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A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Paperback – February 15, 2011
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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.
As with all the books in this series, there are recurring characters. While you don't necessarily have to read the series in the order it was written, you will miss the joy of getting to know them as Gamache speaks with each one. While Gamache heads the investigation, his team, including a spy working for the head of the Sûreté du Québec, is instrumental in turning up pieces of the puzzle that Gamache finally puts together in order to discover who the killer was.
One of the things that readers will savor is Penny's ability to coin a phrase. One of my favorites from this book is when Gamache speaks about his deceased dog, "Gamache had had the impression it wasn't that his old heart had stopped, but that Sonny had finally given it away."
Penny's descriptions of the winter weather will have the reader inching up the thermostat so vividly does the author make the reader feel the bitter cold of a winter's day in Quebec.
This is one of the best series being written. Penny is in the same league as P.D. James, Charles Todd, and Laurie R. King. Don't miss this author and her series starting with "Still Life."
Penny's books are deceptive. On one hand, they seem a simple traditional mystery, set in a small town with lots of interesting, quirky characters, lots of suspects from which to choose and good twists and turns along the way. Penny does do dialogue well and her sense of place is evocative. But then there a second layer, hard to describe, but one I find makes me occasionally stop and think while reading and stays with me long after I've closed the book. Penny is one of those I can be being on my very short list of authors to re-read. Highly recommended.
Every mystery series needs a good detective and a good setting, and Penny is better than most at evoking her small Canadian town and the vivid people in it. And Gamache is a memorable creation--I really hope we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the years ahead. Not since Agatha Christie's Marple and Poirot have I found such a likable crimesolver. If you enjoy good writing, fair clues and surprising solutions, you're going to love this series. Highly recommended.
A psychopathic minor Martha Stewart is murdered in Three Pines at Christmas. She is a woman so horrible that most of the villagers have motives to kill her. Inspector Gamache of the Surete believes that the key to her death lies in her mysterious past which seems to be somehow connected to Three Pines.
The characters from "Still Life" reappear, but instead of being quirky and eccentric, they are now overdrawn black-or-white cardboard figures. The village is no longer just charming--it's greeting card perfect. Inspector Gamache, always too good to be true, is now a saint. Apparitions of God appear. The victim is an impossibly motivated woman with a literally unbelievable rationale. A subplot having to do with politics within the Surete is supposed to draw us further into the series, but really seems an unnecessary distraction.
However, Ms. Penny's work has moments of descriptive power and good humor, and I have to confess to enjoying the descriptions of Three Pines during the Christmas season in spite of myself. I hope her future novels return to the level of her first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes irritating with shallow philosophy but the setting is quaint and it's OK for a light read. Not very suspensefulPublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is the second of the series I've read and enjoyed thoroughly. Insightful about human psychology, unsentimental, Louise Penny masterly plots people's interactions more than... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ancient Greek
This is the first book by Louise Penny that I've read. I liked it well enough that I purchased 2 more of her books. I liked the village and the characters. Loved inspector Gamache.Published 4 days ago by Kathy M Burgess
Louise Penny writes with poetic insight as she plots an intriguing murder mystery. The story unfolds in a small Canadian village, a day's drive from Montreal, and is peopled with... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Anon
Intriguing, charming, and great suspense. A complex series of events and two women murdered. What more do you want? Enjoy it!Published 8 days ago by Phm
A good read. The small town of Three Pines starts to get boring as the main scenario for the storiesPublished 9 days ago by Ellie Anne Duque
Complicated plot, fun to read, look forward to next inspector gamache mysteryPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book immensely especially the fact that there is more than one plot. There seems to be a dark undercurrent in all of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Vivian AbdulAleem