By the time weekend started I had finished the book Glass Houses by Louise Penny. (Of course I took more than few days to finish the book) This is the first book I have read in this series but I was glad I didn’t miss not reading the others. It’s perfectly good as a stand alone.
I must say it took some time to get started, the first two chapters didn’t hook me straight away especially for a murder mystery. But by the time the main attraction of the story was introduced I was immersed in the story and the characters.
Now what was the main attraction you may ask. The synopsis of the book had me intrigued when it mentioned a “someone” or a “something” that stood in one place without moving for 3 days. This something is called the Cobrador (Del Frac). This cobrador, once it makes it’s appearance the book is unputdownable. This is one of those murder mysteries that keeps you turning the page for more.
The protagonist Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache, Surete De Quebec comes across as a genuinely likeable character. It didn’t feel like I was lost while reading the book because it was the first time I read this series. It was a smooth ride from start to finish complete with suspense and never felt like the author was trying to drag the story for the purpose of stretching it. Everything felt in place.
The plot basically revolves around five group of friends, one deceased and that characters sibling. But of course the larger picture is something else entirely and it’s here that Gamache finds himself in the midst of. The Cobrador just adds to the mystery even more. Some of the supporting characters didn’t interest me but they weren’t unnecessary either. The world of Three Pines felt absolutely surreal.
Over all it’s a fun ride that you would enjoy and especially if you are a first time reader of this series, you won’t be disappointed and fans of the series will be delighted to read another gem from the author.
A special mention also goes to fans of Agatha Christie, cause I get similar vibes from this book, no idea about others in the series but this one made me little bit nostalgic about her books. So definitely recommended for fans of Christie.
Bibliogyan rating – two 👍