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Dead Cold (Chief Inspector Gamache) Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Impossible to put down * Globe and Mail on The Murder Stone * Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with * Metro * Full of twists and turns . . . Wonderfully satisfying * Kate Mosse on How the Light Gets In * Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both * Peter James * Impossible to put down * Globe and Mail on A Rule Against Murder * Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with * Metro * Full of twists and turns . . . Wonderfully satisfying * Kate Mosse on How the Light Gets In * Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both * Peter James *
About the Author
Louise Penny is the Number One New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted The Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from Carleton University and the Ordre Nationale du Quebec in 2017. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.
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A Fatal Grace are the same book - the first one is the British title
and the second the American title - otherwise, no difference! I made
the mistake of ordering them both.... it happens sometimes.
Follow the Chief Inspector as he methodically inspects the scene, collects and studies the evidence, and interviews everyone involved. The setting is Three Pines, a quaint town in Canada, which boasts a wide variety of citizenry.
If you like a good mystery, I think you'll find this series delightful.
An unpopular woman, a newcomer to town, is murdered in the middle of the day at a popular sports event in rural Quebec. She was mysteriously electrocuted sitting in a lawn chair on the sidelines. The local constable is clueless.
Enter the celebrated homicide detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec with a retinue of subordinates. Gamache plunges into the investigation with his usual quiet intensity, deploying his team with great skill. Suspects abound — of course: your job is to guess whodunit — and the Inspector methodically eliminates them, one by one. Meanwhile, his boss in Montreal is scheming to end Gamache’s career as chief of homicide because he exposed corruption at the highest level in the Surete in a previous case. The boss has planted a spy on Gamache’s team.
Now picture this setting: an isolated village in Quebec, not found on any maps, often snow-bound, but populated by a blend of long-time residents and cultural refugees from the hustle of Montreal, located an hour away. Among the late-comers are a misanthropic old woman who is one of Canada’s leading poets, a world-class painter struggling because he can only produce one or two paintings a year, his wife who is probably a better artist than he is but can’t catch a break, a bantering gay couple who own the bistro and the B&B, and a jumbo-sized black woman who bought the local bookstore after leaving a successful career as a clinical psychologist in the city. We met this cast of fascinating but lovable characters in a previous novel (Still Life) in the venerable Inspector Gamache series. They’re back playing their assigned roles as foils to Gamache’s brilliance in this first-class followup.
If you enjoy fluid and evocative writing, three-dimensional characters, well-crafted suspense, and a complex puzzle, you’ll love A Fatal Grace.
I may try to read one MORE of Louise Penny's books at a later time, but I read the first two of her Gamache books back-to-back, and just felt that perhaps this second one was written with more "formula" and perhaps with less deliberation.
In Fatal Grace CC De Poitiers who is universally hated is murdered during a curling match around Christmas. She is electrocuted in full view of everyone but no one sees anything. We meet some new colorful inhabitants of Three Pines but I missed Oliver and Gabri, even Peter and Clara were extremely supporting.
I will continue with this series but I enjoyed Still Life much better.