Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Kindle, 462 pages

Published: July 29, 2001 by Putnam

Setting: Australia

Recommended By: Mario Brown

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Things get out of hand at a school fundraiser. Drama has been brewing among this group of parents for months. They’ve had to much to drink. The situation spirals out of control, and someone ends up dead. This is where this story begins and ends. And in between, we see the events leading up to this debacle.

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Bachelorette (2012)

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Three irresponsible and emotionally unstable bridesmaids reunite for the wedding of their high school friend Becky (Rebel Wilson). Becky, who happens to be overweight, was dubbed “pig face” in high school. Her three so-called friends haven’t outgrown making jokes at her expense. It is in that spirit that they pull a prank that leads to inadvertently tearing Becky’s wedding gown. The rest of the night is a combination of a drinking- and drug-fest and a mad scramble to repair the dress in time for the wedding the next morning.

This movie has been hailed as an entertaining comedy and an interesting character study, but I didn’t see it.

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The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

Kindle Edition, 373 pages

Published: August 28, 2012 by Minotaur Books (1st published January 1, 2012)

Setting: Québec

Literary Awards: Anthony Award for Best Novel (2013), Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Audie Award Nominee

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second in command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, are the first outsiders admitted to the secluded monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, ensconced in the Québec wilderness. Although they live by a vow of silence, the two dozen monks have built their lives around sacred music, singing ancient, beautiful Gregorian chants. Their music connects them to God, brings them profound peace, and has brought them worldly fame.

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A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #7

Kindle Edition, 339 pages

Published: Minotaur, 2011 (1st published January 1, 2011)

Setting: Québec

Literary Awards: Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel (2012), Anthony Award for Best Novel (2012), Dilys Award Nominee (2012), Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011)

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After spending years in the shadow of her more successful husband, Peter, who is also a prolific painter, artist Clara Morrow has finally achieved the moment in the spotlight she has dreamed about all her life.

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World War Z (2013) (Mild Spoilers)

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Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof, very loosely based on: World War Z by Max Brooks

Directed by: Marc Forster

My son’s favorite hobbies are video gaming and preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. That inspired us to see this movie together.

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Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

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 Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6

Kindle Edition, 401 pages

Published: August 2, 2011 by Minotaur Books (1st published January 1, 2010)

Setting: Québec City, Québec

Awards: Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011), Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel (2011), Anthony Award for Best Novel (2011), Dilys Award (2011), Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel (2011), Agatha Award for Best Novel (2010), Nero Award (2011), Goodreads Choice Nominee for Mystery and Thriller (2010)

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is spending time with his old mentor and friend Émile Comeau in Québec City during Winter Carnival, and the frigid, breathtakingly beautiful city is full of revelers. However Gamache has come seeking solitude and time to heal after an investigation that went tragically wrong.

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The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

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Kindle Edition, 460 pages

Published: Minotaur Books, 2009 (1st published September 22, 2009)

Setting: Québec

Awards: Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel (2010), Anthony Award for Best Novel (2010), Dilys Award Nominee (2010), Agatha Award for Best Novel (2009)

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As this story opens, Olivier — owner of the local bistro in Three Pines, Quebec — sits in a secluded forest cabin with “The Hermit.”  A tale is being spun by the fireside: a story of terror, chaos, and death. The next day, the body of a stranger is found in Olivier’s bistro. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team find themselves back in Three Pines, surrounded by familiar faces, unraveling a web of secrets and deceit.

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