Inspector Armand Gamache, the dependable head of the Sûreté du Québec, is in court. His testimony is measured and succinct but the newly appointed Judge, Maureen Corriveau, is troubled by the attitude of the Chief Crown Prosecutor. Instead of guiding the policeman’s answers to help convict the defendant, he belittles his primary witness. Obviously, there is more to this homicide than meets the eye.
Alternating between the court room and the days leading up to the murder case. The story begins in the sleepy little village of Three Pines where a festive Halloween Party starts the clock on a bizarre and ominous chain of events, which threaten to topple Chief Superintendent’s Gamache’s precarious investigation. If Armand fails, he will not only ruin his own career but he will be taking down the entire department. This murder is the least of his worries, he has put everything on the line to put a stop to a monstrous crime and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Gamache is a role model to his team. By showing them trust, he asks no less from them and they are all in. This is a worrying burden for Armand because he cannot allow himself to betray his own doubts. He finds himself walking a very fine line between integrity and the law.
This is the thirteenth book in the Chef Inspector Gamache series and one of the most riveting. Gamache’s son-in-law and second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, Inspector Isabelle Lacoste and the eccentric residents of Three Pines return like old friends. One of my favorite authors, Louise Penny, has once again immersed me into the Canadian woods for a captivating mystery.
To be released August 29, 2017