Louise Penny A Great Reckoning Book Club Starter Kit!

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny is the 12th mystery featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, set in the town of Three Pines. In honor of its upcoming release (August 30th), we're offering our fans a chance to win a complete book club kit with enough supplies for 15 people! 

One lucky winner will receive discussion guide pamphlets, recipe cards, leather bookmarks, limited edition Three Pines maps, a Louise Penny tote bag, and a signed first edition of A Great Reckoning! It's the perfect book club starter kit!

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Louise Penny A Great Reckoning Book Club Comment Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete the “Post a Comment” entry at https://www.criminalelement.com/stories/2016/08/win-a-louse-penny-a-great-reckoning-book-club-starter-kit beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) August 18, 2016. Sweepstakes ends 12:59 p.m. ET September 15, 2016. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

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Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of more than ten Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Comments

  1. C Gear

    The Hespeler Ladies Book Club is a group of ten women who have been meeting for over eight years to read and discuss a wide variety of books. We have read a few of Louise Penny’s novels over the years and almost all of our members have read every single title. As a meeting starter once, we asked members to pick a fictional world they’d most like to live in and everyone agreed Three Pines would be at the top of their list! We’d love to host a book club meeting, food included, around this wonderful author’s newest book, A Great Reckoning.

  2. Lavonn

    I am a member of a bookclub located in Georgetown, South Carolina. It was my pleasure to introduce them to Louise Penny’s books about 4 years ago. Many have now read the entire series and wait for more as I do. This would be a wonderful way to stage an event with our group and invite visitors! Thanks for the opportunity to introduce “A Great Reckoning” to Georgetown!

  3. Vicky Boackle

    looks fantastic.

  4. JAMES LYNAM

    My friends & I have been talking about starting
    a book club. This win would be a great start.

  5. Barbara Sterling

    This would be a great starter to gather all my Louise Penny fan friends and start a book club. We are neighbors after all (Vermont is next to the Eastern Townships).

  6. Barbara Lima

    We live in a rural area and meet at our local library. It’s a beautiful library and we are very blessed. Over the last 7 years we have read many diverse books.

  7. Rina Horenian

    What an awesome prize package this is!

  8. jecarney_12

    I’m a librarian in Pittsburgh and would love to host a book club at my library featuring the newest Gamache book. I’ve recommended the series to a number of patrons here and they havae all loved it!

  9. Jim Carney

    I’m a librarian in Pittsburgh and would love to host a book club at my library featuring the newest Gamache book. I’ve recommended the series to a number of patrons here and they have all loved it!

  10. Susan Minogue

    The members of my book club would love the opportunity to read more Louise Penny. We tried to reserve tickets to see her in Washington, DC next month but it was too late. The event is sold out which is great for Louise but hearbreaking for us! Vive Gamache!

  11. Clydia DeFreese

    I am a Louise Penny book fan and I highly recommend all her books. I would love a copy of her new book, but alas, I am NOT a member of a book club……and have no interest in meetings of any kind……takes away my reading time.

  12. Misch Brannock

    Love her books can’t wait to read this on

  13. Agnes Zelgert

    What a wonderful opportunity to share this series with my book club! Thanks for this chance and I look forward to your latest release.

  14. Susanne Troop

    Nice prize…thanks!

  15. Robin Weatherington

    [b]I can’t wait to read this[/b]

  16. zarah

    My book club is only about 8 people, but the way we debate what to read it sure would be nice to have it decided for once.

  17. Nancy Starke

    It would be an honor to win this give away. Our book club has been meeting for 16 years. We are now retired educators who love to read and discuss great books.

  18. Michele Van Epps

    Our library has a mystery book group, and we all loved meeting Gamache in [u]Still Life.[/u] It would be great to read the latest in this fabulous series! Great prize!

  19. S M LIGHT

    Most everyone In our bookclub has read Louise Penny’s books but we have never discussed any of her books in our club. What a great way to have a ready-made bookclub presentation. It would be great to win the set!!!

  20. Tara Enright

    I am a high school teacher, and a group of us get together once a month for book club. We read a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. I have recommended Louise Penny books many times for the club, and I would love to have the supplies to use with my group.

  21. Beth Jordan

    Louise Penny’s books are the birthday gift I give to myself every year.

  22. patricia gibby

    Good incentive to start a book club

  23. Linda Mulholland

    I have been anxiously waiting for the next installment. I would love it live in Three Pines. My son lives near Montreal and I feel like I have learned more about life in Quebec from the Louise Penny books than from any other resource.

  24. Marie-Louise Molloy

    My book club consist of a wide variety of individuals, all genders, ages and social/economic backgrounds, leading to very lively discussions! We’ve been going strong for over 10 yrs. and read all genres! Big Louise Penny fan!

  25. Terri G.

    Our book club needs a good mystery for October and we would love this! Our group meets every month at our local library. We do a different genre each month. This would be perfect for us!!

  26. seakiev

    The Mystery Lovers Bookclub of Breckenridge, Colorado is relatively new but we love mysteries, and Louise Penny is hands down our favorite author. Because we are a new club, we selected Still Life, the first book in the series, as our read for this month, and we are doing that will each author we select. We read the first book in their series. However, half of us have read the entire Gamache series. We would love to receive all this fun swag for our group…and a great excuse to read another Louise Penny book right away! Thank you!

  27. Chris Hunt

    Our little book club consists of all family members. And since most of the family members live within a couple of miles of each other on Westlake,Ohio the close knit feel and understanding of each of the residents of Three Pines brings us a better understanding of our family dynamics. The sharing and discussing of these books and others is like a church visit for all us us. A reminder to be tolerant and kind to all

  28. browsermix

    I haven’t read Louise Penny’s novels. This would be a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for the chance to win…..

