I always wait impatiently for the next Louise Penny book. Unfortunately I was disappointed with " The Nature of the Beast" until I read the afterward which changed my entire attitude about the "beast". This book is better, but I love the first books where Gamache was a policeman officially. I love Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and all the people in Three Pines, so I am happiest when the events are set in the village. I will be very happy if Gamache becomes a real policeman again and solves a crime involving everyone in town, including the duck. Still three paws up from Kristi and Abby Tabby.