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Sep 17, 2021gloryb rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book which provides discussion groups with a great topic - how right is it to end someone's life who is a burden on the family? Penny uses the recent news about the abandoned sick and dying seniors in Quebec's nursing homes during the CV pandemic as a jumping off spot for her plot about euthansia for the elderly, the sick, and disabled and how such an idea could divide or unite people who are either opposed or supportive of such an idea. Intertwined in this theme are other subplots, all set in Penny's usual Three Pines location, with her familiar characters. However, rather than focussing too much on her reoccurring characters in this series like Ruth and her duck, Clara, Myrna, or the Inn/Bistro keepers, Penny's attention, this time, is on Gamache's daughter, Annie and Jean-Guy, and their Downs Syndrome baby. I wasn't too sure why Penny had included the Sudan character as a visitor to Three Pines; it seemed off to me. It took Penny too long to reveal the cuprit and the motive - almost 150 pages - before Gamache points out "who done it", all the while pointing out other possible suspects and their motives. In those pages, there was too much repetition of previously revealed facts, a retelling of a character's background and events in their lives, or just a quick plot summary as Gamache and his team gather and mull over the evidence which finally points only to one person, but, then, a confession is needed.