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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:Your library, MYSTERIES
Rating:****1/2
Tags:kindle, gamache 8, 2013, mystery

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  Perednia | Oct 16, 2016 |
An interesting book as it get out of three pines and doesn't have all the same characters. Confine in a Abbey, only a handful of people, the mystery is more interesting. The tension that develops between the main characters (Gamache and Beauvoir and Francoeur) is interesting. I can't wait to see where this will take us. ( )
  ct.bergeron | Aug 16, 2016 |
I really enjoy books where I learn something. In addition to being an engaging story, I learned a lot about Gregorian Chants, which I love. The writing is very engaging, but I get upset when there are obviously evil people who get away with it all, and on top of that hurt other people. That was the only part of the book that I didn't really like. I may continue reading the series. ( )
  billlund | Jun 27, 2016 |
The eighth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series has Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his second in command Jean-Guy Beauvoir arriving on a secluded island where a group of monks who have taken a vow of silence have lived in their monastery, hidden from the world. For hundreds of years, it was thought that the Gilbertine monks no longer existed, that is, until they release a beautiful recording of gregorian chants that enchants not just the Canadians, but the rest of the world. Why is Gamache there, you ask? Murder of course. The choir master has been murdered, and it is up to Gamache and Beauvoir to solve this "closed room" mystery. Of course the arch villain, Gamache's superior, Chief Superintendent Sylvain Francoeur, arrives to do devilment. The cliff hanger ending had me pulling up the next book right away. ( )
  NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312655460, Hardcover)

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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