"You aren't expecting a miracle today?" Inspector Gamache asked.
"Always," he said, "and I'm never disappointed."
I will probably listen to this whole series again -- there's so much richness, gentle observation, and philosophy along the way, that I don't think it matters if you know where it's going.
Well, I did wonder where things were headed, but no, I tend to enjoy the trip with these books. There's not so much of car-chase and terror worry.
A couple in which the complicated collegiality of the inspectors is explored. I won't spoil them.
There were two flaws to this one:
1) Somehow, here in the 21st century, nobody seems to know anything about Alcoholics Anonymous. Maybe that is a quirk of being in an obscure part of Canada, but the labored exploration of the organization and whether it works for people, the nonrecognition of the Serenity Prayer, and so forth felt very 1983 to me, which was a bit distracting.
2) It concludes with a gathering of suspects and hangers on at an improbable dinner on a dark and stormy night, at which the inspector reveals his theory of the case and unmaske the killer. No really, it feels just that hokey -- maybe this was a private in-joke between Penny and some of her readers, but it felt much more contrived than most of her writing, which tends to work as a gradual unmasking of what has always been there...
I love this series. Lose Louise Penny writes with grace and creates characters and settings that make you want to live inside her world.
I hate to give one book after another five stars, but this series is just awesome. I have yet to be disappointed. The characters are realistic, complex and interesting, the plot is not predictable at all, and I appreciate an author who isn't afraid of adding a touch of bittersweet reality to counter balance big drama. And Cosham is the perfect - absolutely perfect - voice for Gamache. This man could read a phone book and keep me riveted.
Best of the Three Pines series. Best story with beautiful ending prose. Have listened to entire series several times.