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....
Coming soon: Book 3 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, The Cruellest Month. It's Easter, and on a glorious Spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead. When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A séance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death.
©2006 Louise Penny (P)2006 Hachette Audio
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"A Mystery that keeps the attention - Excellent!"
I love a story that makes me think, "I know who the killer is" and then in the end ...
The wisdom of Inspector Gamache is truly inspiring. His love for people also reminds me of my love for people. I identify with a lot of the characters in this book even the killer in the end.
Yes, the plot is very good and I was pleasantly surprised when the real killer was identified.
This one is good but I like it when I don't notice the voice because I get caught up by the story. He read Still Life a little better. But I would still look for other books read by him. The timbre in his voice adds to the story and does not subtract from it.
Yes definitely. This was the best book that I have listened too since 2014.
Yes, Louse Penny - keep them coming!!! Watch out Michael Connelly!!
"Great depiction of life in a colder clime"
Another beautifully written book. A lot of laugh out loud moments for those familiar with life where winters and spring are often very cold and for people who live in areas or families where English and French are spoken equally. The fire scene was astonishingly well done. Once again the narrator has kept the language authentic whether people are speaking their own language or not.
"A good story"
Love these stories. Love the wacky characters and how their lives progress from book to book. Also love that they're set in Quebec. She's a visual writer and almost paints her scenes on the page (in your ear). The description of the Canadian winter is enough to set your teeth on edge, especially for those of us who live it. Only criticism is that the village seems a tad stereotyped, a bit like a Canuck postcard. But, life may actually be like that in the Eastern Townships. Highly recommend.
Enjoyed the first book thought worth giving the 2nd book a go and now I am hooked on the series.
"How I would love to visit Three Pines"
Dead Cold is the second in the Three Pines series of novels. I found myself immersed in the characters and setting of the village in rural Quebec. The descriptions are wonderful without interupting the flow of the plot
I enjoyed the under plots, I love the characterisation and the development of these from the first book. Familiarity with the characters spikes imagination and makes the village come to life
The performance is wonderful. Adam Sims gentle tone and delivery is in complete empathy with Louise Penny' s style. I hope he continues to perform the remaining books as I cannot believe anyone else could help to produce such a complete package
As I listen to this series of books I find I am falling a little in love with CI Gamache, who comes across as a gentle giant among men, someone who would listen to your problems and care.
My only regret is that Three Pines, Ruth, the B&B and all are not for real. When hearing these books it is easy to imagine their lives carrying on, not in a literary parallel universe but across the Atlantic in Quebec
"Excellent start to an outstanding series"
So vivid is the depiction of the inhabitants and landscape of Three Pines that it is hard to believe it is not real. No Olivier and Gabri and their b and b with the best food and atmosphere you could imagine. No Ruth the damaged poet, no lovely Clara adorned with croissant crumbs, no Myrna, kind and insightful. And worst of all no Inspector Gamache the man you learn to love with a passion for his faults as much as his strengths. Thank goodness Louise Penny is continuing to chronicle the story of her remarkable characters with insight, compassion and a steely eyed honesty. Adam Sims does a remarkably good job of reading the books.
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