Penny, Louise. A Fatal Grace. New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008.
A bum meets her death outside a Montreal department store right before Christmas. In nearby Three Pines, an unliked new resident meets her death only a day or two later. It's up to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to find the persons responsible for these deaths. It was fun to revisit the wonderful residents of the delightful village of Three Pines again. Penny is a master at creating likeable characters and charming settings. She is one of today's best writers in this genre. Her plots are interesting, and she is a master at creating a red herring for which the reader (and even the detective) will fall. While it did not affect my like or dislike of the book, this installment in the series had some characters following Eastern philosophies in the plot.