  29. Suzanne Anderson

    The Mystery Lovers Bookclub of Breckenridge, Colorado is relatively new but we are passionate mystery readers and Louise Penny is hands down our favorite author. We started with a small group of six women, however, some of us belong to the same knitting group and our conversations about what we were reading was contagious, so I believe we’ll have 5 recruits from our knitting group as new members to our mystery book club. Because we are a new club we selected Still Life, the first book in the series, as our read for this month. We read the first book in each author’s series. It has been very interesting to see the wide-range of mystery authors that each lady selected as the pick for her month. In the coming months we’ll be reading the Relic Master by Christopher Buckley, a cozy quilt mystery by Beth Groundwater, Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas, a Christmas mystery by Anne Perry, and The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters. However, half of us have read the entire Gamache series. (I listened to the enitre series on evenings in front of the fireplace, knitting, and enjoying a glass of red wine. Perfect, yes?) We would love to receive all this fun swag for our group…and a great excuse to read another Louise Penny book right away! Thank you!

  30. Jo Bonner

    This is an awesome package! I would love to discuss this book with my group. I love the series, and I’m sure the rest of my group would appreciate all the nuances there are to discuss in one of these books.

  31. Merle Carrus

    I have read all the Lousie Penny mystery novels. I have also been sharing her with all my book club friends. I lead a book discussion about Inspector Gamache to introduce my friends to the series. I would love to be able to lead another discussion with her newest book. I am looking forward to its release!

  32. Chris Hunt

    Our little book club consists of all family members. Since most of us live within a couple of miles of each other in Westlake, Ohio, the close knit feel and understanding of each of the unique residents of Three Pines brings us a better understanding of our own family dynamics. The sharing and discussing of the Penny books and others are like a church visit for us all. A time out from our hectic lives to remember to be tolerant and kind to all.

  33. Mary M. Williams

    Our book club is quite small. Just my friend and me! We were introduced to Inspector Gamache by another friend. We are waiting with great anticipation for A Great Reckoning. We try not to read too quickly so that we can savor all the best parts and details. I am sharing these great books with anyone I know loves mysteries. I feel like the characters are my friends too. Maybe our book club is really a lot larger. Thanks Louise for creating these memorable books.

  34. Kate Schoenherr

    I really enjoy reading mysteries. This would be great!

  35. ANorton

    Our book group, The Hungry Readers, is associated with our church, but we don’t read “churchy” books. We are reading our first Louise Penny book, Still Life, this month and would love to move on to another one soon!

  36. Mary Williams

    I just downloaded The Nature of the Feast. Another great treat. Three Pines is a culinary experience as well as the best mystery village ever. Can’t wait for the new book!!

  37. Patti Scott

    My group first read “Bury Your Dead”. None of us had read one of Louise Penny’s mysteries before. We all fell in love with Gamache. We have gone on to read almost all of her books, some of us faster than others. We love Three Pines and every meeting, no matter what the book, always digresses to life in Three Pines. Some of us are going on a trip to find it in September while reading the new book. Thanks for the wonderful characters and beautiful writing 🙂

  38. Anita Norton

    Our book group, The Hungry Readers, is associated with our church but we don’t read “churchy” books. We are reading our first Louise Penny book, Still Life, this month and would love to move on to another one soon!

  39. Laurie Atwater

    We have a wonderful book group at church, and the themes in Ms. Penny’s books are so rich and deep they are really good choices. Several of us are such fans we’ve read them all.

  40. Dakota

    Oh how our book club way out here on the west coast (Tahsis, BC) would love this for a choice. We have read two of Louise Penny’s before. FIngers crossed.

  41. tina Dotson

    Our book club is through our church. We have ~ 10 women who come to the meetings, but usually a few more get and read the book. Would love to introduce them to Three Pines this way! I have read the first four… looking forward to this new one!

  42. Donna Kaplan

    I discovered Louse Penny through my mystery book discussion group. We read Still Life, which I fell in love with. I quickly read everything else in the series and still love everything about it… the writing, the setting(s) and of course the characters. I haven’t decided who is my favorite, but depending on my mood it can be Gamache or even Ruth! This would be an ideal way to bring another Louise Penny book to our discussions.

  43. Teresa Steinert

    I’m always looking for new authors and books for my book groups.

  44. Donna Smith

    We are all anxiously awaiting this next book! Everyone has now read all the previous books, so a Great Reckoning is our next selection to read and discuss.

  45. Karen Mikusak

    Awesome giveaway. Would love to win!

  46. Janice MP

    Our book club is celebrating our 10 year anniversary in September. When we first met everyone knew someone, but no one knew everyone. Since then, we have been through good times and times of sorrow together and look forward to our time together each month. We introduced Louise Penny to some of our members (others have been her fans since her first book). We sometimes use the book’s mentions of food to set our evening menu and Louise’s cookbook will be a big help when we read another of her books. We had one year when we read all Canadian books, and that was a huge success. It would be great fun to win this contest!

  47. Donna Kaplan

    I discovered Louse Penny through my mystery book discussion group. We read Still Life, which I fell in love with. I quickly read everything else in the series and still love everything about it… the writing, the setting(s) and of course the characters. I haven’t decided who is my favorite, but depending on my mood it can be Gamache or even Ruth! This would be an ideal way to bring another Louise Penny book to our discussions.

  48. Caren Luckie

    This would be great for my book club. Get us energized again!

  49. Sally Kohlenberg

    Thanks for the opportunity-It would be great

  50. Barb Scales

    Small fun group that is super excited to digest any Louise Penny book! We can really use the organization this prize would supply to the group- we can be scattered with our thoughts- tons of fun !

  51. Ramsey Doran

    My book club of nine women of a certain age just met today to discuss our reading for the year. There was much interest in A Great Reckoning, but our club doesn’t read books that are not available in paperback form yet. This kit would be a GREAT way to introduce them to my Three Pines friends. RECKON I have a chance!?!

  52. Danièle Power

    Would be a great opportunity to start a book club and share my love of Louise Penny’s books with my friends.

  53. Anne Marie Koschnick

    I LOVE Louise Penny. I run the Mystery Book Club where all our books are mysteries. I was introduced to Louise Penny through an author that we had visit us. Since I have a French-Canadian background, she thought I might like her books. And was she right! In addition to our club, I mention her books every chance I get, and everyone has loved them. I like the combination of mystery, philosophy, history and great characters that each book contains. I do a lot of research on the writers for our club, and I was impressed that her website includes a section on the pronounciation of French. It’s the little things that make Louise and her books so special. I have to say, I very seldomly write fan letters (or emails), but I did write one to her about her books and her website and I actually heard back the next day. I would absolutely love to win this prize to share with my book club. It would make their day! Thanks for the opportunity.

