On the August 26th broadcast of CBC radio’s the Sunday Edition there was an interview with international bestselling crime author (and fellow Canadian) Louise Penny. In it the author talks about her new Chief Inspector Gamache novel, The Beautiful Mystery. I haven’t read it yet but I definitely will. It’s set in an isolated monastery in which all of the monk inhabitants have taken a vow of silence (excluding Gregorian chanting of course) – quite a challenge for a murder investigation!
The interview was a part of the Sunday Edition’s ongoing beach reads series – books of all kinds by Canadian writers that are good bets for an enjoyable summer read. At the end of the interview it was mentioned that Louise Penny’s first Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Still Life, is going to be made into a tv movie. Check out the press release details here on Louise’s blog. Here’s hoping that the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) does as fine a job with it as the BBC or ITV might.
Interesting Note: The interviewer asked Louise Penny what she’s reading this summer. She recommended non-fiction crime novel The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. The novel, by Kate Summerscale, is about one of the first great Scotland Yard detectives and the 1860 murder case that ruined his career. ITV made a series based on the novel. I’ve neither read the book nor seen the series but an endorsement from Ms. Penny is enough to encourage me to give both a try.
Interesting Note 2: This evening I’m actually going to go hear Louise Penny give a reading from A Beautiful Mystery.
Interesting Note 3: For more interviews, info, links, etc. featuring Canadian and international authors check out The Next Chapter – a CBC Radio program hosted by the very charming Shelagh Rogers.