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Minotaur Books is pleased to invite you to visit real places that inspired LOUISE PENNY in writing the CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE series. We’re exploring and discussing a place from each of the books as we prepare for the August 25th release of the new book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST. More: buy the new book | about Louise Penny | find out more

Now Exploring: MAY 18 – 30, 2015

A Real Place from A Rule Against Murder (Book 4)

Quebec’s Eastern Townships are a popular travel destination. The region dates back to the 18th century, when it was settled by British loyalists. It continued to be popular with Southerners who built estates to spend their summers there. Manoir Hovey, a luxury hotel, is one of these former estates. It is situated on the shores of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley, and is the inspiration for Manoir Bellechasse in A Rule Against Murder. . . .

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The Real Places of Three Pines

Every two weeks we will reveal a real place that is the inspiration behind a fictional place in each of the books. We’ll have photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.

The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Gamache, Books 1–10

  • Still Life, by Louise Penny
  • A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny
  • The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny
  • A Rule Against Murder, by Louise Penny
  • The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny
  • Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny
  • A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny
  • The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny
  • The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny