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Dead Cold (aka A Fatal Grace) (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 2)
Dead Cold - aka A Fatal Grace - Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 2 Author:Louise Penny The falling snow brings a hush to Three Pines -- until a scream pierces the air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Heading the investigation, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache unravels the dead woman's past and discovers a history of secrets and enemies. But Gamache has enemies of his own. A... more »s a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is sneaking up behind him...
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.
I'm not sure why I like this new series, but I really do. I like Gamache, who is a very human, accessible cop and I like the recurring residents of Three Pines, a small, rural town outside of Montreal. The stories are not long nor terribly complex but they are entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading more of Penny's work.