A Fatal Grace Audiobook | Louise Penny | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
A Fatal Grace | [Louise Penny]

A Fatal Grace

No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. 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.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet, ineffectual husband. Not the pallid, spineless photographer who was her lover. Not even her tremendously fat, 11-year-old daughter Crie, dubbed "Brie" by her hateful classmates. And certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Mystery

"[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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1018 )
5 star
 (576)
4 star
 (326)
3 star
 (90)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
4.4 (672 )
5 star
 (398)
4 star
 (198)
3 star
 (59)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.6 (673 )
5 star
 (483)
4 star
 (153)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (6)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Patricia CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-10-10
    Patricia CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-10-10 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "Complex, but worthwhile...."

    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.





    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Fan Burbank, CA, United States 04-17-11
    Amazon Fan Burbank, CA, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    66
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "I was disappointed in the story."

    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.

    36 of 38 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-03-10
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    92
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    449
    82
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    11
    Overall
    "I like these books a lot."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrea UPTON, MA, United States 05-02-10
    Andrea UPTON, MA, United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good read"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Bartonville, TX 08-28-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 08-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

    HELPFUL VOTES
    348
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    217
    206
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    90
    67
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic Series"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah CONCORD, NH, United States 07-07-13
    Deborah CONCORD, NH, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Take me back to Three Pines"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 03-19-13
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    228
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    239
    150
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    27
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just loved this listen!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amy Calkins Wisconsin 07-09-12
    Amy Calkins Wisconsin 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

    readingaddict

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspector Gamache wins again"
    What did you love best about A Fatal Grace?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 06-22-12
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love this author!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 12-19-12
    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    62
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    326
    46
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Civilized Murder"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 37 results PREVIOUS124NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.