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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: July 26 – August 9, 2015

A Real Place from How the Light Gets In (Book 9)

Hovering high above the St. Lawrence River and nearly four miles long, the Champlain Bridge connects Three Pines with Montreal and features heavily into the works of Louise Penny. Named after Samuel de Champlain (remember his remains play a big role in Bury Your Dead), the intrepid explorer who founded Quebec City and New France. . . .

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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