The 45th book I finished reading for the challenge was The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny, a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. It is Easter weekend in Three Pines and Gabri has arranged a séance for Good Friday evening at the bistro. But the psychic said that it didn’t work because there was too much positive energy in the bistro so another séance is arranged for Easter evening after dinner at Clara and Peter Morrow’s house at the old Hadley house. That should had sufficient evil in it for a séance. And indeed it does. After the psychic spreads salt for protection and lights candles at the compass points, the participants can hear sounds of the “dead” coming, and then suddenly Madeleine Favreau falls over dead. It appears she has been scared to death.
But upon further investigation, it seems that Madeleine was actually murdered; ephedra was introduction into her system and with her weak heart, it was sure to kill her. So Chief Inspector Gamache and the team are called in to find out who wanted Madeleine, whom everyone loved, dead. But Chief Inspector Gamache has more problems. The Arnot case, in which he was a whistle-blower in the Sûreté du Québec, seems to not be over. Someone in the Sûreté is planting false stories in the press about Gamache and his family in an effort to get him to resign. Who is doing this to him? He has two mysteries to solve in this cruel month of April. Forthy-five down, 55 to go.