A Fatal Grace
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, r ...more
A fatal grace is the 2nd installment in Inspector Armand Gamache cozy mystery series. In Still Life I was introduced to the inspector and his team and fell in love with Three Pines, the little village where the action takes place. Gamache is a chief inspector in the Sûreté du Québec, an honorable and complex character whose mai ...more
Louise Penny is a Supernova in the Canadian literary firmament. And her warmth and human compassion is especially endearing, as is her supercharged inspiration in concocting such an endlessly labyrinthine structure for her book.
Her writing is excellent. And enchanting.
I loved it.
But why do its premises draw me into a dangerously dead-ended pattern of thinking?
Let me explain.
Isn’t this yet another return to the flawed Golden Age Theory ...more
I enjoyed reading book 2 in this series, set in the mythical town of Three Pines, Quebec. This town is close to the US border in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec(between the St. Lawrence River and the US Vermont border). Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Homicide Division of the Surete du Quebec, is called to investigate the death of CC de Poitiers, electrocuted in front of an entire village.
He does solve the murder, and connects it with another mur ...more
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
CC de Poitiers, the murder victim, has to be ...more
Anyway whatever it is called it is an excellent book. I hate the cold, but love reading about places where the snow is metres deep and the water freezes on the end of the firemen's hoses as they try to put out a fire. Wow! Also the story takes place at Christmas in a picture perfect town where the snow sparkles in the sun and everyone drinks hot chocolate and eats cookies. What more does a book need?
Actually o ...more
It’s been some time, but I was happy to find myself back in Three Pines, the idyllic little community in Quebec that is peppered with interesting characters, as well as several secrets. CC de Poitiers is fairly new in town, and definitely not a friend to any – not even those who had tried to make an effort to welcome this hateful, self-centered woman. So when she was found murdered in the middle of a curling match, it’s no surprise that the ...more
The focus of the cruelty was on fat. And for a while it seemed that it was only the characters who were being cruel but then I read this passage about a 12 year old girl.
And beside him an enormous c...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
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 l ...more
It is Christmas time in Three Pines but CC de Poitiers manages to alienate everyone she co ...more
“With each breath his nostrils froze shut and the air was like an ice pack in his sinuses, shooting pain through his forehead and making his eyes tear and freeze. By the time they were halfway to the train station he could barely see . . . the cold was already inside him, as though he was naked...”
Reading this during a steamy Australian summer is an interesting experience. Here it’s the kind of weather when you find yourself stripped down to barely acceptable clothing and opening the fridge or ...more
Nobody likes the victim of the murder, which makes the job harder for Gamache. As a reader, I was cheering for Gamache to solve the crime, but not because of the unlikeable CC de Poiters. She was as different a character from the victim of the first book, Jane, as you could possibly be.
I wonder if Louise Penny's editors said, 'Give us another co ...more
Description: 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 Québec, is called to ...more
CC was a despised woman. Obnoxious, cruel, -she was maddeningly bad news- to ...more
Three Pines was a pretty little village and as it was nearing Christmas, it was bitterly cold with snow and ice surrounding the cottages, the bistro, the B&B as well as the village green; even the lake was completely iced over. CC de Poitiers had been despised by all – no one person ...more
If mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and warm chocolate cake are your "soothing" blankets when life gets hard, then this will be too! It's LITERALLY the most perfect series for this freaking quarantine (aka the world is shutting down) saga.
In this "case", Inspector Gamache is back in Three Pines. The victim is CC. She's a thorn in everyone's side but her death wasn't accidental. And Gamache must still bring someone to justice even if she did deserve to die for her sins (whi ...more
A woman nobody liked is dead—electrocuted in public during a Canadian sporting event. Can Chief Inspector Gamache uncover the levels of treachery at the heart of this twisted murder?
Character development: ★★★★★
Pacing: slow, slow beginning
A Fatal Grace is the second novel in the Armand Gamache detective series. Like all other entries, these clever murder mysteries can be read as standalone novels OR sequentially—you get more context with all of them, but the murders are self contain ...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
In this second book in the series, Gamache and his team and called back to the small village of Three Pines to investigate the murder of CC Poitiers.
It’s Christmas time in the quiet Quebec village and everyone is enjoying the festivities and an abundance of food and good will and neighbourly good deeds. The winter landscape plays an important part in the story as they cope with plumm ...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
Narrator: Ralph Cosham (excellent narration!)
Upgraded from my original 3.0 Stars to 4.0 Stars
Review to follow - here it is😉
Upfront, I want to state that I definitely "Liked" Armand Gamache #2, "A Fatal Grace", aka "Dead Cold", so it earns an almost unequivocal 3 Stars, but...
I thought the plot was quite convoluted, and made even more so by the overlaid (or underlaid) secondary issue faced by Gamache from a previous investigation. I also needed to 're-wind' and re-listen, ...more