Rating – 5/5 stars
Date Finished – September 12, 2017
80/120 in 2017
Publication Date – 2010
#6 in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series
This sixth Chief Inspector Gamache novel is a real coup for the series. I have loved each and every one of these books, but this one brings a new darkness that is really compelling. It’s set in Quebec City in Winter, and each of our favorite characters is recovering – physically and emotionally – from a case gone very wrong. The details are slowly revealed as Gamache works to solve a new case. Jean Guy Beauvoir returns to Three Pines to reexamine the case from the last book – the murder of the Hermit that Olivier was accused of.
This installment is more fragmented than the previous five, and I think it’s done to great effect. The murder in Quebec City is compelling enough that I didn’t want to breeze through those sections, but I also really looked forward to seeing Jean Guy alone in Three Pines, and to learning more about the case that sent everyone reeling.
Louise Penny is a true master. I love her ability to weave so many stories together in shot sections without leaving the reader disoriented. This series is the mystery series I didn’t know I wanted – it’s about the people more than the crimes, it’s just dark enough to remain hopeful, and most importantly, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I can’t recommend Three Pines enough!