Finished it!

The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny

'"This is a little something I wrote last night while watching the hockey game," said Odile. Nods greeted this insight into the creative process, this natural affinity between poetry and the playoffs.'

 

Hey, during the off-season, I'll get my hockey fix wherever I can.

 

Three Pines is definitely turning out to be the Canadian version of Midsomer or Cabot Cove, but in this installment, the murder mystery definitely takes a backseat as we find out more about the machinations of the Sûreté du Québec, and who's behind the smear campaign aimed at bringing down Gamache.

 

And to be honest, I was happy about that. I thought the whole whodunit thing was a bit far-fetched, especially with the Poirot-style 'let's bring all the suspects together in the spooky house so that I can denounce him/her'. 

 

But it's the people who live in Three Pines who make the series interesting. Although the fact that every single one of them is rather larger than life does become a bit grating at times. Living in close proximity to them would do my head in.