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The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (edition 2012)

by Louise Penny

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Title:The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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I really enjoyed this novel! Louise Penny really did an excellent job with developing the characters and the plot. This story takes place in a monastery in the wilderness of Quebec. These monks live in complete isolation, praying, working within the monastery, and singing - singing beautiful Gregorian chants - all 24 monks have been recruited from other monasteries for their voices and devotion and skills. Chief Inspector Gamache and his second Inspector Beauvoir are sent to the monastery because one of the monks is dead - murdered by one of their own. It all started with a recording of the chants which sold more than the monks ever believed possible. ( )
  MelAnnC | Feb 29, 2016 |
This was quite different from the Three Pines mysteries. It was set in a monastery. Evil inspector Francouer is prevalent in this book. Again I'm left unhappy with the state of affairs in the ending. Onto the next of the series to clean up the current mess! ( )
  nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
First of all, this is book 8 of a series of mysteries involving Inspector Gamache, and I haven't read the others. It has made me want to read the others, not because I couldn't understand the characters or the situation, but because I want to know even more about them. Inspector Gamache and his deputy Beauvoir are intelligent, multi-faceted men in pain from past events, and in this book end out investigating a murder in a monastery deep in the woods of Quebec.

I love Penny's descriptions of the music, the chants at the center of this mystery, and their effect on people. The two main characters' emotions and reactions are achingly true to human nature. The Beautiful Mystery is a beautiful mystery, beautifully written. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
wow so disappointed. i can't explain why without giving away major plotr points but. sooooooooooooooooooooooooo disappointed. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
wow so disappointed. i can't explain why without giving away major plotr points but. sooooooooooooooooooooooooo disappointed. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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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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The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time
 
 
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 Sûreté du Québec. 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.

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When a peaceful monastery in Quebec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Saurete du Quebec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.… (more)

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