  54. Julie Campbell

    The online mystery discussion group I belong to would love this!

  55. gena fisher

    I work at a small public library and have been co-chair of our book club for around 12 years. Tomorrow is my first time running it by myself because my partner retured a month or so ago! We are 10-15 women and we read all kinds of things. We just finished a year of classics and I can proudly say that nearly everyone finished Anna Karinina. We would love to have your book as one of our selections. Thanks!

  56. Louise Newton

    my book club has been reading a lot of light fiction and we desperately need to change to something mysterious and exciting…..we are a group of seniors in need of change!

  57. Donna Ziegler

    My mystery book group read Louise Penny’s “Still Life” years ago and voted it the best mystery for that year. We would love to get the starter kit for “A Great Reckoning” so that we could compare the two books.

  58. Lizk

    Can’t wait!!!

  59. susan beamon

    I belong to “The Mighty Monday Book Club” out of our local library. Two years ago we started the series as one of our monthly book selections. Several members have read the entire series. I am not one of them, not because I didn’t like the series (I really did and I have all the books except this one) but because I do reader reviews for a couple of websites. Fun, but that does give me many books to read. I plan to get back into the series soon as I can.

  60. ironchical

    Great group, we always agree on a title before we read it. We’ve only ever abandoned 2 books (Wolf Hall and One Hundred Years of Solitude) without finishing since 2002 and again everyone agreed. We love mysteries and winning would be fun, fun, fun!

  61. John Monaghan

    Haven’t read any of the sereies yet but it looks like I’ll add it ot the ‘want to read’ list.

  62. vickie dailey

    I would love the chance to use these materials to introduce my friends to Louise Penny

  63. Nancy Starke

    I would love to win this unbelievable package. Louise Penny is a truly gifted writer. Three Pines and all the inhabitants seem so real. Thank you.

  64. Daphne Gill

    We are a small but passionate group of mystery readers. I run this group from the public library where I work and have found it to be the highlight of my month. I have learned that no matter what we think about the current book the discussion is always lively and enlightening. We have food with each of our books and I can’t wait to see what we cook up this time. Libraries, books, food and Gamache what could be better!

  65. lasvegasnv

    club would like to read this

  66. Michelle Fidler

    Mine is a mystery book club specializing in cozies and historical mysteries.

  67. StephAJWC

    We meet monthly and rotate houses. Whoever is hosting gets to select the book. I love Louise Penny’s books and would love to introduce her to our group!

  68. Mia Manansala

    I was first introduced to Louise Penny’s books through my book club, The Mystery Discussion Group, which meets at Centuries & Sleuths (an independent history and mystery bookstore in Forest Park, IL). There’s always food, wine, and plenty of conversation.

    I’m a relatively new member to the group (I joined last year, they’ve been around for probably 10 years or more), and I’d love to be able to contribute this amazing kit.

  69. Diane Parlette

    We are a ladies group of five. All retired. We meet to share our faith and to support and encourage one another. We share the love of reading and Louise Penney is at the top of our list. The small island where is live is much like Three Pines. Each resident unique in their own way. Differences occur but always there to lend a hand. One of the ladies in our group has a husband declining with dementia and while we love Louise Penney’s books her willingness to share her personal story touches us deeply.

  70. Michael Carter

    Great!
    Yes, please enter me in this sweepstakes.
    Thanks —

  71. Nancy Serrick

    My sister in Florida (I’m in Canada) belongs to a book club there and it was she who suggested I start reading Louise Penny’s books. So off I went to the library. When I was taking out the book, the librarian nodded appreciatively, sighed, and said, “How I wish I could read all of these books again for the first time.” I was hooked from that moment on. And guess what, the book club I belong to now is at the library.

  72. Dixie Wright

    I would really enjoy getting the book club pack of Louise Penny’s latest release A Great Recogning. There is a great joy reading and sharing books and their ideas with other people, its fun to have mystery buffs get together to discussion feelings and ideas that the book prompts.

  73. Peter W. Horton Jr.

    I love book clubs! Yes!

  74. Patty Andersen

    Louise Penny has become one of my favorite authors and I wait each year for a new release. Waiting for this one to come to me soon.

  75. Jeanette Barney

    I always look forward to reading the next Louise Penny book. It would be great for a book group. I have a group of friends at the library in WV and we love to discuss books.

  76. Sandra Clariday

    My book club has discussed almost all of Penny’s books and love them. A discussion kit would be fantastic!!!

  77. James Devlin

    A group of us (mostly friends since school) gets together every six weeks or so to do something: a museum, a trip, or just dinner. It would be fun to have a book-themed get-together. I have all the earlier books in the series, and I think they’d enjoy this…

  78. Leslie Thistle

    Small group of readers in the senior building where I live. All are tuned into Louise Penny and waiting excitedly for next week and A Great Reckoning!

  79. Sue Nehring

    Best books ever. My friends and I get together to talk about her books and cook Three Pines food.

  80. Angela Ashe

    We are a bookclub of Moms who met when our children were babies and we wanted to have a good excuse to get together and “talk adult”. That was over 10 years ago and we are still meeting but now commiserate over the kids’ driving adventures. We like to joke that we are a food club masquerading as a book club because the themed food nights often take priority over the discussion. We are so much more than a book club, though – we are life-long friends that have seen each other through so much of life’s ups and downs. We bring meals to each other when there is a surgery or a birth or a death. We connect to and appreciate the fellowship and deep caring between the characters that Ms. Penny writes of in her books. I want to retire someday to Three Pines! And if Inspector Gamache were to sit down on the bench next to me, well, I would surely swoon.

  81. Sandra Furlotte

    I belong to a Bookclub in Prince Edward Island. I have read all the Three Pines books and most of the members of the group are also big fans. Prince Edward Island picked the first of the series as the one book that all Islanders should read a few years ago and Louise visited the province to support this new initiative.

  82. Jeffrey Tretin

    My book club loves mysteries.

  83. Barb Clark

    One of the book clubs I belong to is the Balboa Park Leaf Turners which meets in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park. Our club began over twenty years ago; we meet on a selected Saturday morning with book and chair in hand.

  84. Jackie Wisherd

    I have read several books by Louise Penny and wish I had more time to read others. This one sounds like a good one. I belong to two mystery book clubs and we have read read her books in the past. I am sure we will read more of them in the future,

  85. Diane Pollock

    7 at 7 meets once a month at Barnes and Noble and we try an ecletic variety of books to read!

  86. BecciWest

    I belong to a book club which has been meeting since before Still Life was written. We have been big fans from the beginning and would love to win the prizes. Can’t wait for The Great Reckoning!

  87. Susan Mahaffey

    Sounds wonderful! My book club will go “ga-ga!”

  88. Susan Wilkinson

    I have enjoyed the series. We can’t seem to keep a reading club going.

  89. debby lessard

    Our book club is called Murder Around the World; we read murder mysteries from different countries. We started with the first of the Three Pines series to represent Canada. We enjoyed Three Pines and the characters so much that we have continued on with the series. We all wish we could actually go to Three Pines, so our book club would just love to win this prize; crossing my fingers!

  90. Rudy Wright

    The International Mystery Book Club at the Portage (MI) District Library would love to win this! As the moderator, imagine how heroic it would make me look to bring this to the table at our September meeting! Thank you for the opportunity!

  91. Verum6

    I just moved to Portland and I am in hopes of starting a mystery book club. It would be great to utilize such a great package as an enticement to join. Thank you.

  92. Ronald Roseborough

    I love Louise Penny’s novels. Include me in the giveaway.

  93. Suzanne Tamiesie

    I just moved to Portland and I am in hopes of starting a mystery book group. Your package would make a wonderful enticement in recruiting members. Thanks!

  94. Helen Crim

    My book club is actually an “invite-only” Face Book page called “My Reading Buddies” which includes my bibliophile friends and siblings from around the U.S. and England! We share favorite books and authors and often have mini-discussions. Many of us are stalwart Three Pines fans and have been waiting – quite impatiently – for “A Great Reckoning” to come out!

  95. Judi Purcell

    Louise Penny is simply the best! I can’t wait to get her newest book and then read it very slowly.

  96. Margaret Heidtbrink

    We’re a small group and read from most genres. I’m the only mystery lover, so we don’t read a lot of them. I’m sure that will change once they’re introduced to Three Pines. Of course, I’ve read (listened really) them all and can’t wait for the next ones. It’s too bad she can’t write as fast as I read them.

  97. Laurent Latulippe

    My book club meets every month. This would be a great prize for us. We are a diverse group and pick books from every category. We’d have fun reading this. Good luck!

  98. John Murch

    This will have to be shared with two bookclubs; neither of which would pass up a Louisr Penny book.

  99. Suzze Tiernan

    Everyone in my book club, The Village Readers, is a fan of Louise Penny’s books. I think this is the only series that every one of the 8 members has completely agreed on. At many meetings someone will ask “when is the next one out?” We meet every month and would all love to read the new installment of this great series.

  100. John Murch

    This will have to be shared with two book clubs; neither of which would pass up a Louise Penny book.

  101. Patricia Hill

    My book club consists of family and friends and we number 12. We meet at a coffee shop once a week for coffee and books. Now that the kids are in school, we hope to expand .

  102. Sharon Travis

    Our book club,THE NOVELTIES, would really enjoy the new Louise Penny mystery. Our meetings include good friends,good food and great conversations just like in the books. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful contest.

  103. Sharon Ruda

    The Springfield, IL AAUW mystery book discussion group talked with Ms. Penny way back when she first started writing this phenomenal series. In fact, at our meeting last night we talked about the upcoming release. As a reader advisor for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, I am always suggesting her series to people who like literate mysteries, cozy mysteries and for all the obvious reasons.

  104. Sarah Hodo

    My fascination with this series began when How The Light Gets In was selected as our book club’s next read. After that, I couldn’t stop until I finished all of them. Now my book club knows if there is a Gamache book coming out, I won’t read the club selection until I have finished it. Therefore, A Great Reckoning will be our next book. I can’t wait!

  105. Lucinda Larson

    We would love to win this! Thank you for the opportunity, it is greatly appreciated.

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  107. Valerie Stein

    This looks like a terrific little collection to help with a book club! I’d be thrilled to win this!

  108. Noreen Pazderski

    We don’t actually have a book club…..yet. I think this would be a fantastic way to start. The local library has rooms we can use to get started until we build a group to host in our house. It would be so much fun to have these items to entice new members.

  109. Partygirl54

    Our Mystery Book Club meets at a local Mystery Book store called Clues Unlimited. We indulged in a Louise Penny book this year and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I would love to be able to present this new book as one of our upcoming month’s read.

  110. Carolyn Hutton

    I have read all of Louise Penny’s books and I love them!!!! She is extraordinary!

  111. Colleen Shannon

    With her Three Pines mysteries, Louise Penny has become an addiction for my book club friends. Each of the members of the two clubs I belong to is a member of another club. We have become pushers for this addiction spreading the word of our wonderful favorite to others. I now have friends throughout the country waiting breathlessly for Louise’s latest release and we all want to visit Quebec! By sharing her own life and challenges in her monthly newsletter, Louise has become one of us – almost like a present member when we gather to dicuss her books and other literary favorites.

  112. Emma Cazabonne

    I founded a boo club 6 years ago for my block. we meet once a month, we are in between 8 and 12. it’s unique in the sense that all the members present the book they most enjoyed since last meeting. so we hear about all kinds of books, from nonfiction to thrillers, and so we have an enthusiastic group of men and women readers. Emma

  113. Pamela Peak

    penfowl7
    I am the new president of a book club that has met since 1954.
    We LOVE Louise Penny1!
    I collect her books. I cannot wait for this new one!!
    I have taught literature for 42 years. I know good writing when I see it!

  114. Cynthia Aune

    Our book club is part of the Adult Day Care center where I work. It’s sometimes hard to acquire books because we are a non profit so 15 books, that would be a blessing for sure….plus I personally am a huge fan of Louise Penny and already have my copy ordered!

