Louise Penny, hands down, Louise Penny. She writes the Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pine series about a small hamlet somewhere in Canada outside of Toronto and the police inspector who comes to solve a murder there.
Still Life introduces the characters of Three Pines and the police unit that come when a local woman is murdered. Painters, poet, police, bookstore owner, innkeepers, and other local citizens are beautifully portrayed and the village of Three Pines itself is that little enchanted place that you always hope to find when you travel off the main roads, the place that you could see yourself living in.
The Brutal Telling is to date my favorite of the series.
"But there was no hiding from Conscience.
Not in new homes and new cars. In travel. In meditation or frantic activity. In children, in good works, On tiptoes or bended knee, In a big career. Or a small cabin.
It would find you. The past always did.
Which was why, Gamache knew, it was vital to be aware of actions in the present. Because the present became the past, and the past grew. And got up, and followed you.
And found you." The Brutal Telling
Penny has said that all her books are about love- and they are. Love is all its myriad forms, in all the good and evil ways we experience it. Love, life, and the past that got up and followed you. And found you.