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Ways of Seeing by Ruth Farmer: Fictional detective offers real lessons

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Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Ruth Farmer



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In the past few months, I have been on binge, reading Louise Penny’s Armande Gamache novels. Gamache is a high-ranking officer in the Sûreté in Quebec. The central setting of the novels is a village called Three Pines. Penny has created in Gamache a man who happens to be in law enforcement. So many detective novels feature detectives who happen to be men or women. It is the job that is important, not life, not being human.

As a reader, I often find many truths in fiction. I found myself gravitating toward Gamache’s often-repeated paths to wisdom:

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