Monday, March 01, 2010
A Fatal Grace/ Dead Cold
Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely love her Inspector Gamache series. I listened to this book with Candleman on a trip to southern Utah in Nov. It was not his choice but he ended up loving it.
This is book 2 in the series. I'm sure it is advisable to read this series in order especially to follow the continuing story of Gmache's enemies in the force. Unfortunately, I've been reading them out of order and don't feel like it's detracted from the storyline too much.
I love coming back to this fictitious village just south of Montreal and reconnecting with the people. They are real, flawed and multi-dimensional - just the type I would love to have for neighbors. Most of them, anyway. The setting makes me long to visit that area again. It reminds me a a beautiful little town called Knowlton we visited that is real and is located just south of Montreal. Absolutely picturesque and filled with charm. That's how I think of Three Pines.
The mystery is complex and was hard for me to solve. One of the things I like best about Penny's books is the wisdom sprinkled throughout. I am going to need to reread this one so I can book dart those many passages I loved while listening to it.
If you haven't picked up one of these books in the Armand Gamache series, I highly recommend you do. Start with Still Life.
A Fatal Grace is the title used in the U.S. Elsewhere it goes by Dead Cold. Why they can't use the same title is beyond me...