Yes, I finally managed to drag myself away from the Beast Lord and finish this book.
And although Inspector Gamache probably can't transform himself into a big scary lion, he's probably still a good person to have your side if you're trying to figure out who murdered a well-loved elderly woman.
Of course there are comparisons to be drawn with Agatha Christie. Idyllic setting, red herrings galore, plenty of shady characters all with opportunity and motives, and an intelligent, perceptive detective who sees more than he lets on. Fantastic! I will definitely be checking out the other books in the series.