  115. Lynne Avery

    I wait excitedly for the 12th Inspector Gamache book to launch. My friends and I agree that Three Pines would be a lovely place to live, but we are not sure if we want to perhaps be the subject of the next murder investigated there!

  116. Anne Marie Creamer

    Our book club is about 16 years old. Originally we were a cross section of health care workers who focussed on mental health care for seniors. However over the years our club has morphed several times with some readers joining and then having to move on. We read “How the Light Gets In” when it was released and enjoyed it. I loved it so much I have read the rest of the series. I am early anticipating this next release.

  117. Sonia Grgas

    Would love to lead a discussion of one of her books at my library.

  118. Mary Ann Woods

    Really enjoy Louise Penny and Inspector Gamache. Would love to introduce one of my book clubs to both of them!

  119. Connie Williamson

    My sisters and I have a book club (large family!) and we all love Louise Penny’s books. This prize would ensure us talking about Louise’s new book that comes out next week! We’re all dying to read it!

  120. Barbara Fish

    The Book Group of Durham NC has 14 members, many of whom are Louise Penny fans. They would love me even more than they already do if I win this prize for the group.

  121. M Thompson

    Love Louise Penny’s books. This would be a great way to kick off a book club at our community centre.

  122. pearl berger

    Louise Penny’s novels are captivating and wonderful. Our book club enjoys diverse novels which enthrall and have memorable plots and characters. Thasnks for this opportunity.

  123. Beth Talmage

    It’s so funny–my “book club” is really a discussion group with my partner’s sisters, in which we discuss books we have in common. This is something I’ve longed to do for almost 30 years, and the books that started it were Louise Penny’s; they each read one of Louise’s wonderful novels and recognized that she is my favorite author and suddenly we were talking books! So I’d love to win this giveaway and make our book club official.

  124. Elizabeth Andrews

    Our Indianapolis Book Club began as a group of close friends to our beloved Art Teacher/colleague when she retired. She now doesn’t leave her house due to her decline caused by Alzheimers, but we all drop in frequently with her favorite ice cream! Louise Penny is by far our favorite author! Since I receive Ms Penny’s monthly newsletter, it is my job to report to the group what is new with Louise, Michael, and Bishop. All our love to them!

  125. Elizabeth Andrews

    Our Indianapolis Book Club began as a group of close friends to our beloved Art Teacher/colleague when she retired. She now doesn’t leave her house due to her decline caused by Alzheimers, but we all drop in frequently with her favorite ice cream! Louise Penny is by far our favorite author! Since I receive Ms Penny’s monthly newsletter, it is my job to report to the group what is new with Louise, Michael, and Bishop. All our love to them!

  126. ellie lewis

    Bonami book club would enjoy this opportunity. We look forward to Louise Penny’s books since they resonate with us and the locale is one with which we are familiar.

  127. Julie Chuba

    I’m just starting a lunch hour book club in my office this fall (I work in Continuing Education at a university) and would love to introduce my co-workers to the world of Three Pines! I’m thinking a Three Pines Potluck would bring in even more readers! Can’t wait to read the new book.

  128. Ann Muth

    Its a great read for a book club

  129. John Smith

    Sounds great!

  130. Diane Walli

    Our book group from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area has been meeting since 2003. We are a group of women ranging in age from 30’s-70’s. We have had many good discussions about the books we choose and also have good food to eat!
    I recommended “Still Life” to our group. Everyone liked it. I have also recommended the series to many others.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  131. Pam Furry

    My mystery book group will celebrate our 20th anniversary this fall. We currently have 16 members and rarely repeat an author…but we’d make an exception for you! I first read Still Life in 2009 and then again in 2010 with the whole group because I enjoyed it so much. Most everyone has kept up with the series and we all look forward to August. By the way, we all are moving to Three Pines.

  132. vicki wurgler

    we are a small group 8 women who meet at our church. no meetings during the summer months, we will start up in September

  133. Marsha Coarsey

    Louise Penny is my favorite contemporary mystery writer. I can’t wait to read her newest addition to the series and would love to share it with my book club friends.

  134. Rachel Bolly

    My book club rocks! We have lots of fun

  135. kugel

    Because of my book group, I’ve read books that Iprobably wouldn’t have, and discovered authors for whom I’ve read other books in their works.
    And in that process have widened my horizons and considered ideas and points of view that I otherwise would have missed. It’s been an education beyond formal schooling, and I’m thankful for that.

  136. rlsleater

    Our group is literally a family: 6 daughters of a mother who had been addicted to mystery stories and passed her fondness on to us, now joined by 8 younger daughters/nieces who are all devoted readers. The club started when we noticed that we spent most of our time together talking about the books we were reading, so we got a little coordinated and monthly agree on a book that we will all read. We always read the new Louise Penney book and 4 of us were lucky enough to hear her in Monterey.

  137. Dennis A.

    Did the Marathon Gamache read two years ago for that latest book release. It’s great to be hooked! Our book group wants to win because the Louise Penny book tours don’t seem to stop in Cleveland!

  138. ravensfan

    I belong to a neighborhood book club. The members either live in the development or used to live there (some moved away more than ten years ago but still belong to the book club). It’s a great way to socialize, keep up with each other’s families, and share our love of reading.

  139. Dennis

    Our group would love this because Cleveland keeps getting skipped on the Louise Penny book tours! Thansk!

  140. sue weatherbee

    We did Still Life when it first came out and would look forward to this one!

  141. Stephanie Liske

    Pick Me!

  142. Claudia Jones

    I’m always excited about introducing Inspector Gamache and the residents of Three Pines to readers who have not yet discovered them. Louise Penny’s series is some of the best writing available, and her characters resonate especially well with those of us living in the small rural communities of North-Central Idaho. Our library district has the complete series in audio, hardcover and large type – we are eagerly awaiting A Great Reckoning!

  143. Penny Snyder

    This would be great to win!!!~

  144. Susan Smoaks

    thank you for the chance to win

  145. Suzanne Williams

    I have two local friends, but many long distance friends and winning would give me the incentive to try putting together a “virtual book group”.

