HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
Penny’s Quebec-set Inspector Gamache novels concentrate on psychological underpinnings of the crimes and are among the strongest and most fascinating books being written. Each mystery has an overarching story about the honorable inspector defying danger and suspicious colleagues. There are elements of magical realism, yet there is always an explanation the reader can opt for that is more mundane. This is a wonderful book.
A friend of Myrna Landers, a Three Pines bookstore owner, disappears. The missing woman had hidden her identity as one of a set of world-famous quintuplets for years. When she is murdered, Gamache must find out if her death concerns her present or her past. Meanwhile, at work, his department has been broken up and all but one of his trusted force are scattered through other divisions. There seems to be no hope — not even his retirement will satisfy his enemies. Perhaps they will only feel safe if he dies. (MINOTAUR, Sep., 416 pp., $25.99)