A RULE AGAINST MURDER
What a delight to have Inspector Gamache back on the scene. Penny does a superb job of gradually leading readers into the story. She sets the scene and introduces all the characters and their points of view before the murder happens. By that time, readers are fully invested in what's happening. There's so much more going on here than who murdered who. If you haven't read the preceding books, some terrific stories await!
While the Finneys are cultured and sophisticated on the outside, resentments rise as old secrets bubble to the surface. The result is murder. Now Gamache's quiet retreat turns into an investigation that proves that even in the most remote of locations, you can run but you can't hide. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Jan., 320 pp., $24.95)