A lovely, yet harsher return to Three Pines.
Having truly enjoyed the first in the series, I wanted to read Penny's sophomore novel to gauge my continued interest in the characters. They did not disappoint.
Penny's creation of CC, the closest to a villain this town has seen, was the motor behind this book. CC's motivations, and her treatment of those around her is quite a character study. Gamache isn't afraid to delve into the ugly parts of people's psyches, and has quite a case after CC is found murdered. The suspect list is quite populated with folks young and old; Gamache has to get to work.
I am a fan of Penny's ability to create such multi-faceted characters, good or evil. I look forward to returning to the town of Three Pines.