The surprising death of a local spinster brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his officers to the small Canadian village of Three Pines.
This is the author's first novel and I'm really looking forward to reading the second one. Gamache reminds me a little of Maigret and I enjoyed the Three Pines village setting, the writing, and the characters.
Set in a charming English-speaking village in Quebec. Characters are well drawn. Most are likeable. Of course, some are not. -- And they are well developed in their not-likeable-ness. In the next books in the series we learn that some characters are not who/what they seem. This book won award(s). I bought it because one of my favorite booksellers recommended it, and I liked the author. Mood and setting are lovely. This book was good enough that I read the next in the series. (Warning: for the 2nd book, and for the upcoming [Fall 2008] 4th book, U.S. title is different from Canadian title.) I liked the 2nd and 3rd books more than the first.
Good cozy with rich atmosphere, well-developed characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development was excellent, and the ending totally caught me by surprise. I'll definitely read all of Penny's other books.
Following other good reviews I read this book. Unfortunately, much of the plot line at the end is marred by lack of knowledge on the part of the author. WIthout spoilers, she makes many incorrect or outlandish statements to fit her desired ending. Taking time, researching what you're writing about is the least that a good author can do.
It really is a shame because her character development for Inspector Gamache is great. The inspector is a character that as a reader you want to follow.
Oh, what a great book! I FELL right into it.
I am always happy to find an ongoing series. The murder is only the beginning of a series of events, which literally chill us, and cause us to think deeply.
The other plot of Gamache's "downfall" is also explored, and woven expertly into the murder investigation. Great characters, both the local residents and the murder investigation team. Great settings. My only quibble would be - the food descriptions make me want to go right to Three pines and settle in and eat and eat and eat.
Best book I've read all year!