I love everything Louise Penny writes. This novel is no exception. It helps tremendously to have read previous Three Pines novels as the residents of this remote village become as familiar as neighbors. Though this can be read as a stand alone novel, a new reader may be confused at the cast of characters without prior introduction to their personalities. The strongest and most induring character is Armand Gamache, formerly Chief Inspector of Homicide, now Superintendent of the Surente du Quebec. The depth of his moral fiber stems from his implacable honesty, loyalty to family, a belief in justice. In this installment, he is torn between deliberately committing perjury for the sake of a higher purpose at the risk of losing everything. When he is convinced the right thing to do, nothing can deter him to seeing it through. The story, part court room jockeying and real time drama, comes to an exciting conclusion that one can depend on in Louise Penny's novels.