Louise Penny Read-Alikes

Mystery author Louise Penny is a five-time winner of the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year. Her books feature Inspector Armand Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Quebec, a brilliant detective who follows clues that often lead to the small village of Three Pines and a cast of eccentric characters who live there.

Readers who enjoy the descriptive, intricate plots of Louise Penny novels will also enjoy these mysteries available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

In the Bleak MidwinterIn the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
The newly ordained, first female priest for a small Episcopal congregation faces a chilly reception when she investigates the brutal murder of a young mother.

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
Set in 1933 London, after the body of an Indian woman is found in the brackish water of a canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, asks a detective for help.

Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
The death of a disgraced college lecturer, found murdered on an abandoned railway line, is linked to university activism during the early 1970s.

By Its Cover by Donna Leon
A frantic call from the director of a prestigious library and the murder of a seemingly harmless theologian who spent years reading at the library, sends a Venetian policeman on the search for an elusive American college professor.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
An eleven-year-old aspiring chemist with a passion for poison is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family’s decaying English mansion.

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
A police inspector is sent undercover to investigate a death by accidental drowning and even though nothing on the surface indicates otherwise, he’s not sure it was an accident.

The Old Betrayal by Charles Finch
In 1875, a Member of Parliament is drawn to a mysterious encounter that leads to the murder of a country squire, the first step in a cruel plan many years in the plotting.

Red Bones : A ThrillerRed Bones by Ann Cleeves
A police detective wonders if an archeologist’s discovery of a set of human remains is connected to the fatal shooting of an elderly woman.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
When a girl disappears in rural Mississippi, two former friends are forced to confront a similar tragedy that took place over twenty years ago.

A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet
A vicar, who is a former MI5 agent, investigates an attempted murder when poison is discovered in a fruitcake made and sold by an order of nuns.

Full Dark Horse by Christopher Fowler
When a bombing rips through London and claims the life of an eighty-year-old detective, his former partner becomes convinced the death is tied to the Blitz of WWII and their first case.

The Last Kashmiri RoseThe Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly
Set in 1922, small red roses mysteriously appear on the graves of five military wives who died violently.

The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth J. Duncan
In North Wales, after a bride goes missing on her wedding day and turns up dead, her manicurist notices that something is not quite right at the funeral and sets out to investigate.

A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino
A physicist travels to a once-popular summer resort town and is drawn into the investigation of the death of a former policeman, discovered at the base of a cliff but killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt
When a dog discovers a chewed-off arm of a white male in a small northern Ontario town, everyone assumes the man was a victim of a bear attack.

July 15, 2016