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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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One of his best because of the way it was written. Gamache is on vacation with wife when a statue falls on a family member there for a homecoming. It is a real whodunit. ( )
  pgabj | Jun 6, 2017 |
In the series so far, this is my favorite. I never figured out the perpetrator or why, and got to learn more background on both Gamache and two of the inhabitants of Three Pines. Very entertaining. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Mar 23, 2017 |
4.5 stars

With each book, the author reveals new information and insight into the characters we've come to know and care about. In this one, we leave the charming village of Three Pines and go to the isolated resort, Manoir Bellechasse, where Inspector Gamache and his wife are enjoying their annual vacation. Unfortunately, the detestable Finney family are taking a holiday there at the same time. A murder occurs, and Gamache has a "locked-door" murder to solve.

Penney's novels are similar to British traditional mysteries - neither a cosy nor a hard-boiled detective series. With each book we gain more insight into the intricately drawn characters. In past books, Three Pines was just as much of a character as Gamache, but with this book, we find that Gamache is a strong enough character to carry the story alone. Gamache is becoming one of my all-time favorite detectives in fiction. I'm totally hooked. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
These are charming but there is always something about her books that are so far fetched as to be unbelievable and it really interferes with the mystery. In this, it was the child Bean. I cannot tell you how much it irked me. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
nspector Armund Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie have come to Manoir Bellechasse where they've come for more than 30 years to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They find the rest of the rooms in the small hotel reserved by members of the Finney family. A surprise comes when the Gamache's discover two members of the Finney family are their friends Peter and Clara from Three Pines.
It becomes a busman's holiday when one of the daughters is found dead under a newly installed memorial statue of her father.

The author has a way of describing the action as if the reader was a guest at the inn, observing the character's actions and listening to their complaints. A well done mystery with excellent characters and a well described setting. I kept trying to guess who the killer might be, only to be surprised. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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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
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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