#BookBeginnings Louise Penny’s A Better Man

Yay! I scored a copy of Louise Penny’s newest, A Better Man, from the library for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

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Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!


A Better Man by Louise Penny

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Summary:   Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is back at the Sûreté du Québec, but it hasn’t been an easy return. He’s under attack in social media, he’s in a delicate position because he’s been given equal rank to his own son-in-law, plus spring floods threaten. An assignment to look for a young woman who is missing seems like it might be a welcome respite from his problems. Or is it?

First Sentence:

The novel starts with two apparent tweets:

What’s happened to Clara Morrow? She used to be a great artist. #MorrowSucks

Are you kidding me? They let him back in the Sûreté? #SûretéSux


The tweets are part of a theme of this novel. Throughout Louise Penny raises awareness of the impact of unkindness of social networks, perhaps in response to some readers who have posted not so pleasant tweets about herself or her books? Let’s hope the studies that show reading novels increases empathy have some merit.

Penny always has strong settings, but in this one man-vs-nature comes into play in a big way in the form of floods.

What do you think? Would your keep reading?


  1. Ashley S.

    I’d definitely keep reading. Sounds like a great one! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  2. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    Louise Penny is on my list of must-try authors. Hope you enjoy this book.

    • Roberta

      I would start with her first. They do build on each other.

  3. Breana M.

    I’d keep reading, because A Better Man sounds like an interesting story. Enjoy your current read!

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve enjoyed other books by Louise Penny…this one sounds tempting.

    • Roberta

      It is the newest, so you might want to read in order.

  5. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    I have a friend who loves Louise Penney but I am not sure where to start. Do you think I should go all the way back to the beginning of the series or just jump in? My Friday Quotes

  6. Lauren @ Always Me

    I hope you’re enjoying it!

  7. Literary Feline

    A Better Man sounds good. Of course, Louise Penny is such a gifted author! I like that this one deals with social media. People tend to be so much more cruel when they have a screen to hide behind. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great week!

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