A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #2)

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #2)

by Louise Penny
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A Fatal Grace (Armand Gamache Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
lostwithoutabook More than 1 year ago
Louise Penny is one of the few authors who can combine strong and singular characters, lyrical writing style and satisfying plots into an immensely readable book. Her characters in the Three Pines series become neighbors that you grow to both love and sometimes, not so much, as each develops into complex and very human dimensional character. The plots are vehicles for the character development, but they are well thought out and progress at a pace that does not bore. It is with the side plots where I feel she truly excels - this is where you will Penny offering day-to-day situations and exploring the motivations for our actions that all people deal with. There are endless topics here for book clubs to discuss. But foremost for me is her style of writing. She is a wordsmith. The well- crafted sentences, finding the precise word and turning a phrase that conveys meaning in a near poetic manner makes her works a joy to read. She is an author who will remind you why it is you love to read. The series does not have to be read in order, but if you do, the characters will unfold in a graceful way. "A Fatal Grace" is the 4th of the series I have read, and it's one of my favorites so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now in my 3rd Three Pines mystery, so obviously, I like them. Armand Gamache is a character that I really love and want to continue reading about. In fact, the goings-on at his police dept. trump the dramas at Three Pines. One has to keep reading to see if he figures it all out. This particular Three Pines mystery was a good one. I just had a problem with the murderer--I'm not convinced that that person had the intelligence and cunning to pull that off. Other than that, I have only praise for the book and highly recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries and doesn't love gratuitous violence and gore.
alb04 More than 1 year ago
This is book for serious readers as well as plain, unashamed mystery lovers. I've read all the books in the series about Chief Inspector Gamache and the Surete de Quebec. Like the others in the series, this would be a great choice for club discussions, whether of writing technique, plot construction, psychological insight, personalities of the main characters, implied social commentary...and more. There's a lot of meat in these stories. Louise Penny's novels are novels first and mysteries second, which is what I like best about them. They are also told in a vice that give the reader almost as much information about their author as she provides for her characters. Setting, characterizations (a special challenge because this is part of a series that contains only a few new people in each story) all are without fail surprising, illuminating, and above all, to me--real. I admire the moral messages in each book of the series that are delivered so painlessly and intrinsically.
-JACKI- More than 1 year ago
Penny has a real insight into people and a wonderful way of creating a cozy atmosphere, small town living. Compelling characters and brain teasing who-dun-it. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Another hit!! A couple of other books that are on my "masterpiece shelf",...EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by Linda Pirrung and THE HELP, by K. Stockett.
booklover52NJ More than 1 year ago
Once I read one book by Louise Penny, I ordered all her others from B&N -- I wasn't disappointed... as a matter of fact, I've ordered her next one!
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I very seldom read a book again, with the exception of Louise Penny. Penny's books bring tears of sadness and happiness to me. I would love to meet Clara and see her paintings. And I feel a kinship with Ruth, that old woman with a gruff exterior and a heart of gold. Three Pines, the village, stands as a Brigadoon that only a few chosen people find and enjoy. Each character has an interesting personality. The three older women show the strength and vulnerability of these three friends. I notice that this book points to a future book, How the Light Gets In, many times. Inspector Gamache is one of most favorite detectives. Whenever I feel my life hitting snags, I think of Gamache, and know I need to try harder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Penny's books are so enjoyable to read and I can't wait for each new one to come out. This book is entertaining and a great read. Her characters are interesting and I find myself really caring about them.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
This series could be described as 'Lake Woebegon' with murders. The writing is sharp with effective dialog. The reader is transported to Three Pines and becomes immersed in the idylic life of the village. The mysteries are believable, the tension builds nicely and the endings are realistic and satisfying. If you're looking for several hours of enjoyment, these books are well worth the investment.
EJA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the setting and the style which reminded me of Elizabeth George. The "suspects" were well done and hard to pinpoint which made it exciting. I liked the characters very much.
