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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
Collections:police procedural, read in 2012, series
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Tags:Canadian Literature, murder, mystery, locked room mystery, humor, suspense, contemporary literature, 2012

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A locked-door mystery. Gamache and Beauvoir seclude themselves in a monastery to figure out who among the freres killed the prior. A good stand-alone in this series and the best entry so far. Penny just keeps getting better. Especially enjoyed the repartee and relationship developments between Gamache and Jean-Guy, but it all took such a desperate turn that I'm grateful I'm binge-reading these and don't have to wait for the next one to be published to start reading. ( )
  beaujoe | Jun 14, 2015 |
Chief Inspector Gamache and his agent Beauvoir investigate a murder of a monk at a reclusive monastery where the monks are known for a recording of their chants heard on the radio. Then, their superintendent shows up unexpectedly to help. Later, a Dominican monk from a higher order shows up to help the monks. In both cases, Gamache thinks they aren’t telling the truth as to why they are there.

This was a solid, well-written story with several mysteries going on. For me, it was a bit slow at first with extensive detail about the monks and chants. As the two subplots unfolded, it became more interesting. Overall, I liked it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Mar 25, 2015 |
Inspector Gamache and Jean Luc Beauvoir are summoned to a very remote location in the wilderness of Quebec to investigate the murder of a monk in a small abbey. Only 24 men live in the abbey so the list of suspects is limited. The centrl character of the book is the Gregorian chant which is central to the lives of these isolated monks. The relationship between Gamache and Beauvoir is well done but the appearance of Chief Sylvain Francoeur is a surprise. Well written story. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Feb 8, 2015 |
I met someone who said they only read mysteries. I said I almost never read mysteries. He said I should try this one. What a strange book. I mean that in the most complementary sense. The author really created a surreal world populated by incomprehensible people making incomprehensible choices, and I didn't care, because Louise Penny's take on why a monk might commit murder seemed as plausible as any other reason might be. I was captivated by the idea of this monastery and the people who lived there. ( )
  poingu | Jan 29, 2015 |
Inspector Called in by Prior to investigate the death of the choral director at an isolated monastery. Slow development of story, and much retelling of earlier crimes involving the policemen. Decided Louise Penney s books need to be read in order to follow the retelling. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jan 8, 2015 |
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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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