Glass Houses by Louise Penny
"But sometimes Chief Superintendent Gamache could be seen in the hallways, or an elevator, or the cafeteria, alone. Deep in some dossier. Like a college professor reading an obscure and fascinating text. It was an oddly comforting sight, for men and women who'd been immersed in brutality. Who'd worn their guns more proudly than their badges. Here was a man with a book, not a weapon, and no need to prove his bravery. Or descend into savagery. " Well, Louise Penny has done it again. I loved, loved, loved Glass Houses and I am going to go ahead and throw it out there that this is now my favorite book in this series. No one explores emotion or writes relationships like this woman does. These characters are so beloved to me... it's as though they are going to walk in to my home at any moment, Ruth with her duck and Reine-Marie with Henry and Gracie, and sit down and catch me up on the happenings in the village. While there is always a deep layer of friendship and family in Penny's novels, there is darkness as well; the lies we tell, past betrayals buried deep, the corruption of souls and the wicked that pushes some across the line of good in to evil.
While Glass Houses is an excellent murder mystery, Penny also provokes questions of conscience and justice and she forces the reader to ask themselves hard questions and examine their own beliefs. And to me, this is where she excels and supersedes all others. Her insight and brilliance in to writing her characters so flawed and broken, and so completely human is what makes this series impossible not to love. This book in particular, is an examination of conscience; of "what we would do if we were guaranteed not to get caught. If we knew there were no consequences or if we believed that our acts were justified." Will Gamache be ruled by the law that he has been sworn to uphold or will he acquiesce the circumstances of his situation to a higher court than the court of justice? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ fantastic stars.