A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace

eBook - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2007]
ISBN: 9781429967242
1429967242
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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JCLHilaryS Aug 27, 2020

This is the 2nd book in the series, often referred to by readers as the ‘Inspector Gamache series’ as well as ‘Three Pines mysteries.’ The second book set in Three Pines, the second murder of this quaint, isolated little town. Personally, I had a more difficult time with this title, because the victim was so difficult to feel sorry for. But the development of the main characters saved it, for me. There’s also a bit of characterization of a house, which I didn’t find particularly bothersome, but didn’t add to the story either.

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blissfulgypsy
Jun 25, 2020

I enjoy the little village that is home to quite a group of people. All of their flaws make them interesting characters.

Gamache fits in perfectly.

Off to read another book

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Oleander1289
Jun 02, 2020

This was difficult to get into. It felt like preparing for a road trip with high-maintenance relatives in that I found myself questioning: do I really want to go on this trip (read the book)? why do I have to figure out so many people's needs (characters) at one time? Now I need to go back home before we even get down the road (backtrack to read about a character again so I can keep them straight). And finally! About 1/4 way through the book, the story gets moving. A lot of work and commitment on my part. And then the author still has to throw in side trips to Gamache's past cases and problems with colleagues. Just get on with the story!

OK. I made myself finish it just as an exercise in self-discipline. But I will NEVER read another Louise Penny book again. I got sick of the unlovable people: CC the murder victim was an abusive mother. Ruth the mean old poet is repulsive. The filthy homeless woman who turned out to be another abusive mother. The twisted Yvette that can only repay kindness with evil.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 24, 2019

A late joiner to the Louise Penny fandom...but I find the community of Three Pines one I really like visiting. I like that the stories don't center on "beautiful people" being "fabulous." These stories feel earthy and real.

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p33atti
Aug 03, 2019

Read this a few months ago.
Was 1/3 of the way in before I started enjoying it.

not a favorite story

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vkreads
Jul 01, 2019

This is the 2nd book in Penny's series of 15 titles thru year 2019.

Smart, enchanting, tempting writing. Curious and wonderful characters with previous lives before ...

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cknightkc
May 15, 2019

Despite a bizarre and far-fetched murder, I enjoyed putting the puzzle pieces together alongside the inimitable Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in A FATAL GRACE. Does the overall mystery rely a little too much on coincidences? Yes, but it’s author Louise Penny’s atmospheric writing and the characters themselves that attract me to this series.

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kkirby221
Mar 17, 2019

Enjoyed this 2nd book in the series. Great story. Enjoyed the character development.

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kirpet
Jan 14, 2019

always a great writer.

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m0mmyl00
Sep 18, 2018

This is the second book in Louise Penny’s series, though not the second of hers I have read. As usual, she chose an interesting tidbit to weave throughout the story. This time, it was the art of painting the inside of a glass ball to create a luminously beautiful Christmas ornament. The villain of the story, CC de Poitiers, named her “philosophy” after this technique; she advocated repressing and denying all emotions, keeping them “inside.” CC herself was particularly suited to this practice, as she was universally disliked by all, including her husband and child, her lover, all the inhabitants of Three Pines, and the reader. She was electrocuted during a curling match (really!) and Gamache sprang into action, ascertaining that it was a homicide rather than an accident as was initially believed. He schooled the smart-ass young upstarts who disrespected his thoughtful approach to investigating the event, figured out the killer, handled the case compassionately toward all, and won everyone over in the end, of course.

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cknightkc
May 15, 2019

"Gamache's job was to collect the evidence, but also to collect the emotions. And the only way he knew to do that was to get the know the people. To watch and listen. To pay attention. And the best way to do that was in a deceptively casual manner in a deceptively casual setting.
Like the bistro.” - p.154

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reeread
Oct 01, 2018

“But it wasn’t the stage that petrified Crie, nor was it the audience. It was what wasn’t there that had stopped her dead in her tracks.
Crie knew from long experience it was always the things you didn’t see that were the scariest.
And what Crie didn’t see broke her heart.”

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reeread
Oct 01, 2018

“But it wasn’t the stage that petrified Crie, nor was it the audience. It was what wasn’t there that had stopped her dead in her tracks.
Crie knew from long experience it was always the things you didn’t see that were the scariest.
And what Crie didn’t see broke her heart.”

PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

We become our beliefs.

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behere
Aug 25, 2015

"Oh, she wasn't very good, but she wasn't so bad either. I mean, really, who isn't cruel and selfish?" Ruth Zardo, the old poet, referring to CC de Poitiers, p 78.

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behere
Aug 25, 2015

"All I have to do is keep throwing light in front of me, and follow the headlights. Eventually I'll get there." Gamache, p 163.

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sra963
Jul 11, 2014

"All the mistakes I've made have been because I've assumed something and then acted as though it was a fact."
Inspector Gamache.

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rogebc_0
Sep 30, 2018

CC de Poitiers is electrocuted in front of a crowd at the big event . . .

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WomanOfMystery
Feb 16, 2012

This is the same book as "A Fatal Grace" but different title.

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