a fatal grace
No one liked CC de Poitiers.  Not her quiet husband, not her spineless daughter.  Not even the kindly residents of Three Pines, the idyllic Quebec village where CC was casting her shadow, even at Christmas.

At the annual Boxing Day curling match, CC is murdered, electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake in front of the entire village.

Once again Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to Three Pines.  With his trademark compassion and courage Gamache digs beneath the surface and finds the dangerous secrets long buried and frozen.  But something equally chilling, and unexpected, is coming for Gamache himself.
Read A Review:

Remarkably, Penny manages to top her outstanding debut. Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives.

Starred Kirkus Review

A highly intelligent mystery. Penny's new title is sure to creat great reader demand for more stories featuring civilized and articulate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

Starred Library Journal

Penny writes like a modern-day Agatha Christie, with a little Dylan Thomas thrown in for good measure. Her characters leap from the page, her plotting is sublime, the atmosphere she builds in a bitter Quebec winter in Dead Cold, completely chilling.

Mike Gillespie, The Ottawa Citizen