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Title:The Beautiful Mystery
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Another great installment!
I'm not a fan of Jean-Guy and found him thoroughly annoying in this book but I'm confident that Louise Penny will redeem him somehow....as she did Yvette Nichols (who I miss).
This is a lovely, peaceful story (despite the murder) set in an old monastery in a reclusive Quebec setting.
Can't wait to read the next installment. I'm kind of bummed that there are only 2 more books left in this series. ( )
  PetraBC | Jan 11, 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 |
This is the eighth book in the Inspector Gamache series and the only one so far that doesn't have anything to do with Three Pines. That's rather refreshing but at the same time I miss the inhabitants of Three Pines of whom I have become very fond. Yet, the richness of detail in this book about the setting makes up for not getting further details about Three Pines.

Gamache and Beauvoir have to go to a remote monastery to investigate a homicide. The monks of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups are a religious order that maintains a vow of silence. Recently, however, their voices have been heard across the world since a recording of their Gregorian chants was released in order to earn money for much needed repair of the building. There are only twenty-four monks in the order but now one has been killed and only another brother could have committed the murder. The victim was the prior who led the choir. As Gamache and Beauvoir discover, the prior was the head of one faction in the monastery who wanted to make another recording and also tour to raise more funds. The abbot and some of the monks were opposed to this as it would mean breaking their vow of silence. So, one of the questions is was this rift the reason the prior was killed? Another question is why did he carefully protect a piece of music that appears to be a Gregorian chant but is nonsense and far more complex than an ordinary chant?

The title refers to the effect that Gregorian chants have on those who sing and hear them. People report being transported to a place of peace and harmony when they sing and hear the chants. As the prologue puts it "The monks believed they were singing the word of God, in the calm, reassuring, hypnotic voice of God." Written music first appeared when an unknown monk annotated the chants with neumes which are short, squiggly lines that imitate a hand leading a choir. Before this music was learned orally and changes crept in. Once the neumes were added singers could replicate exactly what the original monks had sung.

I had never thought before about musical notation and now I'll never look at a sheet of music the same again.

This book also fleshes out the growing gap between Gamache and his superiors in the Surete. Nothing is finalized in this book but it's pretty clear that there has to be some kind of resolution soon. Beauvoir is drawn into this conflict in this book and things don't look good for the Inspector. Obviously I am going to have to read the next in the series very soon. ( )
  gypsysmom | Dec 22, 2014 |
Oh, poor Jean-Guy! ( )
1 vote AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
This is the only one of Louise Penny's Gamache mysteries that I didn't love. I liked it--but I didn't love it. For the first time I was quite able to put down a Penny novel and leave it for a day or two without having to find time to keep reading.

A monestary from an order that most of the world thought had disappeared centuries earlier, suddenly produces a recording of beautiful Gregorian chant. Even people who do not usually listen to classical music find themselves stirred by the sounds. Gamache and Beauvoir need to go to this monestary, in one of the most remote areas of Quebec, because one of the monks has been murdered. A murdered monk in twenty-first century Quebec is itself a shock--but when the murderer is obviously another monk, well...

Within this framework the ongong subplot of the Gamache mysteries is developed. Will the corruption in the Sûreté be revealed and eliminated and suddenly the head of Quebec's most elite police force arrives at the monestary--but is it to help Gamache or to cause more obfuscation? At the same time Jean-Guy must confront his demons and face some realities he does not wish to face.(less) ( )
  M.J.Perry | Aug 31, 2014 |
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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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