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.