Author: Louise Penny
Published Date: 2007
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, 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 in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
This is the first book in the Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny. I love this series! Every time I pick up a book in this series, it feels like coming home. First, you have the quaint little village of Three Pines. Then, you have a quirky cast of characters that you grow to love, throw in an intriguing mystery in every book, and I’m hooked. The caveat though, is that you will not love the first book – you may even have trouble sludging your way through it, but don’t give up! Most people say the series hits it’s stride around book 3 or 4. Personally, I was hooked by book 2, and promptly read books 3 and 4 in quick succession. The plots get more complex, the author goes deeper with the characters, and she raises the bar every time. There are 12 books in all, with a new one coming out on August 29th.