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.
Louise Penny's "Three Pines" series never fails to be a good read. I have not read the books in order but her ability to thoroughly invest in her characters in each book does not make this a problem. This is the second in the series and I now have the background on some of the individual story lines.This only adds to my enjoyment.
I only gave this 3.5 stars because I thought the resolution to the mystery not entirely believeable; getting there by her develpoment of the characters kept me involved to the end.
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed Dead Cold (aka A Fatal Grace) (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 2) on
CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone in the hamlet of Three Pines, right up to the moment she died. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache begins his investigation, it seems like an impossible murder: CC was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in front of the entire town, during the annual curling tournament. With compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find long buried secrets, while his own enemies threaten to bring something even more chilling than the bitter winter winds to Three Pines.
I just finished this, the 2nd in the series, and liked it just as much, if not more than Still Life. I found it more difficult to figure out who the killer was early on, which I like. And even after I HAD figured it out, there came a moment or two at the end when I no longer felt so sure. Very satisfying! However, I am wondering where all of the mystery about Gamache and his underlings is headed. Is he about to be demoted from his position as Chief Inspector? If so, why?? Who exactly is it that is conspiring against him, and does it relate to his oft hinted at past when he went against police tradition to bring some dirty cops to justice? All of this happened off-stage so to speak, before the series began. Not all of it has been explained or told of, just yet. And, most vexing of all, what is Yvette Nichol up to, the nasty little creature? I hate being left with more questions than answers, but so it goes. I guess I'll just have to read the next in line. Oh dear, more very late nights.
I like Louise Penny's books more with each one I read. I enjoy her humor and her thoughtfulness, her well-crafted prose, solid characters, and vivid descriptions of the Canadian setting, and of course the fabulous-sounding food. This second book of the Gamache series was a little better than the first, and I'm looking forward to reading more.
I really enjoy this series. Inspector Gamache is a clever but practical guy, and the author writes rather "tongue in cheek" in some parts which adds to the enjoyment. The books in this series are easy and quick to read. All told, I'm a fan of this author and this character.
Chief Inspector Armond Gamache is a wonderful character with many layers to his personality....he is called to investigate a woman's death...a woman who made enemies wherever she went. She is electrocuted in front of many people while watching a curling match. A well written and thought provoking mystery. I really enjoyed this book even though at times I got the characters somewhat confused......
Louise Penny once again delivers a well plotted Gamache mystery along with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. A Gamache anniversary stay at an old lodge in a peaceful setting is turned upside down when a family reunion moves from inner squabbles to the death of one of the family from a fallen statue of its former matriarch. A bazaar accident or was it murder? Another delightful read and an intriguing plot that will keep you guessing to the end.
This story takes place in 3 Pines in Quebec, Canada. Chief Inspector Gamache is an experienced middle aged inspector, kindly and friendly. The death of a new woman to the village, who is not liked by anyone because of her superior attitude to everyone and because of the way she treats everyone, including her 12 yr old daughter, is the mystery, along with the death of a homeless woman. Are they connected? Gamache has already established a good relationship with the people of the village because of a previous death there. This is a warm, fuzzy village with lots of different kinds of people. A fun read.
Several years ago, I read my first Louise Penny novel and instantly became a huge fan of her writing. Before reading this one, I briefly looked at what other fans thought of it, and I saw that some didnt like this one as well as the others.
Im saying right now do not listen to them! I see where theyre coming from, CC is truly despicable and the reader, like CCs peers, will not really feel any sympathy for her. I certainly dont wish anyone ill, whether they are real people or fictional, but sometimes someone just has something coming to them. Rather than feeling extremely sad about CC being murdered, we instead get to see how her behavior in life affected those around her, and that is what inspired sympathy in me.
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