  146. Jeane Campbell

    Our group combines our love of reading, scrapbooking and card making. Makes for a monthly fun meeting. Been together for over 8 years. Cricut Club

  147. trish mckee

    I have not yet read any books by Louise Penny, but the members of my book club have raved about her and i would love this opportunity to introduce the new works into our group.

  148. Ed Nemmers

    I would like to read the work of Louise Penny.

  149. julie hawkins

    Id like to read this author’s books.

  150. Daniel Vice

    I would like this

  151. Jennifer Brinker

    Would love to win this prize pack!

  152. Carl White

    [b]Not many people know this but the author was worth a dollar when she was younger.[/b]

  153. Linda Pearson

    I’ve only been part of our local bookclub for about 2 years. However, the others (all women) have met for about 8 years now and are a close-knit group. Our discussions are wide-ranging, almost always on topic, informed and very lively. And, of course, followed by great eats which we take turns contributing!

    Before I joined there were 2 of the Penny books considered by the women. I’d love to introduce A Great Reckoning and to lead the discussion about it. Most of the members have read all the Gamache series and some, like me, own all the books. My daughter pre-ordered Reckoning for me for a Mothers’ Day gift – it arrived yesterday.

    Gotta go…I’ve just started the 4th chapter!

  154. Linda Pearson

    I’ve only been part of our local bookclub for about 2 years. However, the others (all women) have met for about 8 years now and are a close-knit group. Our discussions are wide-ranging, almost always on topic, informed and very lively. And, of course, followed by great eats which we take turns contributing! Before I joined there were 2 of the Penny books considered by the women. I’d love to introduce A Great Reckoning and to lead the discussion about it. Most of the members have read all the Gamache series and some, like me, own all the books. My daughter pre-ordered Reckoning for me for a Mothers’ Day gift – it arrived yesterday. Gotta go…I’ve just started the 4th chapter!

  155. Elizabeth Hart

    I belong to a book club that began many years ago as a group of middle school educators and their principal. They invited me, as their Superintendent of Schools, to join them, which I did after retiring. Now most of us have retired but our group has expanded to include a wider circle of friends. At our book selection meeting 2 years ago, I gave an impassioned pitch for reading Louise Penny – suggesting we begin with Still Life. As I told them, my daughter had introduced the series to me and since then, at least 10 other family members are Penny fans, including both my husband and me. When I facilitated the book discussion, I passed out score sheets for anonymous rating of Still Life. The group score was 4.9 out of 5 (educators are a tough crowd). We are reading our third Penny book this year and would be ecstatic to have a book club kit for A Great Reckoning! We have all agreed to move to Three Pines if the U.S. elections go the wrong way this fall:-)

  156. Sylvie Nguyen

    In my recent retirement from public education, I’ve been asked to host a morning MYSTERY book club for the most impressive local public library. As a long-time fan of Louise Penny books, naturally a Louise Penny book is on my list of this year’s reads. Being the facilitator of the book club has enabled me to share my passion for Louise Penny books.
    Being a winner of a book club kit would make it even easier for me to publicize my love of Louise Penny books!

  157. Lori Gould

    The River Readers bookclub meets in the Village Hall of Marine on St. Croix, MN. Two years ago we read “A Brutal Telling” by Louise Penny, which led each of our members to read from the beginning of the Gamache series. We had a movie night, watching “Still Life” a few weeks ago. Last September I made a trip to the Eastern Townships of Quebec to visit villages that were the inspiration for Louise Penny’s fiction. We are hooked by the characters, the settings, the heartfelt stories and the amazing love and wisdom Louise Penny shares with us through her writings.

  158. nikki bonanni

    This will be a terrific pick for our pre holiday meeting! The Killer Coffee Club meets once a month at B&N in Ithaca…and we even have an endcap that B&N gave me to have our monthly author highlighted! [b]www.killercoffeeclub.com[/b]

  159. Carol Stephenson

    We are a new club that has decided that mysteries will be our main focus. A combination of men and women who love a good book and a good story. Wish us luck as we go through the entire Louise Penny series. We meet only once a month due to the constraints of those who still work. Since I started the club I got the first pick and it was “Still Life”. It was wonderful to travel back down that road to my introduction to Three Pines~

  160. Paige Henson

    Alas! The Lovely Readers Book Club (see our fallow, but tres cool, FB page with logo! ) sustained many of us for several memorable years near the end of my hectic career in advertising. Unfortunately, as life unfolded and lives changed, we lost steam (mostly me) to keep us together. As one of two founders, I felt responsible. Since that time I have recommended my fave books ( mostly Gamaches) to friends and family members. I am retired now and WHAT A JOY it would be to revive The Lovely Readers with this LOVELY re-start kit! Since near the close of our club we desperately needed a better focus for our book selections, the remarkable Inspector Gamache mystery series could be the clue to our renewal!!

  161. Mary Reilly-Kliss

    Our book club began in our local independent book store and then relocated to the local public library when the store closed. We read both fiction and non-fiction, but most importantly we read two of Louise Penny’s books each year, one near the beginning of the cycle and one at the end. The interesting thing is that we are apt to find connections between other books which we read and the truisms found in the Three Pines books–most notably: “I’m sorry. I was wrong. I need help. I don’t know”. I am traveling to Quebec this fall–Knowlton is on the list!

  162. Marie Trichka

    Our church ladies are called “Circle of Life,” and when I told them the summer study was “Still Life,” a novel by Louise Penny, they thought I’d lost my mind. Now they understand and want more. We will begin reading all the books in Sept. We are evolving into a book club of life through Louise’s books. Thx to my favorite author.

  163. Lily

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  164. Tim Moss

    Good deal, count me in!

  165. Diane Stiles

    I found Louise Penny on the NYT bestseller list when looking for a new book to read and saw that it was a series, so bought Still Life and have been hooked — and prostelatizing — ever since. I’ve given Still lIfe to a dozen friends, to get them started atthe beginning. My book club is a Louise Penny Book Club. We read each book when it comes out, meet and discuss the character development, plot points that relate to earlier books in the series… I just came back to NYC from a trip to Knowlton to attend the book launch for A Great Reckoning – it was wonderul to see Louise Penny on her home turf! And I love the new book – they get better and better!

  166. Laurie McKenzie

    What a wonderful opportunity to introduce my book club to Louise Penny’s Three Pines! We have been reading together for many years and I’m sure the group would love Three Pines. I can just picture the discussions that would ensue! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  167. doug miehm

    Can hardly wait. Ordered Great Reckoning in March and got e-mail Monday saying it’s been shipped. The books keeep getting better and better

  168. Kimberlee Majkszak

    As an avid reader ( I belong to three book clubs!) Louise Penny is my favorite author. Everyone should have the privilege of peaking into the world of Three Pines and joining these wonderful character’s as they progress through their lives. I recommend this series to everyone who reads. And I can hardly wait for each new book giving me another opportunity to visit my old friend, Armand. I often read a chapter and have to stop for a few minutes to absorb the beautiful writing. A book club giveaway would give even more opportunity to introduce readers to this charming series.

  169. Kimberlee Majkszak

    As an avid reader ( I belong to three book clubs!) Louise Penny is my favorite author. Everyone should have the privilege of peaking into the world of Three Pines and joining these wonderful character’s as they progress through their lives. I recommend this series to everyone who reads. And I can hardly wait for each new book givin me another opportunity to visit my old friend, Armand. I often read a chapter and have to stop for a few minutes to absorb the beautiful writing. A book club giveaway would give even more opportunity to introduce readers to this charming series.

  170. Buddy Garrett

    Our book club is a group of mystery lovers. It began as a love of Sherlock Holmes and now includes reading and reviewing the latest mysteries.

  171. Donna Lopus

    I’ve been a member of our neighborhood book club for 12 years. The women in our club enjoy many different types of books. We offen pair foods served at the monthly meeting with the book theme. I would love to host the next meeting in my home and serve a meal typical of those enjoyed in the Bristo at Three Pines.

  172. Part Roberts

    love your books. I am keeping up with Gamache and all your wonderful characters. I also like receiving your newsletters and keeping up with the news of Michael and you.

  173. Rebecca Kavanaugh

    After discovering the wonderful Gamache mysteries in Three Pines, I have introduced this adventure to several friends who are in contention with me to see who can get the next book first. I’d like to start a book club with Louise’s captivating stories and also feature some of the mouthwatering culinary delights woven into the narratives. On another note, a number of this group are walking the same path as Louise and Michael. With respect, Louise’s generosity in sharing their experience is inspiring and a welcome support.

  174. Sara McMechan

    I have no book club, but have wanted to start one for years! I think using Louise Penny’s Three Pines series would be a delightful beginning to entice members – I don’t have a friend who’s read the 3P series who wouldn’t love to live there! I attended one of her readings in Denver, and she is as warm and wonderful as her characters – perhaps that’s why they are all so wonderfully three-dimensional! I look forward to reading the newest Gamache installment, and I’d love to win the kit to start the book club I’ve wanted to start!

  175. Sara McMechan

    I have no book club, but have wanted to start one for years! I think using Louise Penny’s Three Pnes series would be a delightful beginning to entice members – I don’t h ave a friend who’s read the 3P series who wuldn’t love to live there! I attende one of her readings in Denver, and she is as warm and and wonderful as her characters – perhaps that’s why they are all so wonderfully three-dimensional! I look forward to reading the newest Gamache installment, and I’d love to win the kit to start the book club I’ve wanted to start!

  176. Helen Bruns

    I live far removed from Three Pines but in my heart it is the home I have dreamed of. Louise Penny’s writing and her book series speaks to me in a way that no author has ever done before and I look forward to starting a book club in my community. I believe that beginning with the Three Pines books will be rewarding and fun as well.

  177. Carol Craig

    We have a group of us who have been together for several years. Many of us are Louise Penny fans.

    I want to live in Three Pines! I am looking forward to savoring this book

  178. JulieA

    My book club read “Still Life” a couple of years ago and loved it. Yesterday I received my copy of “A Great Reckoning” and can’t wait to spend time in Three Pines over the Labor Day weekend! 🙂

  179. Gail Marshall

    I have read all of Louise Penny’s Gamache books and loved every one. My new book club here in Spartanburg, SC, would be overjoyed to get the book club kit! We all love mysteries and look forward to discussing ‘A Great Reckoning’ in October. Thank you for publishing such wonderful books. A devoted fan, Gail

  180. Rickie McCandless

    Our bookgroup has been meeting weekly since 1992. We have never read a book of fiction, as a book group, and I think it’s time we “dip our toes” into fiction. I have read every Louise Penny book and would love our bookgroup to read them, too. The gift of the book club kit might be the “mystery” piece that is missing to get us to do just that.

  181. Jo Ann Bondi

    I have loved Louise Penny’s books since I began the series. It has been my pleasure to introduce many of my bookclub members to her. I would love to add her to our list of books for thisupcoming year. Recently I was in Knowlton and it is as beautiful as she has stated numerous times. It was the highlight of our trip to Canada.

  182. Marilyn S

    Our library book group loves Louise Penny books!! In our small town, we can identify with the village of Three Pines. Our library overlooks the commons park which reminds us of the town square in the books. We are all looking forward to the next installment in the series. Thank you for creating them!

  183. Marty Diffley

    Our book club in Paso Robles CA 93446 has been meeting monthly since 2003. We love all fiction and some non fiction. I attended Louise Penny’s event in Chicago on August 30,1916 and bought a copy of A Great Reconning. My list of friends who follow Louise grows every month. My friend Joan Buhl in Long Beach CA is the one who told me about Inspector Gamache. Thank you Joan.

  184. Jerry Marquardt

    I love the books and everyone in the book club looks forward to reading more. I thank you for giving us all the chance to win the Louise Penny A Great Reckoning Book Club Starter Kit.
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  185. C.

    I belong to a book club of 12 women in the Phoenix AZ area. We read fictions of all kinds. Our first was The Beautiful Mystery. I have proceeded to read all Gamache titles since! This is a great way to have the book club enjoy the latest gem from Louise. Thank you!

  186. Joan Rissler

    I do not belong to a book club curently. I am thinking of trying to get some neighbors to begin a mystery book club and I believe the Gamache titles would be a perfect start.

