How a Canadian mystery writer found the clues to success

The crime novelist Louise Penny at home in Knowlton, Quebec, Canada, May 17, 2018. A best-selling author, Penny makes bad things happen in placid Canadian territory. “I am a killing machine but a happy one,” she said. “I get all my resentments out in my books.” (Renaud Philippe/The New York Times)

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium, and garnered author Louise Penny legions of messianic fans.

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