Book review: In ‘A Fatal Grace,’ electrocution occurs on a lake during a curling match

By LARRY BALLWAHN | Wilton

Louise Penny’s “A Fatal Grace” is the second book in the “Chief Inspector Gamache” series. Like its predecessor, it is set in Three Pines, Quebec. Many of the characters are the same, but a new person has arrived. CC de Poitiers has bought the old Hadley house, with its questionable reputation, and moved in with her husband and badgered daughter. Quickly disliked, de Poitiers is suddenly electrocuted on a lake during a community curling match. Initial reaction is that it can’t be done, but apparently it has been.

Enter the Provincial Police Force of Quebec. Inspector Gamache’s team, headquartered in the fire station, sets to work. Assignments are given, carried out and reported on. Gamasch does many of the interviews, being familiar with the people from the earlier case. His second in command is usually with him to serve as a sounding board.

It turns out to be electrocuted, de Poitiers must touch charged metal with bare hands (it’s below zero Fahrenheit) and be in contact with a liquid on the ground, but not be insulated by rubber soles. And where is a power source on a lake?

Since de Poitiers was so disliked, the list of suspects is long, but how many of them are capable of such an intricate endeavor? And aren’t there easier ways? That in itself must mean something. And so Gamache and the team begin to piece together the clues. And the reader sees enough of them to draw some conclusions. Are they the same conclusions as those of Chief Inspector Gamache?

Through both books, there are references to Gamache’s questionable relationship with headquarters; it is well into this book that you begin to get the details. Dealing with that problem brings another level of difficulty to the solution of the case; even then no solution is reached.

“A Fatal Grace” is worth reading just to find out if it is really possible to electrocute someone on a lake at a curling match. You might also wonder, with all the problems, some of which I haven’t mentioned, does the crime get solved or is the solution to be continued?

Comments are closed.

  • Letter to the editor: Little towns still have heart despite floods

    March 14th, 2019
    by

    Little towns are still the best. I needed my car started, as it had set too long without me running it.


    Letter to the editor: Vote for Brian Hagedorn for Wisconsin Supreme Court

    March 14th, 2019
    by

    April’s spring election is right around the corner and more important than most people realize. Madison liberals are aiming to tip the balance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


    Letter to the editor: If investigated, Clinton would be in electric chair

    March 7th, 2019
    by

    I have to laugh at the diligence they are giving to the Donald Trump investigation.


    Letter to the editor: Forward Ontario

    March 7th, 2019
    by

    Our community will work with an area artist to create a mural that will be placed on the side of the municipal building on the hill that faces the intersection of Highway 131 and Highway 33.


    Letter to the editor: All judges show bias

    March 7th, 2019
    by

    A tsunami of laughter swept across Wisconsin in January 2019 in response to Brian Hagedorn’s announcement that he is a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


  • Letter to the editor: President has encouraged toxic atmosphere

    March 7th, 2019
    by

    FBI data released last year: Hate crimes are up 17 percent in 2017 over 2016, the third consecutive annual rise.


    Letter to the editor: Our drinking water is at risk

    March 7th, 2019
    by

    Without water, there can be no life! Without clean drinking water, we are dust.


    Letter to the editor: Background on Ho-Chunk funds

    February 21st, 2019
    by

    In reference to the Feb. 7 edition of the County Line regarding the funds from the Ho-Chunk Nation.


    Editorial cartoon

    February 21st, 2019
    by

    […]


    Your right to know: Obey law on public employee records

    February 7th, 2019
    by

    The behavior of public employees on the job is subject to public scrutiny in nearly every circumstance under Wisconsin law.


    Letter to the editor: New generations, please grab the torch

    February 7th, 2019
    by

    Much appreciated the Jan. 31 BackTalk. Brilliant! I hope a student goes for it and has lots of classmates and parents to back her up.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives