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A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

A Rule Against Murder (2008)

by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (4)

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That was a really interesting story. I think my favorite so far in the serie. I liked the fact that all the suspect were isolated, in a Auberge, cut out of the rest of the world. A really good Gamache story. This one didn't delve so much in what is happening with the Arnaud case and that was refreshing. ( )
  ct.bergeron | Apr 19, 2016 |
Another Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, but not in the setting of Three Pines. This story takes place at "Manoir Bellechasse" and involves the Morrow/Finney family and their convoluted secrets. It takes quite some time before the murder occurs - lots of background covered about the family, the Gamaches, and the manor staff. There are some interesting characters in this novel - to say the least. ( )
  MelAnnC | Feb 28, 2016 |
This book was not set in Three Pines which disappointed me at first. By the end of the story I was happy to have met some new characters to hopefully revisit. ( )
  dogear360 | Feb 20, 2016 |
In this episode, Armand Gamache and his wife are staying at their favorite hotel deep in the woods of Quebec when murder strikes. (A statue falls on one member of a cold, embittered family.) As always, I love Gamache, the chief investigator, and it was interesting to finally learn about his parents.

Like most Louis Penney mysteries, the story is character- versus plot-driven. If you're looking for a fast-action novel, this isn't it. If you enjoy delving into personalities, motivations, and relationship dynamics, this is. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is the fourth Louise Penny mystery for me, and I consider it the most enjoyable of the lot. I suspect it is because we learn a lot more about Inspector Gamache's past. He's clearly becoming more likeable to me with each installment. He's fast becoming a favorite, almost on par with Harry Bosch. ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 12, 2015 |
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Louise Penny applies her magic touch to A RULE AGAINST MURDER, giving the village mystery an elegance and depth not often seen in this traditional genre.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Louise Pennyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chabalier, ClaireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chabalier, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagano, KiyomiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stumpf, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werbeck, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At the beginning of summer the guests descended on the isolated lodge by the lake, summoned to the Manoir Bellechasse by identical vellum invitations, addressed in the familiar spider scrawl as though written in cobwebs.
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'The Murder Stone' is the title for the Canadian and British publications of the book which is published in the United States as 'A Rule Against Murder'.
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From Louise Penny's web site:

THE MURDER STONE is the fourth Chief Inspector Gamache mystery, and the last in the seasonal cycle that began with STILL LIFE.

THE MURDER STONE is set over the course of one summer week at the Manoir Bellechasse, a remote luxury inn on the shores of Lac Massawippi, in Quebec. It's to this inn that Armand Gamache has brought Reine Marie to celebrate a wedding anniversary. But while they're surrounded by nature, it soon becomes clear there's something deeply unnatural there with them. Perhaps it's the Finney family. Cultured, gracious, the more they smile the more vicious they become. Perhaps its one of the young workers at the remote Manoir, suffering cabin fever so far from civilization.

Guests go to the elegant old inn to escape the past. But it comes looking for them. And as the stifling heat closes in, as the humidity rises, as a terrible summer storm approaches and crashes into the old log lodge, it finds them. A body is discovered. It's up to Chief Inspector Gamache and his team to figure out how the victim could have been murdered, and who among them did it.

The chase takes him to the village of Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own past, and finally to a harrowing climax.

'The mind is its own place,' Gamache quotes. 'And in itself Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.'

At the lovely Manoir Bellechasse he finds both.

I did want to mention that this book will be published January in the United States, but under a different title. They were inspired by an exchange between two of the characters, and have chosen the title, A RULE AGAINST MURDER.

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn near the village of Three Pines. The Finney family - rich, cultured and respectable - has arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful inn is surrounded by nature, yet there is something unnatural looming. When a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body, it is up the Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles.
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In this classic drawing room mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is looking forward to celebrating his wedding anniversary at the remote, luxurious Manoir Bellechasse. As Gamache's holiday becomes a busman's anniversary, he learns that the seemingly peaceful lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them.… (more)

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