LilyLangtry More than 1 year ago
Well, I am truly enamored with Louise Penny after reading the second in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, not only for the mystery aspects but her insights into the human psyche. Anxious to continue sharing the lives of Three Pines with Gamache's and his cohorts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is great---it does not just go on and on about the crime---but gets one invol ved with the people, history, etc. Hope she continues with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blackie11 More than 1 year ago
The setting is during the winter, illustrating the beauty and challenges of the snow and cold in this quaint village. This especially resonated with me as I read the story in December. The characters are so well developed that you feel you know each of them and are a part of their little community. Ms. Penny's structure is reminiscent of the Grand Dame Agatha Christie as she drops clues along the story's journey which are individually examined by her version of Hercule Poirot, who then weaves them together at the end of the story. Very entertaining. Turning from chapter to chapter, you find that you've started the next book. I recommend, though not required, that the books be read in order so you get to know the characters and references to prior books make better sense.
sequim More than 1 year ago
I am now on #7 in the series and I've loved every book! The ongoing people in the books are interesting and it's also nice to get so much histery and ambiance of Canada in this mystery series.
KrisPA More than 1 year ago
I really didn't think I would like these books because I am not crazy about cozy village mysteries, but I like the characters and Gamache. Even though I had figured out who the murderers were fairly easily, I still enjoyed the book. I'm very caught up in Gamache's problem with this previous Arnot case and the continuing fall out from it. Also I'm very intrigued by Agent Nichol--she is a puzzling and unlikeable character, but you think she might be redeemable. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book to see who is working against Gamache and trying to bring him down and how he will handle that problem. The only thing I don't like about this series is how long it takes to get into the plot, and the excerpts of (character) Ruth Zardo's poetry is getting excessive. A little of that goes a long way. Otherwise, I enjoy the time I spend in Three Pines and would love to visit and get a bite to eat at Oliver's bistro.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Three Pines, Quebec socialite CC de Poitiers runs a successful personal guidance business based on her book Be Calm until she participates in the local Yuletide curling competition only to be electrocuted. Montreal Chief Inspector Armand Gamache arrives at the tiny village to lead the official inquiry into what appears to be a tragic accident.----------- Armand interviews the victim¿s submissive spouse and overweight daughter, a lover, a rival self-help guru, curling competitors and officials, and some townsfolk. All seem to have alibis, but share in common a universal loathing of CC. In fact each person questioned paints a picture of an abusive ugly person and that the culprit should be honored not arrested. Thus everyone he has talked to especially the family members has a motive for killing the apparently odious CC de Poitiers most had an opportunity though they offer alibis.----------------- When Gamache is front and center investigating the death, A FATAL GRACE is a superb police procedural when the plot refers to the past especially that of the odious deceased it loses momentum. Still the story line contains a fine whodunit as it appears that much of Quebec wanted the nasty CC dead and several had the opportunity to fix her equipment and that make for a bunch of suspects for the police and readers to sift through and find out who, of all those who wanted her dead actually, acted on the desire.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 27 days ago
I've just gotten into this author and have thoroughly enjoyed her books. This is no exception!
Anonymous 8 months ago
So enjoy reading Louise Penny's works. I want to live in Three Pines and meet Ruth and Gabri and Olivier and all the rest!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love these characters
Anonymous 10 months ago
I absolutely love this series. I have recommended to many of my friends and there has been not one person disappointed with these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll remember your name when i'm buying books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story flowed nicely. Turns and twists till the end. Characters very believable and comfortable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Penny knows how to do it all! She achieves a perfect balance in developing the various plots, characters, settings, and themes, and the "atmosphere" always is deliciously mysterious. aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the characters and setting will charm you, where the mystery will unfold slowly but surely in the hands of an excellent author. Humor mixed with thought and feeling. Who wouldn't want to live in Three Pines, or at least spend some time there for a cafe au lait, French Canadian pastry, and conversation? I will be back for more books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago