Read my full review @ http://bit.ly/UISmu1My opinion: Definitely not my favorite in the series. I found the characters a tad less approachable than I normally find them and less humor than normally displayed in this series, but still very readable and definitely a critical piece in the series and of the main characters' developments. On that note, it still has the same high standard quality of writing that Penny regularly displays. Her main hero, Inspector Gamache, is such an approachable character. He reminds me Agatha Christie's Poirot, a lovable 50+ Inspector, who solves crimes in quaint towns that have the feeling of English village.