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Mystery Book Club: "Kingdom of the Blind" by Louise Penny
Parlor, January 28, 2020

Tuesday, 6:30PM
 
Admission for this event is free. Open to the public.
Sponsored by the SCNY Program Committee.
 
Discussion led by SCNY Mystery Book Club founder Gloria Sampson Knight. This month's meeting will be held in the Dining Room and participants can avail themselves of Salmagundi's Dinner Menu. Email BWeisberg@salmagundi.org with any questions.
 
Please join us.  To miss this would be a CRIME.
 
About the Book:
“Kingdom of the Blind” is yet another outstanding Gamache adventure. In her by-now-characteristic fashion, Penny simultaneously unspools several suspense narratives, each of them accruing power and threat, faster and faster, until the novel closes in a crescendo of violence, unmasking and regret. 
 
The eerie opening scene riffs on the classic “dark and stormy night” formula: Penny conjures up a dark and snowy morning when the air is thick with menace. Gamache has just parked outside an old farmhouse in a locale even more isolated than his beloved village of Three Pines. Crooked, rotting and evidently abandoned, the farmhouse also seems to be waiting for him. Gamache notices that “one of the upper windows was boarded up, so that it looked like the place was winking at him.” It was, he comments, “as though it knew something he did not.” And, as if the atmosphere alone weren’t macabre enough, the reason Gamache is freezing the pompoms off his French Canadian tuque in an approaching blizzard is because he’s been summoned there via letter by a solicitor he knows to be dead.
Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
 

About the Author:
Louise Penny CM (born 1958) is a Canadian author of mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec centred on the work of francophone Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Penny's first career was as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
 
About the SCNY Mystery Book Club:
Since 2013 the SCNY Book Club has met monthly with the exception of June and July. The books discussed are primarily mystery novels. Some memorable authors explored have included Agatha Christie, Lee Child, Louise Penny and Ruth Rendell.
 
 
Books are selected based on geographic or historical interest, such as works by author Donna Leon whose crime novels are set in Venice, Italy and Peter Tremayne, Celtic scholar and historian whose focus is Seventh Century Ireland. We have had new authors discuss their writings including Paul Paradise, who writes about murder, trademark counterfeiting, and product piracy and Radha Vatsal, award winning mystery writer whose books center around a young female reporter in New York City during the 1910’s.
 
All books selected are readily accessible through the public library, and when not, can be purchased for a nominal fee. This is in alliance with the SCNY 50l (c) (3) Not for Profit organization status, as providing free arts programs for the general public.
 

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