Published: January 20, 2009
It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they’re not alone. The Finney family — rich, cultured, and respectable — has also arrived for a celebration of their own.
The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax.
Another great installment of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series and again I had the audio version, thankfully, because there was a lot more French used in this story line.
We find out the back story of Peter Morrow, a beloved villager that makes his home in Three Pines and we can see why he is the way he is. His parents and siblings have to be the most dysfunctional people I have ever come across. We also learn more about the Chief Inspector and his father, who was reportedly a coward in the war (not true) but it shows the hurts that comes when people judge you and yours without knowing the whole story.
There is a strange child named Bean in the story and we never find out if “it” is a boy or a girl, I thought that strange, but it doesn’t affect the story one way or the other.
There is a murder of one the Morrow Family Reunion members and the who and how are a complete surprise.
I love this series and it makes a very pleasant read or listen when the real world and it’s problems seem too dark.