A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: 2

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A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: 2

A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: 2

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CC, who had a "spiritual guidance" business based on eliminating emotion, was hated by seemingly everyone, including her husband, lover, and daughter. I decided that “Chairs might red glass” could be “Jars my tired ass,” because Billy Wms went a different way to the hospital than he did with CC in the truck. In book two, there's another murder to solve for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his crew as the repulsively cruel CC De Poitiers is no more. The difficulty was the sheer nastinesss of C C de Poitiers - she had absolutely no redeeming feature. CC’s murder seems impossible: She was electrocuted at the curling match, in the middle of a frozen lake in front of dozens of witnesses.

The award-winning second novel from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny . Penny continues to explore the larger Sûreté Homicide team, including some quirks in the hierarchy and some new faces, sure to stir the pot in ways that might not have been expected in such a quaint novel. And the cables aren’t short – they run all the way back along the side of the bleachers to behind, where the truck is? Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder--or brilliant enough to succeed?No goddamned enlightenment,' she'd said to Saul in her Montreal office the day a batch of rejection letters arrived, ripping them into pieces and dropping them on the floor for the hired help to clean up. He'd begun to suspect this self-absorbed woman had finally finished absorbing herself, her husband and even that disaster of a daughter and was now busy absorbing him. Then a new team member arrives unexpectedly: Agent Yvette Nichol—”the rancid, wretched, petty little woman who’d almost ruined their last case”—apparently sent by the Superintendent of the Sûreté. It is a book in which the values the story claims to be promoting (compassion, love, generosity, respect for human dignity) are actually entirely undercut by the text itself.

Sure, nobody liked CC, but who hated her enough—and had the expertise—to pull off something like that? But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust. All of this occurs in the dead of winter and the weather itself becomes an important factor in the story. There is the psychological aspect of determining the murderer and motive for committing a crime while also immersing oneself in scintillating scenery and getting to know the personas over the course of this series.

Highly recommended for those who want a ‘quieter’ murder mystery with tons of Canadiana embedded in the narrative. Having done so, I can stand back and dispassionately appreciate Penny's accomplishment; my problem is that this just isn't the sort of book that appeals to me. CC is also having an affair with photographer Saul Petrov, not because she is in love with him but because he’s a very good photographer and she wants him to promote her business, and Saul knows she is using him and dislikes her intensely for it. The only part of this book that I found a bit off-key was a moment between Gamache and one of the town's oldest residents, Em.

I also marvel that someone like me, who is at least as much of a skeptic as Jean-Guy Beauvoir, can find myself wondering about such mysteries as lemon meringue pie. Meanwhile, Gamache is astonished when Clara proudly shows him the Li Bien ornament Peter gave her for Christmas, which is exactly like the ball CC supposedly used as the basis for her garbled philosophy.Some they never got to bury, but instead immortalized in the small stained glass window placed to get the morning, the youngest, light. It is Christmas time in Three Pines but CC de Poitiers manages to alienate everyone she comes in contact with.

That would be more than enough to make me annoyed by this book, but its treatment of the 'good' characters is just as bad -- even worse, in a way, because the nastiness of it is so much more covert. I’ve been to Montreal once in March, so Louise Penny’s descriptions of winter in Quebec seem spot-on, several scenes made me downright chilly!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. She might even have gone to her daughter’s end of term pageant at Miss Edward’s School for Girls, or ‘girths’ as CC liked to tease her expansive daughter. Deliberately electrocuted, the villagers almost seem to be celebrating that the monster is dead and for good reason, but her death is linked to another sad loss nearby. It took a long time for Gamache to make his entrance in this book but I'm getting to know the folks of Three Pines so I enjoy spending time with them, too. I hate the cold, but love reading about places where the snow is metres deep and the water freezes on the end of the firemen's hoses as they try to put out a fire.



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