Re-read Aug 2012*sigh* It's so easy to forget the beauty of a story and its characters... it's so easy to shut the book, lay it down, and forget the intricacies of its exploration of the human mind, will, and emotions.I re-read this book in preparation for reading Ms. Penny's newly released book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, "A Beautiful Mystery". And I'm so glad that I did! So many tiny details that I'm sure play a role in the next book, because I can't believe she'd leave us hanging about Jean Guy Beauvoir and Annie or Peter and Clara. And Gamache is still healing from The Big Incident and still trying to find out, as quietly as possible, who released the video of The Big Incident to the internet, where it went viral.I learned quite a bit about art, too - as seen through Ms. Penny's eyes. But she seems to have a deep appreciation for art and artists. Re-reading this book makes me want to spend more time in art galleries and museums!--------------1st read - Sept 7, 2011Love, love, love this book! I adore that Louise Penny took us back to Three Pines! Even though quite a few folks are murdered there, there is something peaceful and renewing about Three Pines and its citizens.Clara finally has her solo show, but not with Denis Fortin, whom she quarreled with in the last book. Denis had the gall to use a horrid slur when referring to Gabri, and Clara not only told Denis off, but she told him where to go.Clara's solo showing is at the Musee -- far more prestigious and far more daunting for Clara. Among the guests are famous art gallery owners, agents, friends, other painters, press, and Inspector Gamache and his trusty 2nd in command, Beauvoir.After the grand showing, the party moves to Three Pines for a whole-town celebration: BBQ, dancing, and general merry-making. It's not until the next morning, as Clara sits in her refuge, her garden, to prepare herself for the critics' reviews of her showing... and as Peter and Olivier bring the papers with said reviews, that they discover a body. In Clara's refuge -- her garden. Just legs with red shows sticking out from the plants, reminding everyone who sees it of the Wicked Witch of the East's end in "The Wizard of Oz".Except this is no stranger... tied deeply to Clara's past, Peter's past, and to many bitter secrets, this murder isn't about to go away easily.