I never read series. I find series annoying. I've read two books in this series and found them, as mysteries, mildly annoying, in that the endings were not tidy and the central mysteries not fairly clued. However, the setting and the characters are so compelling that I can't keep away. Armand Gamache is an enormously appealing detective in the practically-perfect-in-every-way tradition of Lord Peter Wimsey. The quaint French Canadian village of Three Pines is filled with quirky, artsy, intelligent characters. I love their little world, in spite of all the murders. This book, the first in the series (and smart people will read them in order, as I have not), is all about amateur artists and bow-hunting. I figured out the murderer halfway through the book - I guess I'll have to reconcile myself to the fact that Whodunit is not the point of this series. On to book two.