The Cruelest Month

cruelestThe Cruelest Month
by Louise Penny
2008 / 320 pages
Read by Ralph Cosham – 11h 46m
Rating:   B+

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Three Pines in the Province of Quebec,  is called on to investigate death of a woman who was “scared to death” by a seance at a local haunted house.  The seance is conducted by a visiting Wiccan and folks attend to overcome their fears.  Unfortunately,  not all managed  because Madeleine is dead.

While investigating this crime it would seem that Gamache has to visit his own “ghosts of investigations past”  where his behavior has not been forgotten by others on the force – he has people who wish him ill.

Penny’s books are full of literary allusions – to Shakespeare in this case, as well as to the Bible,  but others.   It gives Penny her own niche,   a certain difference from Hercule Poirot.

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