  187. Cynthia Wetzel

    Knowing about my fascination with curling, a friend suggested that I read “Still Life.” I did and promptly fell in love with Three Pines! I’ve been a fan of Louise Penny ever since and have had the privilege to meet her twice on her book tours. Although not currently a member of a book club, I’ve always wanted to start one and this prize package would be perfect for a kick-off!

  188. Barbara Cloud

    I am a lover of the Penny books starting with the very first one and I have copies of every book in the series. I would love to start a book club where we could discuss all the different books. Hope I win!

  189. Marie Connelly

    Mcholmes
    I first read the Inspector Gamache books as a member of the Murder in the Library book club in Las Vegas, NV. I have since moved to Florida and there are 10 of us in the Pompano Beach Club book club. We read a variety of genres as most clubs do. We are very select when it comes to mysteries. We read Louise Penny and Tana French repeatedly. We find the calibre of their writing to be superb. They draw us in from the first chapter. We would be thrilled to be selected for this prize.

  190. Bridget Foster

    I am a member of the Oakdale Library book club, hosted by the Stanislaus County Library. We are a group of amazing ladies who love mysteries and would cherish a book club kit for A Great Reckoning!

  191. Bridget Foster

    I am a member of the Oakdale Library book club, hosted by the Stanislaus County Library. We are a group of amazing ladies who love mysteries and would cherish a book club kit for A Great Reckoning!

  192. Jane Armstrong

    My book club, the SF Page Turners, has been meeting for over 12 years.
    Although I’ve read 4 of the Gamache novels, I’m pretty sure no one else in our group has read any yet.
    This book club kit would offer a great opportunity to introduce these wonderful characters to our group-especially since there are times when we are truly challanged about what we should read next.
    Thanks

  193. Philip Lawrence

    Sounds like a good start to having a book club.

  194. Joan C. Oliver

    We are a group of women who all belong to a large Bible study group; we wanted a smaller group where we could read and share a large variety of books (not just Christian books.). We like that we can read and discuss in a less structured setting–in fact, we meet in the community room of a regional grocery store.

    For the most part we use books from the library book club kits. We have read one Gamache novel-“The Beautiful Mystery”–which sparked some deep conversations. I personally have read all of them and have [u]just[/u] started “A Great Reckoning” (got it yesterday!). I do love the fact that I can share these books with my teen grandchildren without their being exposed to gratuitous sex!

  195. Nancy Coughlin

    Our group, titled Bookworms, has been together for 20th years and we still have several charter members. I have become the ‘leader’ so to speak and would love to have the opportunity to introduce all of our members to your fantastic series. Please enter us into the running in this marvelous opportunity.

  196. Nancy Coughlin

    Our book discussion group, Bookworms, has been together for 20 years now and we love coming together and discussing our monthly read. There are still several charter members active in the group, and I have now become the ‘leader’ so to speak. I would love to have our group explore your entire series and this is such a wonderful opportunity. I have fallen in love with this series and can barely wait for the newest edition to become available.

  197. Linda Hobbs

    Our bookclub is all retired teachers, mostly English and elementary with one math teacher, me We meet monthly and enjoy many genres. My desire for mysteries is probably attributed to my analytical mnd. I would love to introduce my group to Louise Penny’s “The Great Reckoning.”

  198. Ronald Roseborough

    I’m having Three Pines withdrawl! Enter me in the contest.

  199. Barbara Eveland

    Oh, to be a resident of Three Pines! My sister and I formed a book club recently. We are actively recruiting members and learning as we go. Last night we attended Louise Penny’s book signing in St Louis MO. What a treat. It felt like having a conversation with an old friend in your own living room. Ms Penny is an entertainer and charmer, for sure! I believe the value of a book club guide is something we MUST learn about! What better?! Oh, please, oh please~

  200. Anna Nelson

    I’ve read all the Gamache books and am looking forward to the new release. I just helped to form a new book club and would love to have this be our next book!

  201. Amy Rankin

    Our book and food and wine club is a little different from others. We rarely read the same book as we prefer to select a topic, genre or author. We have been going strong for about 10 years and in that time, we have only read the same book about 3 times. Louise Penny certainly came up as au author read when we read mysteries. I think it is time that we read the same book again and i will be suggesting A Great Reckoning! It would be a pleasue to have this kit to make it even more special.

  202. Reyna Dickensheets

    My book club is a neighborhood group, we have 13 women and 1 man. We started 3 years ago and at that time did not know one another very well. We are now a very close knit group. I have read all of the Three Pines books and am now sharing them with my bookclub friends. This would just be icing on the cake.

  203. Cheryl Christians

    Our book club, The South Austin Bookies, began as a small group of school librarians and teachers. We have grown to about 20 members of all sorts of professions. Many of us are now retired. A large contingent of the group always eagerly await the latest Inspector Armand Gamache mystery. I’m sure that I am not the only one who is well into my reading of A Great Reckoning and loving it. Kudos to Ms. Penny on her latest adventure!

  204. Bonnie Bendell

    My book club is a fun group of women who live in my neighborhood. We all get together at the beginning of September to pick new books for the year. We read a mix of books and range from classics to steamy romance to mysteries. Looking forward to reading your next book. I ready Still Life as the first book of another book book club I used to be in. It started me down the Three Pines Path…and I have never looked back. I would love to introduce my new book club to Three Pines.

  205. Michaeleen Ward

    I am leading a group of 22 people, from around the US, on a Canadian Maritimes’ cruise at the end of Sept., beginning of Oct., and have planned our private tours in each port. The tours in Montreal and Quebec City are based on Inspector Gamache and the food, historical places, stores, museums, etc., and artists mentioned in the books. In Bar Harbor, Maine, we will have a special concert by a young, well-known local fiddler, who will play the haunting tune, “Colm Quigley,” mentioned in The Brutal Telling.
    I have recommended the Louise Penny books to everyone on the cruise, and we will have lively discussions as we sail along, enjoying licorice pipes. Back at home in Maine, I will gather the many friends who I have discovered are avid Louise Penny fans, and will continue these discussions.

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