Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
This was my first read by Louise Penny. I had always been meaning to try this series and it did not disappoint. It's important to be able to connect to the main character in a series and luckily I found Gamache to be a likeable, intelligent character. I didn't like all of the supporting characters but since I won't be seeing them again, I guess that's okay.
There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end which I like. I hate obvious mysteries.
I also don't think this series needs to go in any particular order. I definitely plan to read another.
my rating 4/5