Surely you didn’t think that Inspector Gemache was going to be able to relax into a peaceful retirement in Three Pines after the dramatic conclusion of the previous book. Of course not. Reluctantly he and Jean-Guy Beauvoir are drawn into a troubling local event. Their friend, the artist Clara Morrow, is worried that her husband, Peter, hasn’t shown up as they had agreed on the one year anniversary of their separation. Regardless of whether the meeting would have led to a reconciliation or not, she is certain he wouldn’t miss their reunion unless something was badly wrong. Onward. 373 pp.