Booklist '…a compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale.' Miami Herald 'Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency.
Sometimes the stakes are personal…Sometimes the threat is to the village…This time Penny manages to create a threat that could truly be worldwide, and to place its future in the hands of our friends in Three Pines.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. But he's drawn back to the hunt after Laurent Lepage, a nine-year-old boy with a penchant for crying wolf, is found dead under circumstances that Gamache finds suspicious….
But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.Attention, fans who have been waiting for poet Ruth Zardo's backstory: Here's at least part of your wish granted.' People Magazine 'In this, the 11th title in the series, Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit.' Irish Times "…Louise Penny has crafted an immensely rich and satisfying traditional mystery world, tipping the hat to Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey and PD James, but with her own distinctive recipe: complex characters far removed from village stereotypes, ingenious plots, and a captivating lead detective in Gamache." Wall Street Journal '….atmospheric and deeply humane…' Richmond Times-Dispatch '….a gripping plot, rich characterizations, arresting prose and thought-provoking questions of mercy, malice and the contradictions of the human race.' In Style Magazine "The next book in Louise Penny's much-loved Chief Inspector Gamache series does not disappoint.Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines..'Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'The bucolic Quebec village of Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny's stellar 11th Armand Gamache novel….But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. Gamache has settled in the small community after retiring from the Sûreté, where he worked as a homicide detective.