A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace

Book - 2007
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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!   Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.
No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter--and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.
When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder--or brilliant enough to succeed?
With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.
Uniform Title: Dead cold
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed.
ISBN: 9780312352561
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 06, 2018

Only a Canadian could write a novel about murder at a curling rink!

Feb 26, 2018

Louise Penny books are always a pleasure to read, pure enjoyment! I've read many books in this series but not in order. This is apparently book #2 but reading out of order was not been an issue. Love the characters, descriptions of food, poetry, intrigue, plot, twists. investigation.... I'd move to 3 Pine in a heartbeat except for the increased chance of getting knocked off :)

Sep 05, 2017

I saw a TV interview with Louise Penny and thought I'd give her books a try. I am reading the 3rd one and am enjoying them. Not over the top excellent writing, but intriguing story lines. I described it to a relative as sort of 'Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys' for adults.

Enjoyable reading.

Aug 28, 2017

While I enjoyed the first book in the series (Still Life), I found this one more entertaining, at least in the writing. The plot is satisfyingly complex, although I found the solution to the murder a little too much of a stretch. I usually avoid mysteries that are marketed as "laugh out loud" funny, and even though this one isn't like that, some of the dialogue was pretty witty -- maybe Louise Penny needs to write screenplays and infuse some intelligence back into the movie world.

ArapahoeNancy May 01, 2017

This is the first book that I have read by Louise Penny. The book takes place in Three Pines a small town in Quebec, Canada. Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the town to investigate the murder of an unpopular author that recently moved to the town. Just about everyone has a motive to kill. This book kept me turning the pages to find out the answer.

rb3221 Apr 06, 2017

Lots of intrigue and suspense with a few unexpected twists. This is a fascinating mystery with an ending that may surprise some readers yet the murder itself is somewhat bizarre and implausible. I especially enjoy Gamache's style as not your usual detective but rather one who talks to the residents of Three Pines to get to know these vividly portrayed, fully explored characters. This is his quiet and efficient way of solving the murder.
Will the next book let us know what is happening to the generally disliked Yvette Nicol and will we discover the unresolved mysteries surrounding Gamache's past with the Arnot case? An entertaining and very satisfying read and onto the next one. I am enjoying the series.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 01, 2017

The second Gamache novel again finds the inspector in Three Pines, a small village, off the map, with a higher than average chance that the residents will wind up dead. Not the best of the series, but like Murder on the Orient Express, there are too many suspects and a corpse over whom no one will mourn.

Oct 27, 2016

I found the plot a bit contrived, relying on unlikely coincidences, and the saccharine villagers a bit cloying, although I would love to eat at the bistro! Still, the book engages the reader and makes us root for these sentimental, good people.

Apr 08, 2016

The plot is complex, but I figured out who did it before the end. Score one for me. I wish Penny would develop characters more subtly. Agent Yvette Nichol doesn't have to be ugly. Acne is not a crime.

AuntJane Apr 04, 2016

I read this for book group. While alone I thought it was just OK, after chatting with the group, I realized I enjoyed the story and may even read the next installment.

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PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

We become our beliefs.

Aug 25, 2015

"Oh, she wasn't very good, but she wasn't so bad either. I mean, really, who isn't cruel and selfish?" Ruth Zardo, the old poet, referring to CC de Poitiers, p 78.

Aug 25, 2015

"All I have to do is keep throwing light in front of me, and follow the headlights. Eventually I'll get there." Gamache, p 163.

Jul 11, 2014

"All the mistakes I've made have been because I've assumed something and then acted as though it was a fact."
Inspector Gamache.


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