A death takes place in the small village of Three Pines in the Canadian countryside.
The death could have been a hunting accident but murder is suspected.
The man in charge of investigating is Chief Inspector Gamache.
Gamache reminded me of Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie), because he is older, a little old-fashioned and a little quirky/eccentric. People admire Gamache and he’s well known for solving difficult cases.
Gamache is joined in Three Pines by his loyal assistant, Beauvoir, and a new recruit, Yvette Nichol. Yvette is complicated and headstrong, yet keen to impress the Inspector. She will bring an extra layer of intrigue to the case.
Gamache and his team set up their base in Three Pines. We get to know the small, close-knit group of residents. They all knew the victim, Jane Neal. Jane was well-liked and popular and she grew up in Three Pines. Some of the residents are new and some of them were born there. We will get to know each of them and their strengths, kindnesses, lies and secrets, as Gamache and his team unravel what is really going on in the small village.
This is a slow-paced, really well written book. There are lots of details and humorous moments. The birds-eye view of Three Pines and the history and secrets that lie behind the lives of a bunch of seemingly ordinary people, are as important, and enjoyable, as the mystery itself.
A great discovery and I look forward to reading more in this series. 5 stars.
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