Author: Louise Penny
Book takes places in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: YES
This is my 51st read of the year.
I just returned from a 10 day vacation and didn't get as much reading done as I thought I would, but we had fun.
I have been to Canada, several times. As a child we went a few times to Niagra Falls, and to visit Quebec and Montreal. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people, so I highly recommend taking a visit.
This is the story of a murder in a small town in Montreal. Jane Neal was a well loved neighbor and friend, and she is seemingly murdered one morning after she reveals her painting called "Fair Day". Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called in to help solve the case.
Jane had painted what looks like a child's drawing called Fair Day. As people start to see it, they realize that Jane has painted everyone she knows into the painting to show their varying personalities. The Chief and some of Jane's closest friends are sure that this painting is what lead to her murder. But what they can't figure out is why. And who. It takes the whole town going into Jane's home and seeing her other paintings to finally piece together the whole story.
This was an okay book. I know several people who like Louise Penny's books, but I didn't think the book was that well written. I was disappointed in that fact because I was excited to read something that was recommended by a few people. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. The story was all over the place, and the characters with wide swings of personalities that just didn't add anything to the story.
It was a fast read, and for now it will stay my Canada book because I really want to move on to other countries. I may trade it out in the future.