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So the adventure of the three begins. There is comedy amidst the pathos and mystery, reference to Charles Dickens characters to the attorney Merciere. Particularly comical is the description of Benedict's arrival as Dr Seuss meets Charles Dickens, or the Cat in the Hat enters. No mistake this mystery will intrigue until the end. And there will be another story within the tale, about Armand's suspension and his attempt to retrieve opiods from the streets. The opiods were lost in an arrest and will devastate many unless stopped. We meet Amerlia, a candidate at the academy of the Surete who is a rising star but is kicked out and who now is amidst the junkies. She will turn out to be a secret weapon of Gamache.
A ll in all another 5 ***** mystery. It has been awhile since I read a Penny mystery and delighted in the suspense and characters.