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: APRIL 20 – MAY 3, 2015

A Real Place from A Fatal Grace (Book 2)

Not nearly as intimidating—it’s pink!—as Louise makes it out to be, the Old Mansion House serves as the inspiration for the old Hadley House in A Fatal Grace.

Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog, the Old Mansion House was built in 1889 and once held the distinction of being “Quebec’s oldest hotel in continuous operation.” The nearly 5000 square foot Victorian Manse began its life as a coaching inn serving travelers making their way between Montreal and Boston. . . .

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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