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A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
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A Rule Against Murder (2008)

by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (4)

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Louise Penny does it again.
While not set in Three Pines, Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie are celebrating their anniversary at the Manoir Bellechase. They're not alone - a large family reunion of sorts is also chez Manoir.

Unfortunately, the Chief's anniversary celebration is shortened when the seemingly impossible happens - a large and heavy statue topples and crush-kills Julia - one of the large family members.

Gamache and his team go to work, and no one is without suspicion.

I have grown to really enjoy these complex and intelligent characters and love watching the mystery unfold as I turn the pages. ( )
  CYGeeker | Sep 6, 2018 |
Another winner from Penney! This one is almost a stand-alone in the series as there is no back-story hold over from the first three in this mystery. Based at an Inn in the Eastern Townships (think Manoir Hovey - Penney did!) rather than the town of Three Pines, this time we get to meet the family of one of the Three Pines regulars.... ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
It is the height of summer, and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary at the luxurious, isolated Manoir Bellechasse. But the Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own. As some surprising guests turn up, and a terrible storm leaves behind a dead body, Gamache soon learns that the seemingly peaceful lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them. ( )
  jepeters333 | May 1, 2018 |
Surprisingly Peter Morrow of Three Pines is a member of the very dysfunctional Finney family. Jealousy, egotism, entitlement, contempt, and animosity fill their hearts. Their annual family re-union takes place at Manoir Bellechasse where the Gamaches have come to celebrate their anniversary.

When a woman is killed it is up to Gamache and his team to investigate. They learn much about the Finneys, the Manoir's regular staff and the young summer trainees.

Despite many red herrings, A Rule Against Murder, moves a bit too slowly, and so far is my least favorite of Penny's previous novels. But... because this book, as with all the Gamache novels in the series, contains so much heart and soul, kindness, compassion, love and wisdom which I need in my life nowadays I will continue reading and enjoying Penny.
  Bookish59 | Mar 26, 2018 |
This was by far the best read so far out of all the Penny books. I loved how she brought them out of their element, Gamache is on vacation with his wife when a murder happens and it doesn't take place in Three Pines. Only part of the team is brought in to investigate. It wouldn't be the same if most of the characters weren't there though, so she managed to mix in a little Three Pines time within the story. I was shocked to find out the final outcome, it was someone that I had not even thought of. Completely wonderful and I didn't want to put it down.
  ChelleBearss | Mar 9, 2018 |
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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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Louise Pennyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Chabalier, ClaireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chabalier, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagano, KiyomiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stumpf, AndreaTranslatorsecondary 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.

LARGE PRINT EDITION:(published as THE MURDER STONE)
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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Irene Finney and her four adult children have come together to commemorate their late father's life at a beautiful lakeside getaway. However, past secrets and unfinished jealousies ignite when a corpse is found the day after the ceremony with a slew of possible suspects to blame.… (more)

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