Review: The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month Louise Penny
Title:
The Cruelest Month, Inspector Gamache Book 3
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: Minotaur
Publication Date: March 4, 2008
Genre: Fiction | Mystery
Synopsis from Minotaur

Review: The Inspector Gamache Series gets better with each book and I am 100- percent invested in this series and all the charm, dysfunction and mystery Three Pines imparts. Book 3, The Cruelest Month, takes us back to Three Pines at Easter to a ‘cleansing’ of the Hadley House, but the seance goes wrong when one of the troupe dies.

Chief Inspector Gamache and crew return to Three Pines to solve the ‘whodunnit’ mystery with all the flair rendered, after all he is head of Sûreté du Québec. I am smitten with Gamache’s procedure for solving his cases; he is patient, inquisitive and listens to everyone. But moreover I admire his mantra of wisdom he demands of his subordinates: I don’t know, I’m sorry, I was wrong, I need help.

What I liked:

  • I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ralph Cosham and cannot praise his narration enough!
  • Inspector Gamache’s gentle heroism.
  • The delicacies – baguettes and cheese boards.
  • Ruth Zardo – her abrasiveness is part of her charm.

What I didn’t like:

  • The seance was my least favourite part.

Overall:
I cannot recommend this series enough. A modern day version of Agatha Christie in a French-Canadian setting, you will fall in love with Inspector Gamache!

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