Synopses & Reviews
Three Pines is a village just above the U.S. border where everybody knows everything about each other until now.
Everybody in Three Pines is shocked when their favorite local bistro becomes the scene of a devastating crime. A stranger's corpse has turned up there, and Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate. But no one can believe it when Olivier, the owner of the bistro, becomes a suspect: Why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him? And what other secrets and lies are buried beneath the surface.
Chaos is coming, old son.
With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.
No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?
As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures-- from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word WOE woven in it--lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.