MYSTERY

A Better Man

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk. 15). Aug. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9781250066213. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466873711. M
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After Kingdom of the Blind, CI Armand Gamache returns to the position where he first began and to the place he has come to call home in order to solve a missing persons–turned–murder case, avert the rising floodwaters of Canada’s St. Lawrence River, and say goodbye to his son-in-law, who is both a dear friend and longtime second-in-command. In their final case together, Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir search for the hidden truths behind what seems to be a cut-and-dried case and screwed-up investigation while battling the demons rising in both the upper echelons of the Sûreté du Québec and in hearts too wrapped up in the how of this murder to figure out the why—until it’s nearly too late.
VERDICT This title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological, character-driven mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 2/25/19.]

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