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I have been reading a series of detective novels set in a charming village in Canada, where the people eat fabulous food, live together in loving company, celebrate the seasons with art and verve, and are constantly opening yet another bottle of excellent wine. Cheers! A votre santé!

And, oh yes, they murder each other on a regular basis.

It’s just like one of those adorable little villages in England, swarming with criminals, blackmailers, rapists, and serial killers: the game’s afoot, and it’s time to call Inspector Morse, or Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, or Lord Peter, or Miss Marple!
Or, if you’re in Three Pines, Quebec, it’s time to call Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec!

As our story begins, it is Christmas in the charming village of Three Pines, and the snow is falling, and the whole place looks like a magical Christmas card. The lights! The decorations! The baskets filled with home-baked sugar cookies, the antique glasses brimming with golden whisky glowing in the firelight!

And the woman electrocuted at the curling match on the frozen lake!

How was she electrocuted, you will ask. Well, the cables from the generator to the giant heating lamp were clipped to a metal chair which she touched. But wasn’t she wearing gloves? Well, yes, but she took them off! But it was below freezing–WHY did she take them off? Because of a hot flash–which was caused by a dose of niacin sneakily added to her herbal tea! AND her boots weren’t rubber soled because she was a vain bitch who liked killing baby seals, AND the murderer had slyly poured some antifreeze on the ground AND–well, anyway there came a moment when I thought, NO WAY. I am working and working on suspending my disbelief but you lost me with the antifreeze business. AND the boots made out of baby seals with metal cleats on the soles.

So I created a scale of believability for mystery plots.

A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny? That would be a 4.
I read it cover to cover however…


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