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In book two, there's another murder to solve for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his crew as the repulsively cruel CC De Poitiers is no more. Deliberately electrocuted, the villagers...more
It is Christmas in Three Pines- and once again Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team are called to investigate another murder...
No one liked CC de Poitiers – not her daughter, not her husband, not her lover, and cer ...more
Then Inspector Gamache came on the scene, late in my judgment, but once he made his appearance, the story took off, with an accelerating pace that lasted all the way through. The Three Pines characters, n ...more
CC was a despised woman. Obnoxious, cruel, -she was maddeningly bad news- to ...more
The 2nd in the Gamache series did not get quite as high praise as the first, but I will continue with this series. I think this one bogged down a bit for me and perhaps since the victim was not very likable I am not sure I was as invested in finding out "who dunnit".
That said, I love Gamache and his team. I love the way he methodically plods to the conclusion and I try to figure the mystery out right along with him. This one came to me rather early but I could not figure out all th ...more
"There at the back stood CC de Poitiers wearing a fluffy white sweater made of either cashmere or kittens."
"Now she sat in front ...more
Most powerful, for me, is the way she builds quiet characters of amazing strength and depth. These are not cartoon-brilliant people. They are, for the most part, fully-fleshed out, but rath ...more
It is Christmas time in Three Pines and gives a nice winter environment. Gamache actually deals. with two murders in this book. One deals with a homeless person and the other murder deals with a mean unjoyous woman, Cc de Poitiers. Working with his partner Beauvoir and newcomer Lemieux, Gamache investigates the crimes, learning more and more about the residents of Three ...more
CC de Poitiers, the murder victim, has to be ...more
This book, the second in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery/crime novel series, is, if anything, even better than the first book.
I can't wait to read the next one.
I did guess whodonit, but that didn't detract from the pleasure of reading this.
There is a second murder in the lovely and picturesque Quebec village of Three Pines, a year after the first one.
Someone's murdered CC de Poitiers at the annual Christmas curling competi ...more
I could immediately see Penny's growth as a writer. I found it far better plotted and much more engaging than the first in the series. From what I'm h ...more
This time around, Penny seems to be painting her characters with a broader brush. Several characters seem much more comic-boo-caricaturish than they did in Still Life. Also, Dead Cold feels like a "middle" book, with ongoing subplots that don't particularly get anywhere and leave readers with a sense of incompletion.
On th ...more
I am continually enchanted by the repartee and, laug ...more
Penny, Louise – 2nd in series
Headline, 2006- UK Hardcover
*** Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his officers have been called back to the town of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers, an extremely unpleasant woman, has been murdered in public at the height of a curling match. Figuring out how she was killed is as much a mystery as uncovering who killed her.
*** Penny’s books are deceptive. On one hand, they seem a simple traditional mystery, set in a small tow ...more
Inspector Gamache is becoming an old friend who I look forward to visiting again and again. The quirky residents of a Three Pines add to these stories and I would love to have dinner with my personal favorite Ruth who is just cranky enough to be interesting.
My one drawback for this story was the description of the daughter of the victim as fat and grotesque. The fat shaming was a bit much and caused my husband, who was listening to this book with me, to walk away from the story.
I am hooked and w ...more
And winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!
An excellent cozy, cottage mystery with Québecois Christmas traditions as Gamache, a Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot wrapped in one with his easy, laidback style, and the core cast of village characters from Still Life , 1, get jolted by yet another murderous mystery. Hmmm, what are the cha ...more
Since I opened the window to review A Fatal Grace, that's what I've done. Why? I'm not sure. This was a 5-star read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes, though, the hardest books to review are the ones that you loved.
The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is somewhere between cozy mystery and thriller. The setting stays the same, Three Pines in Quebec. The main character doesn't live in Three Pines but investigates when murde ...more
This time, though, I sussed the whole thing out pretty quickly, which is always fun for me. I wasn't put off the trail by the many other paths thrown at me. Yay, I'm becoming so clever.
Questions I have:
-Is there always going to be a suspicious rookie (as in, the rookie has suspicions not that the rookie is acting suspiciously) who ...more
I only recently discovered Louise Penny and am falling in love with her writing style. She has a very eloquent way with words and uses them to create beautiful passages. Her books so far have been pleasant escapes that make you think, rather than being fast paced thrillers (I enjoy both, just clarifying for others considering this one). As a bonus there are two touching segments within this story that dog lovers will enjoy - Penny's fondness for dogs definitely shows in th ...more
While each book in the series is a stand-alone there are references to past events that link the books and serve as an understory that will be fleshed out and resolved in future volumes, including the machinations between and amongst members of the Sure ...more
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She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.
Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.
* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
o 2008 – ...more