And Louise Penny hits it out of the park once again. I cannot tell you how much I adore her characters and her stories and her insight into the human mind and all the messy emotions that roil within.
Yes, there's a murder mystery in the story, but Gamache stories are SO SO much more than just a murder mystery. It's the motives, the whys, the reasons that people do what they do, are who they are and the choices that we all make.
When I finish one of Louise Penny's books, I always feel so inadequate when writing up my thoughts. All I can say aside from professing my love for the characters old and new, the familiar locations in which the stories are set, the puzzlement of the mystery and how it manages to affect the denizens of Three Pines, and the easy yet deep way the books are written is that I wish there were a ton more to read. This is the 12th book in and I haven't felt once that I was reading a retread of what had come before. Armand et all always have something to teach me. Some surprise, some twist, some truth I hadn't seen.
I think I spent the last 20 or so pages of the book wiping tears away. Rip my heart out, Louise! Rip it right out! *LOL*
I am sad because I have no Gamache books left to read. I'd been hoarding this last one for the longest time. The next one, #13, comes out at the end of August but I find the $16 price tag a bit rich for my budget right now. But as SOON as I can, I'll be adding it to the library, anxious to read of what's next in the lives of my favourite members of the Sureté du Quebec.