Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series) by Louise Penny
The Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny is one of my favorite mystery series, and this is one of the best books in the series.
The book is set in Three Pines, the small village in Quebec that is the setting for most of this series of novels. A mysterious figure wearing black robes and a black mask has appeared on the village green. The figure does not do or say anything – he or she simply stands on the green. After a couple of days of this, the villagers are all on edge. Chief Inspector Gamache approaches the figure and tries to engage in conversation, but the figure refuses to say anything. As simply standing on a village green is not a crime, there is nothing Gamache can do. A visitor to the village tells Gamache that he thinks the figure is a cobrador, a Spanish type of debt collector that shames people into paying their debts. Gamache learns that these debts may not be only monetary – they may also be moral. Cobrador once meant “conscience”. After a few days, the upset villagers storm the green and violence starts to erupt – but Gamache manages to calm them down temporarily. Then the figure vanishes – and a body is found in the basement of the local church.
The writing and use of language are wonderful in this book (as they are in all of the books in this series) and the mystery is compelling.
I loved this book.
Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series) by Louise Penny, Minotaur Books, August 2017, 376 pages.
Full disclosure – library book