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 nation Christmas, and anyone is getting ready for homicide. not anyone beloved CC de Poitiers. no longer 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 every person, correct up until eventually the instant of her death.
When leader Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is termed to enquire, he speedy realizes he's facing anyone fairly striking. CC de Poitiers used to be electrocuted in the course of a frozen lake, in entrance of the complete village, as she watched the once a year curling match. And but nobody observed whatever. Who might have been insane adequate to attempt one of these macabre approach to murder—or outstanding sufficient to succeed?
With his trademark compassion and braveness, Gamache digs underneath the idyllic floor of village existence to discover the harmful secrets and techniques lengthy buried there. For a Quebec iciness isn't just staggeringly appealing yet lethal, and the folk of 3 Pines recognize greater than to bare an excessive amount of of themselves. yet different risks have gotten transparent to Gamache. As a sour wind blows into the village, whatever much more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.
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The car pulled up outside a high-roofed, pebble-dashed building with narrow, church-like windows. A well-kept notice advertised that this was Thornton Lacey Village Hall. Beneath the gold and black lettering a typewritten sheet supplied the menu of activities that could be sampled in the hall during the current week. Last night, for instance, the Village Amenities Committee had met. And tonight the Old Time Dancing Group was scheduled to waltz, fox-trot, two-step, and polka its way down Memory Lane.
The first pallid cit. Soon there must have been droves of them. And they were still coming. He recalled as he had driven in that morning an arrowed notice on the outskirts of the village had directed their attention to a High Class Development of Executive Residences. It had made them laugh to think of Colin and Rose in such company. Many things had made them laugh on the journey. With an effort of will he returned his attention to the village. Pallid cits had to be catered for. There was a ladies' hairdressing salon very tastefully slotted beneath an awryly-timbered top storey.
He motioned Pascoe to move out before him, and let him wait by the car while he exchanged a few more words with the inspector. The street was surprisingly empty. The sun had grown warm as the morning progressed, but Pascoe shivered from time to time as he waited for Backhouse to come and start the short journey back to Brookside Cottage. Chapter 3 Their driver parked the car on the grass verge about forty yards from the cottage. The assortment of vehicles scattered in the immediate vicinity prevented a closer approach.