A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace

Book - 2011
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Sent to a village south of Montreal to investigate the death of CC de Poitiers, an extremely unpopular woman apparently killed in an electrical accident, Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec finds that nearly everyone in town had a motive to kill her.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011, ©2006
Edition: First Minotaur Books paperback edition
ISBN: 9780312541163
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Pen
Alternative Title: Dead cold


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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.

AL_NANCY 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.

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.

Feb 15, 2017

Least favourite of the series. The murderer was obvious but the case to solve it seemed really disjointed and long winded. Other books in the series have more charm and alarm.

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.

Mar 13, 2016

Some descriptions a bit too cute and predictable for me, but can be overlooked by interesting story.

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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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Feb 16, 2012

This is the same book as "A Fatal Grace" but different title.


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