CHARGE: To discover who would murder one of the nicest women in Three Pines.
FACTS: Madeline Favreau is a favorite in Three Pines When she dies mysteriously during a seance at the Hadley mansion. Chief Inspector Gamache is sent back to Three Pines. During the cruelest month of April, Inspector Gamache faces overturned chairs, salt, a dead bird, various suspects, and many questions. The story lags a bit when a lingering back story involving Gamache’s past threatens to overtake the true plot. Some prior characters reoccur and one starving artist may be a big break.
VERDICT: Guilty, as charged, but becomes rather bogged down.