"Rule: never perform card tricks for people you play poker with." Proverb
Jul 12, 2010
Armand Gamache and his wife arrive at Manoir Bellechasse, for their thrity-fifth wedding anniversary.
They are the ideal guests, not complaining and happy with the room they are given. They are happy to see their old acquaintance, the innkeeper, Clementine Dubois, at the reception desk.
Clementine tells them that the Finneys have taken the other five rooms for a reunion, all coming in their expensive cars and asking for free upgrades.
The highlight of the Finneys vacation is the unveiling of the statue of Mrs. Finneys first husband, Charles Morrow.
The reader learns some of the family antagonisms which come to a point when the statue of Morrow is overturned and beneath it is the body of one of the Finneys.
As the family is interviewed, we become more aware of the petty jealousies and dislikes the family had for each other.
The author knows her psychology and must have an excellent knowledge for family intrigue with the way she describes the Finneys.
The novel is well done and enjoyable. The characters are memorable and the setting is described so well, it is as if the reader was sitting on the porch of the inn watching the action take place. I kept trying to guess who the killer might be, only to be surprised.