Dead Cold

Dead Cold

Large Print - 2007
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Publisher: Oxford : ISIS, 2007.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780753177808
Characteristics: 444 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: A fatal grace.
A fatal grace.


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Mar 30, 2021

Three Pines, a small picturesque town in Quebec, is where all the serious action takes place. Christmas is a very magical time for the villagers in Quebec, however, this Christmas, someone is preparing for murder. Inspector Armand Gamache, the chief inspector of town, has a long list of suspects. His primary approach to solving murders is very unique. One day, when Gamache is called to investigate, he instantly realizes that this crime scene is out of the blue. CC de Poitiers, an extremely despised woman in town, was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake during the annual curling tournament. Inspector Gamache learns that nearly everyone in town had a motive to kill her. Louise Penny’s creation in her writing is so lyrical and unique making the structure of the book so riveting. I would highly recommend reading this book if you are in the mood for a fast and easy-to-read crime mystery.

Feb 09, 2021


JCLHilaryS Aug 27, 2020

This is the 2nd book in the series, often referred to by readers as the ‘Inspector Gamache series’ as well as ‘Three Pines mysteries.’ The second book set in Three Pines, the second murder of this quaint, isolated little town. Personally, I had a more difficult time with this title, because the victim was so difficult to feel sorry for. But the development of the main characters saved it, for me. There’s also a bit of characterization of a house, which I didn’t find particularly bothersome, but didn’t add to the story either.

Jun 25, 2020

I enjoy the little village that is home to quite a group of people. All of their flaws make them interesting characters.

Gamache fits in perfectly.

Off to read another book

Jun 02, 2020

This was difficult to get into. It felt like preparing for a road trip with high-maintenance relatives in that I found myself questioning: do I really want to go on this trip (read the book)? why do I have to figure out so many people's needs (characters) at one time? Now I need to go back home before we even get down the road (backtrack to read about a character again so I can keep them straight). And finally! About 1/4 way through the book, the story gets moving. A lot of work and commitment on my part. And then the author still has to throw in side trips to Gamache's past cases and problems with colleagues. Just get on with the story!

OK. I made myself finish it just as an exercise in self-discipline. But I will NEVER read another Louise Penny book again. I got sick of the unlovable people: CC the murder victim was an abusive mother. Ruth the mean old poet is repulsive. The filthy homeless woman who turned out to be another abusive mother. The twisted Yvette that can only repay kindness with evil.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 24, 2019

A late joiner to the Louise Penny fandom...but I find the community of Three Pines one I really like visiting. I like that the stories don't center on "beautiful people" being "fabulous." These stories feel earthy and real.

Aug 03, 2019

Read this a few months ago.
Was 1/3 of the way in before I started enjoying it.

not a favorite story

Jul 01, 2019

This is the 2nd book in Penny's series of 15 titles thru year 2019.

Smart, enchanting, tempting writing. Curious and wonderful characters with previous lives before ...

May 15, 2019

Despite a bizarre and far-fetched murder, I enjoyed putting the puzzle pieces together alongside the inimitable Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in A FATAL GRACE. Does the overall mystery rely a little too much on coincidences? Yes, but it’s author Louise Penny’s atmospheric writing and the characters themselves that attract me to this series.

Mar 17, 2019

Enjoyed this 2nd book in the series. Great story. Enjoyed the character development.

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May 15, 2019

"Gamache's job was to collect the evidence, but also to collect the emotions. And the only way he knew to do that was to get the know the people. To watch and listen. To pay attention. And the best way to do that was in a deceptively casual manner in a deceptively casual setting.
Like the bistro.” - p.154

Oct 01, 2018

“But it wasn’t the stage that petrified Crie, nor was it the audience. It was what wasn’t there that had stopped her dead in her tracks.
Crie knew from long experience it was always the things you didn’t see that were the scariest.
And what Crie didn’t see broke her heart.”

Oct 01, 2018

“But it wasn’t the stage that petrified Crie, nor was it the audience. It was what wasn’t there that had stopped her dead in her tracks.
Crie knew from long experience it was always the things you didn’t see that were the scariest.
And what Crie didn’t see broke her heart.”

PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

We become our beliefs.

Aug 25, 2015

"Oh, she wasn't very good, but she wasn't so bad either. I mean, really, who isn't cruel and selfish?" Ruth Zardo, the old poet, referring to CC de Poitiers, p 78.

Aug 25, 2015

"All I have to do is keep throwing light in front of me, and follow the headlights. Eventually I'll get there." Gamache, p 163.

Jul 11, 2014

"All the mistakes I've made have been because I've assumed something and then acted as though it was a fact."
Inspector Gamache.


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Sep 30, 2018

CC de Poitiers is electrocuted in front of a crowd at the big event . . .

Feb 16, 2012

This is the same book as "A Fatal Grace" but different title.

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