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Authors to read if you love Louise Penny

Louise Penny (born 1958) is a Canadian author of mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec centred on the work of francophone Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Penny’s first career was as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After she turned to writing, she won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year five times, including four consecutive years (2007–2010), and the Anthony Award for best novel of the year five times, including four consecutive years (2010–2013). Her novels have been published in 23 languages.

If you love books by Louise Penny, then give the following authors a try!  You may find a new favorite author!


Charles Todd

bookcoverOOP53Q0ZRacing the devil – On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead–and make it through the war–they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice.

 

bookcoverVQ67LOOXThe gate keeper – Hours after his sister’s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace…

 


Ann Cleeves

bookcoverThe glass room – “From CWA Diamond Dagger Award winner Ann Cleeves comes The Glass Room, the fifth book in the Vera Stanhope series. Published for the first time in the US. “I do love Vera!” –Val McDermid. “Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers! I relish learning more about Vera with each book.” –Louise Penny, New York Times Bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series. DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors…

bookcover1Harbour Street – “As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. Arriving at the scene, DI Vera…

 


Elly Griffiths

bookcoverXIMD3HAZThe zig zag girl: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery Series, Book 1 – Investigating a murder committed in the style of a famous magic trick, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens reconnects with an illusionist friend from World War II to uncover links to their special ops service.

 

 

bookcoverLCB5PSZHThe Crossing Places: Ruth Galloway Mystery Series, Book 1 – The first entry in the acclaimed Ruth Galloway series follows the “captivating”* archaeologist as she investigates a child’s bones found on a nearby beach, thought to be the remains of a little girl who went missing ten years before.

 

 


Deborah Crombie

bookcover2Garden of lamentations: a novel – Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing?and deadly?complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

 

 

bookcover3The sound of broken glass: a novel – In the past . . . On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.

 


Donna Leon

bookcoverGETXTGYPEarthly remains – During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work. When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, ships him off to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands…

 

bookcoverBKZE6TYSThe golden egg – At the request of his wife, Commissario Brunetti looks into the death of a deaf, mentally disabled man who worked at their dry-cleaners and uncovers a mystery when the man left no official records and his mother is reluctant to speak to him.

 

 


Julia Spencer – Fleming

bookcover4IOCKK0DTo darkness and to death – In the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill, where everyone knows everyone and all are part of an interconnected web of blood or acquaintance, one person’s troubles have a way of ensnaring others. What begins as a simple case of a woman lost in the woods leads to a tangle of revenge, blackmail, assault, kidnapping, and murder. As the hours tick by, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopal priest Reverend Clare Fergusson struggle to make sense…

bookcoverHC8UVJVQOut of the deep I cry – Hot on the heels of her multi-award-winning debut, In the Bleak Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers the latest captivating mystery in her acclaimed series. When the local doctor disappears from the small town of Millers Kill, New York, it doesn’t take long for the gossip-mongers to start insinuating foul play. Amid escalating suspicions that he was “disposed of” due to his ongoing fight to prevent authorities from cutting his clinic’s funding,…

 


Jacqueline Winspear

bookcover3F6Z55B2Birds of a feather: a novel – Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate’s daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress’s old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions…

bookcoverHSRA5OAQJourney To Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel – It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square–a place of many memories–she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service…


 

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