This is the sixth Chief Inspector Gamache novel, of which there are now ten. There are several plots unfolding in this one. Gamache is staying in Quebec City with his long time friend and mentor as he recovers physically and mentally from a hostage rescue mission gone wrong that resulted in the deaths of four of his team and the wounding of several others. We learn about this in flashbacks occurring throughout the book. Secondly, Gamache has sent his colleague Jean Guy Beauvoir back to the village of Three Pines to re-investigate his last case on the fear that the wrong man has been convicted of murder. And last, a murder occurs while Gamache is in Quebec City. An amateur historian obsessed with finding the remains of Samuel de Champlain is found murdered in the basement of the English language Literary and Historical Society and the local police ask for his help. The “Lit and His” really exists and you may visit it or take a tour on your next trip to Quebec City. This volume was the winner of several mystery awards. I listened to the audio book which included an author interview.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh
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