Kingdom of the Blind (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #14) by Louise Penny
When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. It isn’t until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far more menacing.
But the bizarre will it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension has dragged on, and Armand is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots – and the terrible things hiding there. —Minotaur Books, 2018
Despite the large cast of suspects, neighbors, and detectives, Louise Penny was able to keep each character distinct and memorable. What wasn’t distinct was how Gamache was able to execute a surveillance operation and raid while on suspension or why suspects continually withheld information that would be in their best interest to share. The executor of the will storyline dragged down the excitement of the undercover operation making the overall narrative long-winded, punctuated with poetry and tedium. —(Low) Borrow it.