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October Book Club Pick: 'Glass Houses'

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Remember in August when we gave our Refined Reads friends an exclusive opportunity to meet award-winning murder mystery author Louise Penny? Well, we did it for a reason...(other than Penny being an absolute GEM) - and that is because her newest book, 'Glass Houses' is our October read!

If you've read Penny's "Chief Inspector Gamache" series, you'll know she's created a witty and lovable cast of characters, who are all determined to make the crime-ridden town of Three Pines a safer place.

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

We can't wait to see what Penny (and Gamache) do next...

Page goals:

  • Thursday, October 5th: Try to read through Chapter 8
  • Thursday, October 12th: Read through Chapter 16
  • Thursday, October 19th: Read through Chapter 25
  • Thursday, October 26th: Finish the book, and come to our discussion at University Book Store in the U-District at 6:30 p.m.!

Our discussion will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at University Book Store in the U-District. You know the drill - RSVP for your spot by emailing

Pick up your copy at University Book Store!