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The Madness of Crowds – No. 17 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is another winner.

Sûreté du Québec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, his family and friends are back in their lovely village of Three Pines. Emerging from the pandemic, the residents are upbeat as it's the holiday season and everyone is looking forward to celebrating the New Year. In an usual request, Gamache is called upon to provide security for a controversial speaker coming to a local college. Gamache urges the school to cancel the appearance of Abigail Robinson, a statistician who has made some outrageous recommendations to improve the economy based on her analysis of pandemic-related data. This includes conserving health resources by not trying to save society’s sick and vulnerable. The engagement goes on as planned and Gamache ends up saving Robinson’s life when a bullet is aimed right at her. A murder of an associate follows. Gamache, son-in-law Jean-Guy Beauvoir and Isabelle Lacoste have a complex case to solve as moral and ethical issues are raised.

With The Madness of Crowds, author Louise Penny continues the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series with another strong novel that is engaging and thought-provoking. As always, the cast of characters and their relationships keep fans like me coming back for more. If you haven't started this series yet, you may want to get onboard. You can join in at any point as each book provides some background but it's worth starting from the beginning.

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Fiction / Mystery.

Publication Date: August 24, 2021.


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