Dead Cold

Dead Cold

Book - 2006
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A New York Times Bestseller

'Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Quebec police is one of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction ' The Times

Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past. But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust...

' A cracking storyteller , who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves
Publisher: London : Headline, 2006
ISBN: 9780751573329
Characteristics: 314 p
Alternative Title: Fatal grace


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Nov 30, 2018

The second book in the series, and even though it is not among her best, Penny is so far above most mystery writers that it is still outstanding within the genre. She's really just getting started here, folks.

Sep 18, 2018

This is the second book in Louise Penny’s series, though not the second of hers I have read. As usual, she chose an interesting tidbit to weave throughout the story. This time, it was the art of painting the inside of a glass ball to create a luminously beautiful Christmas ornament. The villain of the story, CC de Poitiers, named her “philosophy” after this technique; she advocated repressing and denying all emotions, keeping them “inside.” CC herself was particularly suited to this practice, as she was universally disliked by all, including her husband and child, her lover, all the inhabitants of Three Pines, and the reader. She was electrocuted during a curling match (really!) and Gamache sprang into action, ascertaining that it was a homicide rather than an accident as was initially believed. He schooled the smart-ass young upstarts who disrespected his thoughtful approach to investigating the event, figured out the killer, handled the case compassionately toward all, and won everyone over in the end, of course.

Mar 06, 2018

Only a Canadian could write a novel about murder at a curling rink!

Mar 02, 2018

The first book or 2 I read of Louise Penny’s seemed enjoyable enough. As I have twice tried to read a couple more, I cannot stand the sarcasm. I’m not sure what she has against God and religious denominations, but she sure is cynical. I don’t really care for her vulgar humor either. Guess she will be struck from my list of authors to follow.

Sep 05, 2017

I saw a TV interview with Louise Penny and thought I'd give her books a try. I am reading the 3rd one and am enjoying them. Not over the top excellent writing, but intriguing story lines. I described it to a relative as sort of 'Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys' for adults.

Enjoyable reading.

Aug 28, 2017

While I enjoyed the first book in the series (Still Life), I found this one more entertaining, at least in the writing. The plot is satisfyingly complex, although I found the solution to the murder a little too much of a stretch. I usually avoid mysteries that are marketed as "laugh out loud" funny, and even though this one isn't like that, some of the dialogue was pretty witty -- maybe Louise Penny needs to write screenplays and infuse some intelligence back into the movie world.

ArapahoeNancy May 01, 2017

This is the first book that I have read by Louise Penny. The book takes place in Three Pines a small town in Quebec, Canada. Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the town to investigate the murder of an unpopular author that recently moved to the town. Just about everyone has a motive to kill. This book kept me turning the pages to find out the answer.

rb3221 Apr 06, 2017

Lots of intrigue and suspense with a few unexpected twists. This is a fascinating mystery with an ending that may surprise some readers yet the murder itself is somewhat bizarre and implausible. I especially enjoy Gamache's style as not your usual detective but rather one who talks to the residents of Three Pines to get to know these vividly portrayed, fully explored characters. This is his quiet and efficient way of solving the murder.
Will the next book let us know what is happening to the generally disliked Yvette Nicol and will we discover the unresolved mysteries surrounding Gamache's past with the Arnot case? An entertaining and very satisfying read and onto the next one. I am enjoying the series.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 01, 2017

The second Gamache novel again finds the inspector in Three Pines, a small village, off the map, with a higher than average chance that the residents will wind up dead. Not the best of the series, but like Murder on the Orient Express, there are too many suspects and a corpse over whom no one will mourn.

Oct 27, 2016

I found the plot a bit contrived, relying on unlikely coincidences, and the saccharine villagers a bit cloying, although I would love to eat at the bistro! Still, the book engages the reader and makes us root for these sentimental, good people.

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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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