17 April 2013

How the Light Gets In; Louise Penny

How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A satisfying return to Three Pines following the "vacation" in The Beautiful Mystery.

Gamache is at the end of his career: his department has been destroyed, Jean-Guy is hopelessly in Francour's thrall and addicted to the drugs he's being handed, and he's convinced someone is following/bugging him. His friend, Jerome Brunel (husband of Superintendent Therese Brunel) does some hacking, and discovers that there's something very, very scary going on. Intertwined with this is the investigation into the murder of Constance Pineault, one of the infamous Ouellet Quints. Luckily for Gamache, Constance was friendly with Myrna, owner of the Three Pines librarie, so he has an excuse to return to this town that captures his heart and mind.

The two stories are well told, even though I guessed the answer to the second early. Armand and Jean-Guy's relationship is one of the great ones, and the pain both feel after the events of the last book is so real. More interesting is the return of Yvette Nichol, the socially inept problem child that Gamache has tried to mentor and somewhat failed with over the years.

The ending seems like a natural close to the series, but I can see ways in which we can continue to visit these people and this village.

ARC provided by publisher.

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