While you’re waiting for your hold on Louise Penny’s latest title to come in, you could pick up The Hangman for a quick Inspector Gamache “fix”. You may have missed this 87-page book, as it is not shelved with Penny’s other mysteries. It is one of the titles in Good Reads, a series of books by great Canadian authors, which are aimed at adult literacy learners but can frankly be enjoyed by anyone. The sentence structure may be simpler in The Hangman that in the other Gamache mysteries, but all of the other elements of Penny’s stories which her fans enjoy are present : a strong sense of place, a certain atmosphere, the same thoughtful and sympathetic characters, and moments of priceless humour (not to mention an intriguing mystery). If you’ve never read Penny’s novels, The Hangman will give you a good sense of what her writing is like, and it may encourage you to pick up Still Life, the first in the Inspector Gamache series.