Published: May 15, 2007
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.
Five stars *****
Again, I was lucky enough to find the audio version so I didn’t have to butcher all the French names and places.
This is only the second book in the series but I LOVE it.
I love the chemistry between all the villagers of Three Pines and the area itself is described as “quaint”. It makes me what to be there.
I don’t like how behind the scenes a supposely best friend of Chief Inspector Gamache is putting a mole in his team to spy on him and try to bring him down and get him to resign. I have my fingers crossed that he won’t get his way.
The murderer turns out to be someone unexpected and made a a great end to the story,
Currently looking for the audio version of the next book…