Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow.
It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air.
A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted.
Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past.
But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/04/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751547436