Canadian authour Louise Penny has composed an intriguing mystery set deep in the northern woods of Québec. Her protagonist, Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, is at it again solving crimes in a remote and picturesque region of Canada, as far as possible from the prying eyes of modern civilization.
Amid ancient trees, cloistered in a monastery, dwells a group of monks from an order thought to have been extinct for hundreds of years. Recently, they have found contentious fame through a recording of their Gregorian chants. The intoxicating and consuming music is based in divine legend and holds sway over the men who live silently save for singing it. Gamache and his troubled inspector find themselves within the bolted doors of the mysterious Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups monastery, solving a murder in this confounding place of worship in the woods. It's a wonderfully gripping read full of history and eerie suspense.