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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date:
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No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet, ineffectual husband. Not the pallid, spineless photographer who was her lover. Not even her tremendously fat, fourteen-year-old daughter Crie, dubbed “Brie” by her hateful classmates. And certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC managed to offend right up to the moment of her death.

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. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The cozy mystery, which aims to charm as much as challenge, has a graceful practicioner of that artful dodge in Louise Penny. The New York Times Book Review

  • A traditional and highly intelligent mystery….sure to create great reader demand for more stories featuring civilized and articulate Chief Inspector Gamache…. Highly recommended. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Remarkably, Penny manages to top her outstanding debut. Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • For all the perplexing mechanics of the murder, and the snowed-in village setting, this is not the usual "cosy" or even a traditional mystery. It's a finely written, intelligent and observant book. Imbued with a constant awareness of the astonishing cold, this perfect blend of police procedural and closed-room mystery finds its solution, as in the best of those traditions, in the slow unlayering of a sorrowful past. Houston Chronicle
  • Gamache, a smart and likable investigator--think Columbo with an accent, or perhaps a modern-day Poirot--systematically wades his way through the pool, coming upon a few surprises along the way....This is a fine mystery in the classic Agatha Christie style, and it is sure to leave mainstream fans wanting more. Booklist
  • This book is a small and perfect literary jewel. Penny is the best writer of traditional mysteries to come along in decades. I haven't read a book this beautifully written since A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. Kingston Observer
  • Very simply, I loved this book. I expect you will, too. Mystery Scene magazine
  • The cast of A Fatal Grace is a marvelous mystery….the plotting is intricate, the pacing perfect, the writing brilliant….Ms. Penny leaves a bit of a cliffhanger for readers to ponder until the next installment. It can't come soon enough for me. Cozy Library blog
  • A cerebral, satisfying novel….it transcends genre, giving a thoughtful look at the human soul and the divine presence….A Fatal Grace has a grace all it's own. I Love a Mystery blog
  • Louise Penny's A Fatal Grace is one of the best mysteries I've read this year. Lesa's Book Critiques
  • There are portions of this book that are so beautifully written they stick with the reader for months….As I read this I thought if Emily Dickinson ever came back to Earth, it might be an a mystery writer. Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore
  • The beauty of Louise Penny's auspicious debut novel, Still Life, is that it's composed entirely of grace notes, all related to the central mystery of who shot an arrow into the heart of Miss Jane Neal....The dear old thing had hidden depths, courtesy of an author whose deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot. The New York Times Book Review on Still Life
  • Terrific. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. A winning traditional mystery. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Still Life
  • Cerebral, wise, and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Still Life
  • A gem of a book....a beautifully told, lyrically written story of love, life, friendship, and tragedy. Booklist (starred review) on Still Life
  • This cerebral mystery...is a rare treat. People on Still Life
  • A perfectly executed traditional mystery. The Denver Post on Still Life
  • Don't look for the hamlet of Three Pines anywhere on a map of the countryside outside of Montreal, although Louise Penny has made the town and its residents so real...that you might just try to find it. Chicago Tribune on Still Life

  • “The cozy mystery, which aims to charm as much as challenge, has a graceful practitioner of that artful dodge in Louise Penny.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “For all the perplexing mechanics of the murder, and the snowed-in village setting, this is not the usual ‘cosy’ or even a traditional mystery. It's a finely written, intelligent and observant book. Imbued with a constant awareness of the astonishing cold, this perfect blend of police procedural and closed-room mystery finds its solution, as in the best of those traditions, in the slow unlayering of a sorrowful past.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “A traditional and highly intelligent mystery…sure to create great reader demand for more stories featuring civilized and articulate Chief Inspector Gamache…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Remarkably, Penny manages to top her outstanding debut. Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • "Gamache, a smart and likable investigator—think Columbo with an accent, or perhaps a modern-day Poirot—systematically wades his way through the pool, coming upon a few surprises along the way…This is a fine mystery in the classic Agatha Christie style, and it is sure to leave mainstream fans wanting more."

    Booklist

  • Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • A 2008 Audie Award Finalist for Best Mystery Book
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2007 American Bookseller Association Book of the Year Nominee
  • A 2007 KLIATT Editor’s Choice Audiobook
  • Winner of Agatha Awards - Winner, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna Agnelly | 2/15/2014

    " This series just keeps getting better. Backtracking after reading Book 6 this book (#2 in the series) is terrific - wonderful twists and turns. I'm really enjoying the relationship between Gamache and his assistant, Beauvoir. And there are some wonderful bits of humor in this book - no spoiler here - Beauvoir comes down with the flu, Gamache puts him to bed and tells him he has an appointment and has to leave but will be back - Beauvoir comments that he will be dead by then and Gamache dead pans back, "I'll miss you." What is it about men and getting sick! This came across so humorous to me - I am listening to these books as I drive back and forth to work - the reader is absolutely wonderful which just adds to the charm, warmth and depth of these books Another thumbs up. Book #3 is ready to be listened to. Such an enjoyable series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicki | 2/14/2014

    " Wonderful, readable, love the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian Maicke | 2/13/2014

    " The second book featuring Inspector Gamache. A well written mystery deserving of all the acclaim. My only minor quibble is that the Chief Inspector of all of Quebec seems to only solve murders in one small town which is eventually going to start stretching my suspension of disbelief muscle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zinnia Blom | 2/10/2014

    " Wonderful book with very good environmental and personal stories. Recommended! "

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