Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
"A Fatal Grace" is a title wherein Penny again embeds a hint of the story to come. Inspector Gramache, like the great classic detectives created by Agatha Christie, P. D. James, & Caroline Graham, is a character with whom one wants to spend more time. "A Fatal Grace" is an excellent mystery spun by a master storyteller.
The narration by Ralph Cosham is the perfect choice for the "voice" of Inspector Gramache. He could not be better. I enjoy his English accent & Penny's explanation for it.
I suggest listening/reading to the series in order, which is easy enough to find through Audible's "View Series" tab. I first listened to "A Trick of Light" which is an excellent stand alone mystery but is the seventh in the "Inspector Gramache" series. It wets the appetite for more. Then for a birthday present from my brother, I received "Bury your Dead". Also an excellent mystery but this wayward order in listening to the back story & character development convinced me to start at the beginning of the Three Pines mysteries with "Still Life". Now with "A Fatal Grace" I appreciate even more Inspector Gramache & his French Canadian observations & wisdoms. It is a thoughtful & inspiring mystery novel. These books are so well written that I am looking forward to listening to them again which I seldom ever want to do.
I love the narration of Penny's books. Penny's vivid descriptions brings the little Canadian village to life. It simply a relaxing read. Don't mistake my comments for boring, it is far from it. But it is a light read with depth.
I loved this novel. It was so well written, with such great characters, but as a mystery, it was a bit predictable. I knew who did the murders and why from almost the beginning, but the novel twisted and turned enough to keep me engaged anyway. I can't wait to listen to the next one!
Louise Penny is a genius at story telling. Somehow she is able to weave humor into a book about murder and it is done with her marvelous characters. She is part of a team however and Ralph Cosham the artist that tells the story is the best I have encountered. I am sorry I have listened to all of her books. Maybe I will listen again.
All of her books are a joy
very mean spirited. I thought i was going to hear an entertaining inspector and instead got a negative story. This inspector might be okay and his wife interesting but the story was NOT what I like.
If this is typical Penny material, it's my last book of hers.
It just wasn't enjoyable and none of the characters were likeable or interesting.
I regret this purchase. It's a book I will never consider finishing.
The author wrote very derogatory statements about the Pope and the Catholic Church within the first couple of chapters. These statements are not necessary for the story plot.
If the author said such derogatory statements about Muslim / Islamic faith or the
Quran the outcry would result in the book taken off the market.
The narrator is great. This is a performance.
The final scene was great. It was summed up well, there were no disappointing deaths, just perfect.
He's an amazing narrator. I would buy a book just for his voice.
Plot within plot.
I loved listening foe each clue along the way. The audio brings the book alive!
I was surprised when a clue was found in Clara's studio.
This is the second book in the series & I am looking forward to many more hours of listening to his fine writing.
I experienced many emotions listening to this book, sadness, anger, joy & peace.