Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Gamache - Book 11
I think this is one of the best Gamache books. Many favourite characters are back, but there is a renewed focus on Armand Gamache, Jean-Guy and Isabelle Lacoste. Especially on Armand. We are getting to see how he is, or isn't, dealing with retirement from the SQ. I mean, honestly, does anyone really think that Armand will just be able to sit on the porch of his home in Three Pines reading, walking Henri, eating Reine-Marie's wonderful cooking, chatting with the denizens of our favourite Townships village? I'm sure he'd like to think he'd be quite happy doing just that, but I think even he realises that he might be fooling himself.
The mystery is interesting. A BFG - and that's not Big Friendly Giant, my friends - is at the center of case that begins with the death/murder of a young boy known for his huge imagination. I'm glad it wasn't a graphic murder, I have to say. I don't deal well with those at the best of times, but when it's a child... well. I'm glad Penny did things the ways she did. Also interesting was that there is a historical basis for the BFG. Very cool.
But as always, the main reason I adore these books is the characters and they have all grown, changed or shown a little more of themselves in this volume and I have loved it. I really loved the final shot (in the book, that is) of Clara - it was perfect and insightful and made me smile.
So all I have left is the latest book in the series, A Great Reckoning. And I'm saving that for a bit. For a special time.