The next in the story of Inspector Armand Gamache of the Canadian Surete. His experienced team of homicide detectives has been scattered by a corrupt Chief Superintentant, except for his second in charge, Inspector Isabelle Lacoste. Gamache is without his lovely wife Reine-Marie, a feature of earlier novels, as she is visiting their family in Paris but Lacoste and his surrogate family in the village of Three Pines ably support him as he deals with more trouble in his beloved Canada. Gamache, the wise and honest man with the kind brown eyes deals with a disturbing death, a terrorist plot and the drug addiction of his former son-in-law. This is well up to standard and a page-turning read. I am so glad I found Louise Penny, her books are consummate crime novels revealing truths about human behaviour and showing great compassion for human frailty.