In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.
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I enjoyed this book immensely, as I enjoy all Louise Penny's books. The characters are so real I feel I know them personally! She creates an atmosphere into which you disappear completely!
this is one of a series of books set in Canada about the police there. I have read or listened to all the books in the series and can recommend them all . the writing pulls you in from the first page and I feel such an affinity for the characters . I have to remind myself that these aren't real people . the stories are always original and ive learnt so much about Canada along the way . the information is always relevant to the story , not shoehorned in . louise penny as a n author has matured vastly overthis series . what started off in her first books as good interesting writing has grown into real heft .
gamache , the lead character is my favourite character . he is so strong and so well rounded . he feels like a real person and throughout the books we learn what makes him tick both at work and with his friends and family . a very memorable character
adam sims has done an excellent job conveying the flavour and tempo of this book . he is very easy to listen to and his slight nuances and change of reading pace makes it easy to identify all the characters. sterling work
yes . luckily it was too long and dense so I made it last a bit longer ! . it was a tense listen at times because the story was so emotional and there were quite a few "just five more minutes" listening
I can highly recommend this author (and reader) I would suggest new readers start at the beginning and work through the series . they will be well rewarded .
"Disjointed and boring"
From the start I found distinguishing between the numerous characters very difficult. It was some pages before I even realised the setting was Canada and not France! Apart from the murder towards the beginning of the novel, nothing happened of any interest whatsoever for a long time.
The book was not really a murder mystery but a look into the various characteristics of the many characters.
There was nothing marvelous nor gripping about this book.
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