A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Paperback)

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The village of Three Pines is preparing for the Christmas holidays when in the midst of the festivities socialite CC de Poitiers is found murdered. But this is no ordinary homicide...CC is electrocuted on the ice during a curling match in front of the whole town. Can Chief Inspector Gamache solve this bizarre case? This story will play with all of your emotions with its well-crafted combination of humor, suspense, and hope for human goodness. Excellent!

— From Staff Picks - Julie

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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.
No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter--and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.
When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Surete du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder--or brilliant enough to succeed?
With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

About the Author


LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montreal.

Praise For…


"Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie, and while there is a surface resemblance there, it sells her short." --Booklist (starred review)
"[Penny] continues to deepen and modernize the traditional 'village mystery.'" --People
"Louise Penny applies her magic...giving the village mystery an elegance and depth." --New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312541163
ISBN-10: 0312541163
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 15th, 2011
Pages: 313
Language: English
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Novels