Thursday, May 28, 2020

Book Beginnings: A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny (first published 2006)
Second book in the Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series

Opening Lines
Had CC de Poitiers known she was going to be murdered she might have bought her husband, Richard, a Christmas gift.

About the Book
The falling snow brings a hush to Three Pines – until a scream pierces the air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Heading the investigation, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache unravels the dead woman's past and discovers a history of secrets and enemies. But Gamache has enemies of his own. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is sneaking up behind him. (GoodReads)

Initial Thoughts

Hmmm?  So now I'm wondering why she didn't buy the poor guy a Christmas gift. Even though she didn't know about her impending demise.

I just finished the first book in this series (Still Life, 2005) last week, and liked it so much that I just had to go ahead and read the second book right away. Actually, that doesn't happen very often for me – I usually allow some time between books in a series. But Chief Inspector Gamache is such an attractive character, I felt like I wanted to spend a little more time with him. From the reviews of this one, it seems to be just as good as the first book (it won the Agatha Award for Best Novel), so I have (as usual) high hopes.

Have a good weekend, everyone.
Stay safe. Stay calm. And happy reading!

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.  As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. That is an eye catching opening line. I'd like to continue.

  2. I'm with you. Why didn't she buy her husband a gift? My Friday quotes

  3. I have read the first three books in the series and really enjoyed them. Then I was distracted by other books. I want to read more! Here's mine:

  4. Hi,
    Sounds like my kind of book, I'll be adding this to my
    TBR list...have a great day!

  5. I'm wondering too why she didn't buy a gift. Maybe she hadn't gotten around to it. I'm on the wait list at my library for the 1st book. Soon, I hope.

    My Friday post.

  6. Like I said when you read the first book, I love this series! I think I like this second book even more than the first. She really hits her stride. It is funnier and the characters really start to develop.

  7. I've never heard of this series before, but it sounds like one I would enjoy!
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair


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