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“This series just gets better and better. The characters and the town of Three Pines are wonderful and inviting. I'm very curious to see what is going on with agent Yvette Nichol.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is the second installment in the author's mystery series featuring Inspector Armand Gamache in the idyllic hamlet of Three Pines. I felt as if I were an actual visitor there and acquainted with all of the characters that inhabit this town. Louise Penny is a fine writer and her stories are complex and interesting. The contrast between the beautiful town and the terrible crimes committed make for compelling reading. I am looking forward to the third book - which I have already ordered.”Alice B. wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“11/13: Well, now I'm into the Inspector Gamache series, so I'd like to read this one.
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“Gotta love the characters and the town in this series. Also, always a good mystery to solve!”Elizabeth E wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An excellent second book in Penny's Three Pines series. Even though I figured out the odd set of killers midway in the book, it was still a good read. ”P 50 ten wrote this review Monday, October 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Inspector Gamache is a thoughtful, intuitive man when it comes to persuing the pieces and assembling the puzzle of a mystery. I enjoyed the snowy atmosphere of Quebec, the quirky characters, and the tangent storylines that unraveled throughout the novel. I'll read another of Penny's mysteries soon!”Johna L. wrote this review Saturday, October 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Inspector Armand Gamache goes to Three Pines to investigate the murder of CC de Pointiers, a dreadful woman who kills her own mother who grew up in Three Pines and who became a bag lady. CC's daughter in turn kills her. The village characters, three of whom ban together to protect their childhood friend's granddaughter, as well as Gamache and his associates make for an interesting story.”Patsy T wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A Fatal Grace begins with a murder. Actually, that's not quite right. It begins with the residents of Three Pines preparing for Christmas. The newest addition to the village, CC de Poitiers, should probably have avoided buying the old Hadley house. People might have warned her but for the fact that CC had a tendency to make enemies wherever she went. She was quite an unpleasant woman by all accounts except her own, so no one is particularly remiss when CC dies. The circumstances surrounding her death are peculiar, to say the least, and so Gamache is sent to Three Pines once again to investigate. He and his team immediately note the fact that no one mourns this woman's passing and are quick to conclude that her death was no accident. But with a town full of potential suspects, Gamache and his team will have their work cut out for them in weeding out the true killer.
While it has taken me a while to get into this series, I do thoroughly enjoy Three Pines and the characters that Penny has created. Were it not for all of the murders (and the fact that the town is fictional) I'd probably move to Three Pines in a heartbeat! Penny's created setting is picturesque and ideal in every way - making it an excellent setting for a mystery series. It isn't hard to believe that a quaint and perfect little town might be hiding so many deep and dark secrets. That's part of what makes the series so deliciously enjoyable!
So far I do feel comfortable in saying that the installments can each somewhat easily be used as jumping off points for the series (so far meaning books one, two, and five). This second in the series does discuss the happenings of book one, however, so there are definite spoilers should you read Still Life after having read A Fatal Grace.”
“The first book I read in the Inspector Armand Gamache series was THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY and loved it. I then started the series at the beginning and this is book #2. I liked book #1 and liked this one more. It takes place again in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, but this time the villagers are preparing for Christmas. Gamache is working on 'cold cases' when called to investigate a murder there. I loved reading the story because how can you not love the character Gamache or the beautifully described Canadian winter scenes that had me feeling a little chilled, too! Gamache also uses 'the psycology' like the other famous detective Poirot when solving a case. His friend and assistant Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir is not a very likable character, but I keep hoping the goodness and compassion in Gamache will rub off and change him. The 'who dunnits' weren't difficult to guess, but there was always a little something I didn't figure out fully. One murder plot was a bit difficult to imagine happening but again I really didn't care because it's almost secondary to the captivating experience of reading a Louise Penny story.
“Small town mystery--fun.”Lisa H wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Second in the series. Loved the Canadian winter description as well as Inspector Gamache and the folks from Three Pines. The mystery was filled with surprises and, yes, there is a bridge into book 3. I am eager to read it.”EISSPE wrote this review Sunday, July 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No