Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends. The kind, compassionate, and whip-smart detective must employ all his talents, not least his ability to blend seamlessly into small-town life, to identify the calculating killer lurking within the pastoral landscape that is Three Pines.
©2006 Louise Penny; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[A] traditional and highly intelligent mystery, sure to create great reader demand for more stories featuring civilized and articulate Chief Inspector Gamache. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"Penny is a careful writer, taking time to establish character and scene, playing around with a large cast, distracting us so we won't see the final twists coming until they're upon us. This is a fine mystery in the classic Agatha Christie style, and it is sure to leave mainstream fans wanting more." (Booklist)
I almost gave up on this about 90 minutes into the listen. So many characters and thoughts and apparent lines of plot. But once you get a handle on the basic characters, and have patience with the plotline, you will be rewarded.
I suspect the next book will be simpler for me with a basic knowledge and understanding of the characters.
Nice plot twists, great character development and investment in relationships. But this is the kicker for this book for me (a guy reviewing under his wifes username). There are plenty of great female authors that guys can enjoy. Tana French, Proulx, Ozeki, Gillian Flynn all come to mind. But few authors can capture a guys perspective and thought pattern as Louise Penny can.
Anyway, if you want to meet a thinking mans Harry Bosch in the arctic tundra, with well developed cohorts, this book is for you.
If you’re like me you read these evaluations before purchasing the item. One of the things I noticed is people don’t like negative reviews. Take a look sometime and see how many people find negative reviews not helpful compared to positive reviews. With that said I’m still going to post my review (my opinion) of the book.
I really enjoyed the first book of the series, Still Life, so I was excited to receive the next one. I was very disappointed with A Fatal Grace. It was irritating listening to a story where you can figure out who the murderer is half way through the book. The Chief Inspector is supposed to be one of the best in the business but he can’t see the obvious. I won't give the plot away but here's just one example of what I mean. He's investigating two murders; one of the homeless lady called "L" and another woman. During the investigation he's trying to locate the mother of the murdered woman but all he knows is the woman's name began with an "L". This is one example but the whole book is like this. It was tiring waiting for him to finally figure things out and catch up with me, the reader. Another annoying thing was even after CI Armand Gamache figured out who the murderer was, he still keeps it from the reader as to build up suspense, it was more irritating than suspenseful. Trying to make a story suspenseful when you already know the ending, doesn’t work.
Even though I didn’t like this book, I really like the first one and will purchase the third book of the series. I discovered this series by searching the Past Agatha Award Winners & Nominees. Other books you might like if you like this, Blind Justice - series by Bruce Alexander, Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, Mrs. Pollifax – series by Dorothy Gilman.
I don't know why. The whole is greater than the parts, I suppose. The plots are somewhat contrived and the characters often feel forced...but I like them anyway. Part of the appeal is the excellent narrator; he does a great job.
I thought that this book was a very good read. The characters, although simply stated in nature, were very enjoyable. The setting for the story was ideal and it was great to read about a small community of folks and become familiar with that lifestyle. The mystery of the crime was captivating. I'd recommend this book to those who are looking for a simply delightful crime story.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
There is a long history behind the mystery Inspector Gamache has to tackle in this second addition to this series. The same old gang returns for another great ride into this, Three Pines, adventure centered around the Holiday Season. Hot cider, decorations, caroling, and special winter smells are so well described by Louise Penny that you are just enveloped into the whole feel of Christmas magic and the joys of good friends, food and laughter.
I am continually enchanted by the repartee and, laugh out loud, banter of this elderly group of intellectual eccentrics, that compose the group of main characters. They have known each other for years and some how have developed into an endearing, "hysterical", functional, dysfunctional family, that have found a place in my heart.
This book as compared to the last has more of a philosophical take surrounding the circumstances leading up to the crime. I found it to be thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyed some of the quotes and poems discussed. Besides Ruth's profound, sometimes jarring poems, I especially enjoyed Leonard Cohen's lyrics that were quoted:
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"
I won't go on with some of the other two line sarcastic, witty banters, that are a constant between the characters. Suffice it to say, "they let the light in". Onto book three. Highly recommend.
I'd love to live in this town and know these people. While the mystery was less believable than the first book, the larger stories of friendship, sorrow, cruelty and caring as conveyed by an endearing cast of characters make this book well worth the listen. I enjoyed the narrator more in this book than in the first one -- better differentiation of characters, with some wonderful voices. I look forward to downloading book 3 in the series. I miss these wonderful people already!
This is a great book! Everything is present and fits together perfectly - I loved it! Narration, setting, character development, use of words and a fantastic story all work together to make almost 12 delightful hours! I enjoyed it so much I immediately ordered the next book in the series. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Penny doesn't rely on sex or violence to spin a good story. It's all in the relationships. Her writing is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series.
Inspector Gamache and Three Pines are made for each other. It's hard to believe the story is fiction, it is so well written and the narrator does such a good job with pacing and delivery. It's nice to have a murder mystery that doesn't rely on gruesome descriptions but instead is just well written. Thanks Louise Penny!
How does a woman sitting on a frozen lake get electrocuted? She was mean, a horrible mother, and an all around waste of space. But Chief Inspector Gamache's duty is to find the killer. I enjoy the characters and the setting. A very good mystery.
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