, political and religious currents Gamache and his team must navigate.
Along the way we:
*learn the history of Gregorian chants (The Beautiful Mystery),
*visit the oldest group of totem poles still standing in situ on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (The Brutal Telling),
*relive the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (Bury Your Dead).
After devouring Louise Penny, I guarantee your next read will be a Canadian travel guide.