After the way The Beautiful Mystery ended, I desperately needed the next book. However all my libraries had long waits for the ebooks and digital audio copies. Hoopla to the rescue! My local library only recently started offering Hoopla access, so I stuck my earbuds in, downloaded the book, and basically spent the next day and half listening compulsively
I find it fascinating how much variation there is in the series about the time gaps between the events in each book. Some are a year apart, others a few months, others almost a year, etc. So many series stick to set time pattern, it is refreshing and sometimes surprising just how much or how little time has passed, especially in contrast to the time period that that the books tend to actually cover, often times no more than a week or so.
I read How the Light Gets In at a frenetic pace...my audio speed pumped up to my listening limit of 1.75 (which I realize is glacial compared to the speeds some of my friends do). And the story's pacing seemed to match my own, Gamache racing around between Three Pines and Montreal, trying to put the final pieces together to two tragedies, unraveling ancient plots and recent menaces.
Ruth continues to be my favorite resident of Three Pines but in this book Myrna really gets a chance to shine. I loved how both of them held the Three Pines crew together and rescued Gamache and his team yet again.
I am going to take a few days, before picking up the next book, The Long Way Home, because I was spoiled by a major plot point in that one...and I need to let the events in this one just sink in a little bit.
9. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (CIGM #9, WM Quebecois, Big Mid-series climax) Gamache under siege & the pacing matched my frantic mood & served a much need resolution. Cw: homophobia, murder, betrayals, drug use, addiction, police corruption.