Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife arrive at Manoir Bellechasse for their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary.
They are ideal guests, undemanding and polite to all. 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 arriving in their expensive cars and asking for free upgrades.
The highlight of the family's vacation is the unveling of the statue of Mrs. Finneys' former husband, Charles Morrow.
We learn some of the family antagonisms which come to a point when the statue is overturned and beneath the statue is one of the Finneys.
As the family is interviewed, the reader observes more petty jealousies and dislikes that the family had for each other.
The author has a good sense of psychology and does a fine job describing the Finneys.
This is a well done mystery. I admire the author's character descriptions and vivid settings. I kept trying to guess who the killer might be, only to be surprised.
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