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A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2) by Louise Penny

By Louise Penny

Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for top Novel!

Welcome to wintry weather in 3 Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, the place the villagers are getting ready for a standard state Christmas, and anyone is getting ready for homicide. not anyone cherished CC de Poitiers. now not her quiet husband, no longer her spineless lover, now not her pathetic daughter—and definitely not one of the citizens of 3 Pines. CC de Poitiers controlled to alienate each person, correct up till the instant of her death.

When leader Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is named to enquire, he speedy realizes he's facing somebody fairly remarkable. CC de Poitiers used to be electrocuted in the course of a frozen lake, in entrance of the whole village, as she watched the yearly curling match. And but nobody observed something. Who might have been insane adequate to attempt one of these macabre approach to murder—or awesome adequate to succeed?

With his trademark compassion and braveness, Gamache digs underneath the idyllic floor of village existence to discover the harmful secrets and techniques lengthy buried there. For a Quebec wintry weather isn't just staggeringly appealing yet lethal, and the folk of 3 Pines recognize higher than to bare an excessive amount of of themselves. yet different risks have gotten transparent to Gamache. As a sour wind blows into the village, whatever much more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

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The window opened silently. She knew she was limber enough to wriggle through, even when encumbered by her vest and her belt. Question was, did she want to do this? Ramon was out of his mind​his wife, Maria, had been very clear on that point, expressing herself vigorously in both English and Spanish. He was drunk and angry and out of work, and when he got that way, no one could reason with him. She​d called 911 from a neighbor​s home, and the RTO had put it out over the air ten minutes ago. ​ C.

Decomposition was advanced, and the smell was bad. Walsh tried to suppress his gag reflex as the gassy stench wafted up into the overhead fans. Sarandon scalpeled the skin and muscle off Martha​s chest wall, then bisected her ribs with a bone cutter. The chest plate came loose and was laid aside. He hummed something by Rachmaninoff​the Second Piano Concerto, Walsh thought. He knew these things. His mother had forced him to take piano lessons as a kid. Body fluids began running in the gutters of the sloped table.

When she dropped onto the cot, the springs creaked, but she was pretty sure the sound was inaudible in the front room, drowned out by the baby​s cries. C. J. shifted her service pistol into a two-handed combat stance. She didn​t want to use the gun. Only once in her three years on the force had she shot anybody, and even then, the injury hadn​t been fatal. She didn​t deserve the damn nickname the other Newton cops had given her, and she didn​t want to start living up to it now. The baby began to sob.

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