Dead Cold, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow.

It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air.

A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted.

Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past.

But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751547436



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Penny's novels aren't great for the mystery (I discovered the murderer half-way through), but they are great for the sensitivity and incredible character development. No one is who he or she seems : they all have a compelling complexity that makes them attractive and loveable - even when they're brash or egotistical. The literary allusions and poetry infused through the story makes this series a book lover's delight.The bizarre murder and network of friendships and relationships are what make this novel a page turner. I read it in a few hours engulfed by the quirks of personalities and impatient to see the patchwork revealed. These stories just get better and better; the implied cliff hanger, just makes the reader want to reach out for the next!

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