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review 2017-08-18 19:51
Three Pines in Winter
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny

I maybe said, don't leave me when I finished this book. I swear, the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is becoming a fast favorite with me. We have Gamache reappearing in Three Pines again after the murder of a loathsome woman. I think that Penny, just like Christie, has a way for villains in her books. I was flat out over the woman that we get insight into after the first couple of pages.

 

"A Fatal Grace" follows Three Pines residents about a year after the murder that took place in the last book. Residents are still getting over the fact that a murderer lived among them for so long. They have a new family that moves in, but many of the residents are rightfully not that engaging with the family cause they are a grotesque family by name and blood. CC de Poitiers is a vapid woman who believes that she has the new big thing that millions will fall in line for called "Be Calm." She writes a book that she is sure is a best seller and seems to hate her husband and her daughter. Heck, she hates her lover as well. One wonders if there was ever anyone that CC did love, but that's a different book.


When CC dies in what looks to be an accident, Gamache is called onto the scene and quickly deduces murder. The problem is trying to remove people from their suspect list since it seems that CC ran afoul of everyone.

 

I think that what also made this a cool read for me was that we have Gamache's nemesis from the last book show up. I won't get into that here, spoilers and all, but there seems like there is something afoot that can end up hurting Gamache and boy oh boy was I yelling at him by the end of the book. Guess I will have to see how this plays out.

 

I will say that this book more than even the first gives you great insight into Gamache and what ultimately moves him. He lives by a different code that would not be out of place several hundred years before the time this book takes place. 

 

I loved revisiting Three Pines. It's starting to be a wee bit like Cabot Cove or one of the Midsomer villages though. Cause after this latest murder, have to wonder how many people from the first two books will be left. 

 

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review 2017-07-15 04:57
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny - My Thoughts
A Great Reckoning - Louise Penny

And Louise Penny hits it out of the park once again.  I cannot tell you how much I adore her characters and her stories and her insight into the human mind and all the messy emotions that roil within. 

Yes, there's a murder mystery in the story, but Gamache stories are SO SO much more than just a murder mystery.  It's the motives, the whys, the reasons that people do what they do, are who they are and the choices that we all make. 

When I finish one of Louise Penny's books, I always feel so inadequate when writing up my thoughts.  All I can say aside from professing my love for the characters old and new, the familiar locations in which the stories are set, the puzzlement of the mystery and how it manages to affect the denizens of Three Pines, and the easy yet deep way the books are written is that I wish there were a ton more to read.  This is the 12th book in and I haven't felt once that I was reading a retread of what had come before.  Armand et all always have something to teach me.  Some surprise, some twist, some truth I hadn't seen. 

I think I spent the last 20 or so pages of the book wiping tears away.  Rip my heart out, Louise!  Rip it right out!  *LOL* 

I am sad because I have no Gamache books left to read.  I'd been hoarding this last one for the longest time.  The next one, #13, comes out at the end of August but I find the $16 price tag a bit rich for my budget right now.  But as SOON as I can, I'll be adding it to the library, anxious to read of what's next in the lives of my favourite members of the Sureté du Quebec.

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review 2017-05-30 21:11
Really Enjoyed First Book in This Inspector Gamache Series
Still Life - Louise Penny

Thanks to all who recommended this one! It was really good. I can't wait to get my hands on book #2. This first book had a lot of twists and turns. I honestly didn't know who done it or why. But once you get to the end everything is revealed. 

 

I think this is the first book I have read that is set in Quebec. That alone intrigued me. But reading about Inspector Gamache and his methods was a lot of fun. 

 

I thought the writing at times was lyrical. And I loved how Gamache was able to just find out more by listening. He is definitely someone you want to be your mentor and the one woman who is trying to do her best to show how smart she is, who keeps showing again and again why her being in law enforcement is probably not a good fit. 

 

"Still Life" investigates the death of Jane Neal. Jane has lived in Three Pines, Quebec her whole life. A local artist who has never shown her work until now. When one of her paintings gets approved to be in a local art show, Jane is killed days later. Found in the woods and shot by a bow, there are several people who may have wanted Jane dead. Though many think it was an accident, Gamache realizes fairly early on that it was murder. 

 

I think ultimately this book was about jumping to conclusions about people based on what they say. Ultimately actions are what are important. I would love to visit this village again since we get enough foreshadowing that something evil still lurks there at the end of this book.

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text 2017-03-28 01:23
Finished it!
A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) - Louise Penny

And I guessed whodunnit too.

 

But just a note to the eBook publishers... it's the Montreal CANADIENS not CANADIANS. 

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text 2017-03-25 17:29
It's been too long since I was in Three Pines
A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) - Louise Penny

CC de Poitiers is such a bitch! I can't wait for her to be murdered. And seeing as the first line of the novel tells me that's going to happen, I don't think it's a spoiler. 

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