Another fantastic installment in the Armand Gamache series. With each book, Penny continues to build upon these complicated characters from Three Pines. Clara, the scattered artist who is beginning to doubt her husband of over 20 years. Peter, the husband who can’t be happy for his more successful wife. Ruth, the poet who curses and drinks her way through the day but still waits on a bench for her pet duck to come home for spring. Olivier and Gabri, the couple trying to get back to normal after the turmoils of the last two books. Myrna, the best friend everyone wants (she really does need to be a main character in a future installment.)
Plus the Surete officers. Jean Guy, who faces some hard facts about his life now that he is recovering from his injuries. Lacoste, finally taking on more responsibilities in the department. And, of course, Gamache, their fearless leader. Well, fearless other than heights.