The Murder Stone (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #4) by Louise Penny

bookshelves: summer-2015, published-2008, canada, families, series, tick-tock-clocks

Read from August 04 to 06, 2015
Description: It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they’re not alone. The Finney family — rich, cultured, and respectable — has also arrived for a celebration of their own.
The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax.

Opening: More than a century ago the Robber Barons discovered Lac Massawippi. They came with purpose from Montreal, Boston, New York, and burrowing deep into the Canadian wilderness they built the great lodge. Though, of course, they didn’t actually dirty their own hands. What clung to them was something else entirely. No, these men hired men with names like Zoetique, Telesphore and Honore to hack down the massive and ancient forests. At first the Quebecois were resistant, having lived in the forest all their lives.

This is the one with Bean, Spot, a summer storm, myriad flies and Les bourgeois de Calais by Rodin:

I caught the ‘how’ early but the ‘who’ and ‘why’ had me struggling. Great fun!

4* Still Life
CR The Murder Stone

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