The falling snow brings a hush to Three Pines ' until a scream pierces the air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Heading the investigation, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache unravels the dead woman's past and discovers a history of secrets and enemies. But Gamache has enemies of his own. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is sneaking up behind him'
'No mystery reader will regret the time they spend in the snowy village of Three Pines' -- Quill & Quire 20061001 'Beautifully written... With DEAD COLD, Penny has firmly established herself among the best in Canadian crime fiction' -- Calgary Herald 20061012 'Such a joy from beginning to end that it's almost impossible to put down' -- Hamilton Spectator 20061014 'Sooner or later, the whole world will discover Penny. With a unique sense of timing, patience and subtle wit, Penny is able to create a whodunit that recalls those of Agatha Christie' -- Chronicle Herald 20061018 'Dark, witty, delicious... Acast of characters both engaging and repellent, fiendish clues, clever red herrings, and an original plot in which events come together in a maelstrom of fire and ice' -- Sherbrooke Record 20061013 'The writing is superb and the descriptions of Canadian village life and its lively characters bring it all to life... A magnificent read, with full marks for inventiveness and sheer descriptive power' -- Tangled Web 20061230 'A resounding success. Plan on setting some time aside for this book - it's that good' -- Ontario Record 20070106 'Good entertainment' -- Sunday Telegraph 20061008 'A wonderful novel of mystery. It is as deeply layered as snow drifting down over snow. The cold will seep into your bones' -- Shots magazine 20061001 'Gamache has the same mellowed intelligence [as] Maigret. The setting is wonderfully done, as are the characters' -- Toronto Globe and Mail 20061015 'Chief Inspector Gamache is all set to become a popular series hero' -- Literary Review 20061101 'A very strong offering...highly-impressive world-building.Dead Cold"showcases a selection of fascinating, complex characters' -- Reviewing the Evidence 20061101 'Remarkably, Penny manages to top her outstanding debut. Gamache is destined to become one of the classic detectives' -- Kirkus 20070221 'Soulful Chief Inspector Gamache sleuths his way through...an apparently idyllic communitywhich isenjoyably defiled by a grisly crime' -- The Times 20070506
Louise Penny has worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with expertise in hard news and current affairs. She lives in Quebec with her husband and their two golden retrievers.