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Sous la glace (original 2006; edition 2011)

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Title:Sous la glace
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:A TEMPERA DIFFUSION ACTES SUD (2011), Broché, 352 pages
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A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (2006)

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    I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows and A Fatal Grace are cozy mysteries set in small towns. In each, the victim is disliked by many; thus, many have motives to kill. It is up to the ingenious protagonists to solve the crime.
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    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Cecilturtle)
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    A Stillness in Bethlehem by Jane Haddam (Littlemissbashful)
    Littlemissbashful: Both books feature cerebral detectives in snowbound and idyllic village settings during the Christmas season - The stories take place within close knit communities with hidden secrets and unsympathetic victims. Both have a full supporting cast of characters including various 'eccentrics', feisty old ladies, flaky artists, gay hoteliers, suspect clergy and village scapegoats etc.… (more)

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A Fatal Grace is the second in a series of mysteries set in Quebec in the fictional town of Three Pines. Poor little town has a problem with people dying mysteriously. Inspector Gamache is back to investigate another murder. This time the murder is of CC, a very unlikeable person, so many could have wanted to kill her. I enjoyed this second book more than the first and like the themes in this one. I liked the old ladies (the graces) and this the town itself. I liked the themes of "seeing God in the street person, the sign, and the pie. And of course there is that little line toward the end that will pull you along to find out what happens next. This is a good series, if you like mysteries and series ( )
  Kristelh | May 12, 2016 |
Back in 3 Pines. A very disliked woman is murdered in a very strange way. ( )
  pgabj | Mar 28, 2016 |
So glad I read "Bury Your Dead" first.. I probably would not have continued with this series. This particular book is schmaltzy to say the least. Cloyingly sweet. Drinks by the fireplace, butter dripping off of croissants. People seeing God in strangers across a café. The inspector who thinks more like a sentimental lady than a man. However, great delineation of WINTER. Hoping "The Cruelest Month" is better. ( )
  Elleneer | Mar 25, 2016 |
I enjoyed this second of Louise Penny's stories about Armand Gamache. The story had lots of twists and lots of interesting characters. The mystery was well-written. There are some interesting loose ends about Gamache and a past case involving the Sureté - wonder what will happen next? ( )
  MelAnnC | Feb 29, 2016 |
Three Pines is a small village in Quebec where folks know each other and believe in community. One woman, however, doesn't quite fit in - a self help guru with an arrogant attitude manages to make herself hated by everyone around her, including her family and her lover. When she is electrocuted at the local Curling event in plain sight of most of the village, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a series of complex steps leading to the electrocution that indicate murder. With his usual intelligence and pleasant manner, he and his team seek out the details that will solve the case.

Louise Penny writes real characters, people with whom one could be friends in real life. The mystery is slowly unveiled amidst a separate intrigue that is aimed at the down fall of Inspector Gamache himself. I was riveted throughout. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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For my brother Doug and his family, Mary, Brian, Roslyn, and Charles, who showed me what courage really is. Namaste.
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Had CC de Poitiers known she was going to be murdered she might have bought her husband, Richard, a Christmas gift.
It was almost impossible to electrocute someone these days, unless you were the governor of Texas.
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"Dead Cold" was published in the US as "A Fatal Grace."
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When sadistic socialite CC de Poitiers is fatally electrocuted at a Christmas curling competition in the tiny Québecois village of Three Pines, only the arcane method of the murder is a surprise in Penny's artful but overwritten sophomore effort (after her highly praised 2006 debut, Still Life). CC had cobbled together a spiritual guidance business based on eliminating emotion, but the feelings she inspired in others were anything but serene. Everyone around the cartoonish victim—from a daughter cowed by lifelong abuse to the local spiritual teacher whose business she threatens to ruin—has a motive, and the crime also links to a vagrant's recent murder as well as to the pasts of several beloved village residents. The calm but quirky Chief Insp. Armand Gamache, who arrives in Three Pines from Montreal to head the investigation, is appealing as the series' focus. Though Penny gorgeously evokes the smalltown Christmas mood, the novel is oddly steeped in holiday atmosphere for a May release, and the plot's dependence on lengthy backstory slows the momentum. (May)

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 - 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 du 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 so 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.
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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to investigate a woman’s death, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that no love was lost on Miss de Poitiers. But even if everyone hated her—her husband, lover, and daughter among them—how is it that no one saw her get electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake in the center of town?

Gamache digs beneath the surface of Three Pines to find where the real secrets are buried. But other troubles lie ahead for the detective. It seems he has some enemies of his own…and with the coming of the bitter winter winds, something far more chilling is in store. 

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Sent to a village south of Montreal to investigate the death of CC de Poitiers, an extremely unpopular woman apparently killed in an electrical accident, Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec finds that nearly everyone in town had a motive to kill her.… (more)

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