How the Light Gets In By Louise Penny: Vive Gamache!

by Sharon Tucker

In 2005, Canadian author Louise Penny’s novel Still Life introduced readers to Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Quebec Sureté, to his Homicide Squad and to the village of Three Pines, Quebec. Nine novels later in the series with How the Light Gets In, we have traveled with Gamache to other venues within the province, but always we come back to Three Pines, where the heart of the series lies. So too, although the venues of the some of the novels vary slightly, Gamache remains their moral center. His team and the reader rely on his judgment and his compassion–much as readers in the genre count on Penny to observe the cardinal rules governing mystery writing.