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A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Gamache)

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Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed? With a cast of recurring quirky characters who make the town bistro the center of their lives, I have a feeling I will be back in Three Pines for the long haul.

All of this occurs in the dead of winter and the weather itself becomes an important factor in the story. Something I think is very interesting is that Gamache did something in the past that ended any upward movement of his career. The book could well have been a novel about a small-town community without the murder mysteries to turn it into a picturesque magical, although imaginery, place. So it should come as no surprise that when CC is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament no one is grieving too much or that her shocking death was no accident. Myrna looked out the window and wondered whether their peace, so fragile and precious, was about to be shattered.He'd see people smiling at each other as they got their cappuccinos at the café, or their fresh flowers or their baguettes. He'd climbed into the tree, almost feeling tickled by its rough bark, as if he had been sitting on his grandfather's lap and snuggling into his unshaven face. Having done so, I can stand back and dispassionately appreciate Penny's accomplishment; my problem is that this just isn't the sort of book that appeals to me. Her underarms bulged and flopped and the rolls of her waist made the skintight dress look like a melting strawberry ice cream.

I’d also like to add that Armand Gamache is a nice change from the usual run of police detectives in that he has a very happy marriage and, apart from enjoying his food a little too much, has no apparent vices.Penny uses not only the peaceful Eastern Townships as her setting, but continues to provide the reader with some great character development of Armand Gamache, a man whose intellect is balanced with a compassionate side. This book sealed the deal on my deciding to continue on with the series as I was nicely surprised by the second offering.

Might she have been hiding something bigger, something even more disgusting than the tidbits she puts on display?Only by talking with everyone will Gamache learn the events that led the murderer to commit this act.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté and his wife, Reine-Marie, make their first appearance in the book on the day after Christmas, when they have a tradition of reviewing unsolved cases.And as eager as Saul seems to be to start a new, better life in Three Pines, he still has one undeveloped roll of film that he hastily throws in the fireplace when Gamache and his team visit him at the chalet he has rented. The dear old thing had hidden depths, courtesy of an author whose deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot. I don't mean that to sound as dismissive as it probably does, and again, I understand that there are large numbers of readers who would love to live in Three Pines, but I'd probably go stark raving mad in less than a week. There is no shortage of potential suspects and the murder of a homeless woman in Montreal appears to have ties to both CC and Three Pines. This time, one of the most hated villagers is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake during a curling match and nobody seems to have seen anything and at first sight the crime seems impossible.

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