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The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (edition 2013)

by Louise Penny (Author)

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No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as "the beautiful mystery." But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.… (more)
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Title:The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Authors:Louise Penny (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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Amazing character sketch, and surprising finish: the repeating characters really are developing in an intriguing way. I can't wait to see what happens next. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
Exciting! Really enjoyed this one. ( )
  akbooks | Sep 12, 2019 |
I do not even know where to begin. I was so disappointed in this book. I wanted to quit it so often, but friends told me to keep reading as it will help understand the next book.
Boring....until the Superintendent arrived. Then he stirred things up!
I am not happy with the use of the *F* bomb. It seems to be happening more and more in this series and it is so unnecessary. And the monks in the monastery being gay or pedophiles. That wasn't necessary either. ( )
  travelgal | Aug 28, 2019 |
Ugh. I really enjoyed this book, but at the same time I wanted to slap some sense into several characters. I will be reading the next, however, hoping that they will eventually straighten things out. ( )
  duchessjlh | Jul 19, 2019 |
So much to enjoy in this mystery set away from Three Pines, it soared like the plainchants it celebrates, all with an ending that begs you to launch into the next book. ( )
  Oregonpoet | Jul 12, 2019 |
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The “beautiful mystery” of Penny’s eighth Gamache mystery refers to Gregorian chant, plainsong, and its mysterious allure and spiritual appeal even to the lay listener. Playing off the international sensation surrounding the 1994 release of recordings of the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, The Beautiful Mystery finds Gamache and his loyal lieutenant, Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir, being called to a monastery to investigate the murder of a monk.

But it’s not just any monastery, and it’s not just any monk.

The mysterious Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups monastery existed in isolation for hundreds of years, two dozen monks living in the remote Quebec wilderness, accessible only by plane or boat, with a plain wooden door locked to the world. They are the last vestiges of the Gilbertines, an order of monks devoted to plainsong, who vanished during the Inquisition.

Their seclusion came to an end, however, with the release of a recording of their chants, a recording which became a sensation around the world, drawing pilgrims and the press, all of whom met with the locked door at the gate. The door opens to Gamache and Beauvoir, however, as they come to investigate the murder of Brother Mathieu, the choirmaster.

The choir of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups became a sensation on the basis of a single recording, but that success has also created a fracture in the monastic community, “a civil war, fought with glances and small gestures,” which Gamache and Beauvoir discover early on in their investigation. That fracture makes everyone in the once close-knit community a suspect in the choirmaster’s murder.

The mystery – which is in itself compelling, and reminiscent, on the surface and unavoidably, of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose – works as a catalyst for an ongoing series of inquiries into the nature of faith, loyalty and friendship, deepening familiar characters and developing relationships in a realistic, often painful fashion. It’s a stirring, thought- provoking read, less a matter of whodunit than a relentless questioning of why any of us do anything. The Beautiful Mystery satisfies as a mystery, and stands as a powerful literary novel in its own right, regardless of whether one has read the previous seven novels in the series.
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A MONASTERY
Hidden deep in the wilderness are the cloisters of two dozen monks - men of prayer and music, famous the world over for their glorious voices.
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Murder among monks \\ Ganache and Francoeur will fight \\ Not all is resolved

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