This book is as good as the previous in the series, but in my opinion, a bit darker. Gamache and Beauvior have some personal issues to resolve. But Clara has her moment to shine in the art world, or she would if a dead body didn’t show up.
A long-time friend turned evil art critic that everyone hates appeared and died during Clara’s vernissage. Lots of suspects, naturally. Gamache and crew investigate in their calm and relentless manner to uncover the killer.
The one part I felt lacking was the conclusion. It was done too much in the style of Agatha Christie. I’m sure it was an homage, but felt more of a domage. It was just a bit too much.
The characters are as rich as ever, there is plenty going on to keep the reader involved. Overall, it is a very good book.