First off, if you havent read Louise Penny, stop what you doing and go get the first four novels in this series (Still Life, A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month and A Rule Against Murder) and prepare to lose a full weekend to the charms and crimes of the little Quebec village of Three Pines. I want to move to Three Pines and live in a little cottage and go to the bistro and the bookshop. This is the twelfth book in the series, each one just gets better and better. Penny has an amazingly compassionate writing style. She is able to describe the psychology of her characters like no one else. She tackles jealousy, ambition, hate, creativity, addiction, love and even, sometimes, the psychology of puppies. Her descriptions of how people think are truly remarkable. Her writing is so beautiful that she's made me cry more than once. Get on the Gamache series tout suite!
" When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the S?uret?e du Qu?ebec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the S?uret?e academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A prot?eg?ee of the murdered professor. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning. #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls backthe layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel. "--