A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
A Three Pines Mystery
St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York, 2006
Borrowed from the library.
“Cosy” mysteries are not usually my cup of tea but Louise Penny is such a fine author that I plan on reading all of her books. This is the second of the Three Pines mysteries.
A women has been murdered. CC de Poitiers was new to town and, so far, had not made a very good impression on its inhabitants. She was murdered in front of many people and no one saw a thing. Electrocution on a frozen lake while watching a curling match? The Surete du Quebec sends Chief Inspecter Armand Gamache to investigate.
Penny has a wonderful way with her characters. The residents of Three Pines all have their quirks and their failings, their relationships are not perfect but they are all very human. Even the grumpiest curmudgeon is likable.
Inspector Gamache is wise and compassionate, one of the kindest characters I have come across, but he is dealing with his own past and not always sure of the next step to take. And this murder is so odd, how could someone have electrocuted the victim in the middle of a frozen lake, and what could the motive be?
Louise Penny tells a wonderful story, one that seems light on the surface but carries great depth. She has been winning awards for her mysteries and I look forward to reading the next in this series.
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