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This is a compelling mystery series and I can't wait to read more! It's not often that I want to re-read mystery books but I already sense that I will revisit Inspector Gamache again. This second in the series is about words--from hidden meanings to literally written on the wall. And the setting of Three Pines, Quebec, Canada, is as a character, too.

From the publisher:
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 Sûreté du Québec, 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.

And there is subtle humor, too:
“Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable," said Gamache. Seeing Beauvoir's puzzled expression he added, "Emerson."

"Lake and Palmer?"

"Ralph and Waldo.”
― Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace


Sandra said...

Before I read her latest book, I went back and re-read the entire series. Like you, I am an avid reader and do not often go through books a second time. Louise Penny's books are worth it. In my opinion, Armand Gamache is the perfect man.

Ellen said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and have started rereading them. Her stories are great, and I enjoy the characters and the community of Three Pines. A new book will be out in November, 2018, I believe.