â€śMany mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The bookâ€™s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamacheâ€™s personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far.â€ť --Sarah WeinmanWelcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.Â Â Â Â Itâ€™s spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth.Â But not everything is meant to return to life. . . Â Â Â Â When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a sĂ©ance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright.Â Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?Â Â Â Â Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the SĂ»retĂ© du QuĂ©bec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.