A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series, Book 2

eBook - 2007
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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed?With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.
Publisher: 2007
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9781429967242
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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vkreads
Jul 01, 2019

This is the 2nd book in Penny's series of 15 titles thru year 2019.

Smart, enchanting, tempting writing. Curious and wonderful characters with previous lives before ...

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cknightkc
May 15, 2019

Despite a bizarre and far-fetched murder, I enjoyed putting the puzzle pieces together alongside the inimitable Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in A FATAL GRACE. Does the overall mystery rely a little too much on coincidences? Yes, but it’s author Louise Penny’s atmospheric writing and the characters themselves that attract me to this series.

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kkirby221
Mar 17, 2019

Enjoyed this 2nd book in the series. Great story. Enjoyed the character development.

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kirpet
Jan 14, 2019

always a great writer.

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ApollosRaven
Nov 30, 2018

The second book in the series, and even though it is not among her best, Penny is so far above most mystery writers that it is still outstanding within the genre. She's really just getting started here, folks.

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m0mmyl00
Sep 18, 2018

This is the second book in Louise Penny’s series, though not the second of hers I have read. As usual, she chose an interesting tidbit to weave throughout the story. This time, it was the art of painting the inside of a glass ball to create a luminously beautiful Christmas ornament. The villain of the story, CC de Poitiers, named her “philosophy” after this technique; she advocated repressing and denying all emotions, keeping them “inside.” CC herself was particularly suited to this practice, as she was universally disliked by all, including her husband and child, her lover, all the inhabitants of Three Pines, and the reader. She was electrocuted during a curling match (really!) and Gamache sprang into action, ascertaining that it was a homicide rather than an accident as was initially believed. He schooled the smart-ass young upstarts who disrespected his thoughtful approach to investigating the event, figured out the killer, handled the case compassionately toward all, and won everyone over in the end, of course.

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fpsutka
Mar 06, 2018

Only a Canadian could write a novel about murder at a curling rink!

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Alpha_zzz
Mar 02, 2018

The first book or 2 I read of Louise Penny’s seemed enjoyable enough. As I have twice tried to read a couple more, I cannot stand the sarcasm. I’m not sure what she has against God and religious denominations, but she sure is cynical. I don’t really care for her vulgar humor either. Guess she will be struck from my list of authors to follow.
Disappointed!

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Randy_W_SH
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.

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WhidbeyIslander
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.

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cknightkc
May 15, 2019

"Gamache's job was to collect the evidence, but also to collect the emotions. And the only way he knew to do that was to get the know the people. To watch and listen. To pay attention. And the best way to do that was in a deceptively casual manner in a deceptively casual setting.
Like the bistro.” - p.154

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reeread
Oct 01, 2018

“But it wasn’t the stage that petrified Crie, nor was it the audience. It was what wasn’t there that had stopped her dead in her tracks.
Crie knew from long experience it was always the things you didn’t see that were the scariest.
And what Crie didn’t see broke her heart.”

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reeread
Oct 01, 2018

“But it wasn’t the stage that petrified Crie, nor was it the audience. It was what wasn’t there that had stopped her dead in her tracks.
Crie knew from long experience it was always the things you didn’t see that were the scariest.
And what Crie didn’t see broke her heart.”

PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

We become our beliefs.

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behere
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.

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behere
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.

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sra963
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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rogebc_0
Sep 30, 2018

CC de Poitiers is electrocuted in front of a crowd at the big event . . .

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WomanOfMystery
Feb 16, 2012

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

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