By Louise Penny
Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for most sensible Novel!
Welcome to wintry weather in 3 Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, the place the villagers are getting ready for a normal kingdom Christmas, and anyone is getting ready for homicide. nobody beloved 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 everybody, correct up till the instant of her death.
When leader Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is termed to enquire, he fast realizes he's facing somebody really awesome. CC de Poitiers used to be electrocuted in the course of a frozen lake, in entrance of the whole village, as she watched the once a year curling match. And but nobody observed something. Who might have been insane adequate to aim any such macabre approach to murder—or exceptional sufficient to succeed?
With his trademark compassion and braveness, Gamache digs underneath the idyllic floor of village lifestyles to discover the harmful secrets and techniques lengthy buried there. For a Quebec wintry weather isn't just staggeringly attractive yet lethal, and the folk of 3 Pines be aware of larger than to bare an excessive amount of of themselves. yet different hazards have gotten transparent to Gamache. As a sour wind blows into the village, anything much more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.
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That morning as I made the detour from the A&P, the sun already blazed so hot you wanted to stand under a tree and do nothing. I hadn't thought about it being Sunday until no one at Aurelia's duplex answered the door. From the porch I could hear a trumpet running scales, the notes as light and sweet as the early-morning dew that had fallen on Mama's laundry because she'd never taken the time to bring it inside. I stood for a minute, listening, before I rang the bell again and pounded so hard that the screen rattled.
Sometimes I thought I'd go nuts if she didn't stop talking about how Mr. Kelly's nickname for his daughter was Graciebird, or how her first commercial featured her spraying a can of insecticide around the room, or how, at the beginning, most directors she auditioned for found her too tall. I was sick to death of hearing the story of how, when Grace was a teenager, she stood on the front seat in a convertible and steered the car with her feet. I was scrounging through my pocketbook, looking for my coin purse, thinking how my sister drove me out of my wits because she couldn't talk about anything besides Grace Kelly, when Jean came and dragged me down the narrow staircase.
Because, used to be, every time I found a friend, I ended up having to give her away. I ended up having to give my friends away to protect them from Daddy. This thing that had been born on the day of the grass reed grew into many afternoons, a series of quick whispers and giggles in which Aurelia let me in on details of her family. I felt like I had known Eddie Crockett and Aunt Maureen a long time before I met them. Aunt Maureen, who'd raised Aurelia from a baby after her mother had taken off, who wouldn't let you in through the front door before she tried to feed you.
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