The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Review by Mary Alice Gorman
Hardcover August 2015

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Inspector Armand Ganache may be retired to Three Pines but that doesn't mean his career as a detective is over.

The cozy confines of Canada are rocked again when the crafty Louise Penny visits some contemporary fears upon the bucolic village of Three Pines, home of the retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec in The Nature of the Beast. The death of a nine year old boy who constantly cries wolf engages Gamache in some local and national history. Don't trust the benign nature of the village characters and you will explore the layers of plot and psychological depths this crafty writer plumbs. Each book in the 11 book series is better than the last and there is a treat for readers who long for the Classic British Mystery with the Penny books.