A Great Reckoning
By Louise Penny
Review by Kathy Caputo (our Book Your Summer grand prize winner!)
This book is the twelfth in a series of mystery novels by a Canadian author in which the protagonist is the wise and gentle Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of a Canadian Police Agency. He is known for his intelligence, his kindness and for his ability to see the goodness in flawed characters, often having his associates question his judgment.
The main setting is a tiny idyllic fictional village near Montreal in which several of the local residents are regular characters in the series. Characters include a gifted artist, a retired psychologist turned book store proprietor, an eccentric aging poet and a gay couple who operate a bed and breakfast inn and a cozy bistro that functions like a community center. Descriptions of rich French food served in the bistro add to the warm and inviting atmosphere of the community, especially when there is snow pelting the windows. Part of the story takes place at the police academy and elsewhere. Continue reading