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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: May 2014 ISBN: 9781427258328
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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!

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—and 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 de 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 no 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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • “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
  • “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 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 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 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 Zinnia Blom | 2/10/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jackie | 2/6/2014

    " The second book in the Three Pines series, another cozy mystery with Gamache. This time a very unlikable character is electrocuted on a frozen lake. Be calm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Buehl | 2/6/2014

    " I really liked this edition of the Inspector Armand Gamache series. The story was great, lots of twists and turns with a few side roads to bring in other characters. In the end, they all tie together. I love Louise Penny's characters because they have so much depth. A very good read, with many twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nouna | 2/3/2014

    " This is my first reading of Louise Penny and must say that I truly enjoyed her book. The details are excellent and not overwhelming. Her description of a Canadian winter, the Quebec Christmas traditions as well as the houses and clothes at this time of year, are very realistic. The suspense is very enjoyable, even though I kinda figured out the ending earlier on in the story. Can't wait to read more of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellyn | 2/1/2014

    " Pretty dark. I prefer happy silly mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/30/2014

    " Love this series. Live the characters. Plot twisters galore. Can't wait to start the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shasta | 1/18/2014

    " I am really loving this series. Not only are they great murder mysteries, but the characters are lovely and memorable. There is gentleness and wisdom in these books -- very unusual for the genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Box | 12/11/2013

    " I cannot wait to renew my acquaintance with these wonderful characters and this well drawn place. A chilly mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I'll be back Louise Penny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare Tissiman connolly | 11/26/2013

    " well written but nothing new "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barrie | 11/25/2013

    " I always enjoy Louise Penny's books. Makes me happy that I don't live in that northern climate, and the food is a nice addition to make the characters more familiar and likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marialyce | 10/26/2013

    " I like the characters but I did find this story a bit long winded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sjhart | 10/26/2013

    " I am really enjoying these!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 10/12/2013

    " I loved this story. Ms. Penny has created an alternate reality. One that I will certainly revisit time and time again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/5/2013

    " I <3 these characters so much! Well except for Nichol....BLAH! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 8/25/2013

    " First Armand Gamache series book I have read. Character development is great but the mystery is a bit transparent and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/9/2013

    " I liked the second book of this series equally as well as the first. Looking forward to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelei | 3/21/2013

    " I'm enjoying this series, but I'm far more intrigued by the characters and the back story that's developing than I was by the murder mystery in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 10/22/2012

    " I really enjoy Ruth's poetry. I'd be thrilled if Ms. Penny were ever to release a book of Ruth's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/5/2012

    " My favouite mystery writer is now Quebecker Louise Penny. Wow, what great books! Great characters and great settings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " Encore meilleur que le premier! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbe | 5/9/2011

    " Another excellent Penny/Gamache mystery. She's a wise, witty author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this Armand Gamache mystery even better than the first.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/28/2011

    " The second in the series, it continues along with all the characters from Three Pines that we met in the first, with some new ones too. A fun addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Averil | 4/13/2011

    " I enjoyed the look into life in Quebec and very interesting and likeable chief inspector Gamache.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 3/26/2011

    " It is a little strange, but I still can't put it down. Love the characters, and the humor. I finished it a few days ago. I will probably read more of hers, but she is not my favorite.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnne | 3/26/2011

    " I am so pleased that the setting of this series didn't change. I am still loving the Quebecois references and the characters.This series is a gem "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 3/21/2011

    " 3.5...I think I'm going to like this series. Complex and interesting...and learning a bit about Quebec. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petula | 3/20/2011

    " The plot was fairly ridiculous, but it was still enjoyable enough to warrant 3 stars.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 3/16/2011

    " I had only the read the first book in this series. It is well writen and a page turner. It takes place in Canada and there are lots of ongoing characters in the small town of 3 Pines. For a small town they have their share of murders. Entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 3/12/2011

    " This is a great series to read. It's fun to get to know the characters. Even though I guessed who did it, I still enjoyed the adventure. And you really never know til the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/3/2011

    " A darkly enjoyable and literary mystery. Penny turns a phrase with exceeding skill. I am reading these out of order, but does not really matter as many of the characters are in most of these novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 2/26/2011

    " Was sad to finish it. No more Louise Penny books to read til a new one comes along. "

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About the Author
Author Louise PennyLOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.