3,5 rounded to 4.
I REALLY wanted this to be a five stars book. But there are some issues I can't overlook:
How did he get down? (Such a big deal made of him climbing up.)
Jerome--uh, why didn't he tell?
The timeline doesn't work--the length of time since the dam plot, the length of time Arnot is imprisoned, when the new guards were hired, etc.
and finally and mainly, personality transplants for Gamache and Jean Guy.
The people still are simply wonderful and the story and mystery good, but it just didn't come up to my expectations. Can't wait for the next one, though.