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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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I really enjoyed the first three installments in the Gamache/Three Pines series, and since it's been a significant amount of time since I read the series, I decided to see if my opinion has changed. I haven't read anything quite this cozy in awhile, and I was a bit resistant to the book because of that.

A Rule Against Murder takes place in a remote vacation lodge on a lake. It used to a be a hunting and fishing lodge, but when the current owners took over, they established "a rule against murder," to atone for the vast quantity of taxidermied animals in the attic. Inspector Gamache and his wife are visiting the lodge to celebrate their wedding anniversary, and the only other guests are an extended family there for a reunion. One member of the family is murdered by the stone in the alternate title, and Gamache's vacation is cut short to solve the mystery.

My favorite part of the book was learning more about Gamache's backstory (his childhood and his parents), but the actual investigation was not the strongest part of the story for me. There's a lot of psychological conjecturing and summarizing of character's personalities that feels a tad heavy-handed to me, and that comes down to my bias in favor of more twists in a plot. I hope the next installment gets back to the village of Three Pines!

I borrowed this book from the librar
  rkreish | Mar 13, 2015 |
Decided it would be better to read these novels in order, since many of the characters are brought back from earlier novels. Stopped after tape 1. ( )
  Pmaurer | Feb 10, 2015 |
This is another delight from Louise Penny with familiar characters and new ones. The setting in the Eastern Townships of Quebec is idyllic. I have stayed in the inn which was the inspiration for the the 'manoir' and am now longing to go back. The plot is a bit ridiculous and predictable but it matters very little. The real pleasure is spending time with the charming Gamaches and their friends. At several points there are so many motives and undercurrents that just about everyone is a suspect. Working through all the history and hatreds becomes Inspector Gamache's task. The child in the story is a very clever and sweet element and I love that the, very unlikely, secret about the child is not revealed. A great read. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Feb 5, 2015 |
review louise penny books are little gems of comfort - which always seems so weird, since she's writing murder-mystery stories. but there you go. she has managed to create such charming and endearing character and settings that it doesn't matter if you figure out 'who done it?' early on. you just want to go along on the ride and enjoy each moment. and i really enjoyed this book - the 4th in penny's 'chief inspector gamache' series. it takes place away from the village of 'three pines', so not all of the familiar, quirky supporting characters make an appearance. but a few do, and the village is nearby. this novel has most reminded me of an Agatha Christie story - group pf people, on holiday, contained within a resort on a lake's edge. it doesn't get much more 'Evil Under the Sun' than that. :) ( )
  DawsonOakes | Nov 2, 2014 |
This is the fourth Inspector Gamache mystery. The tenth in the series will be out in about a month so I still have a ways to go to catch up. But reading them is such fun that I know I will enjoy every book along the way.

Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are at Manoir Bellechasse to celebrate their wedding anniversary, as they have every year since before they got married. It is an elegant inn situated in an old hunting lodge. People come to Manoir Bellechasse to unwind and forget their cares. There are no computers and cell service is non-existent. It is the perfect spot for Armand Gamache to forget the murder cases and in-house intrigue that he has been fighting lately. Sharing the Manoir with them is a family celebrating their annual reunion. The Finneys consist of an elderly couple and their four children (as well as two spouses and a grandchild). It is rather a mystery as to why they have a reunion since they don't seem to like one another very much. Armand and Reine-Marie are cordial to them and even play bridge in the evening with them but they don't exchange much information. The Finneys certainly don't know that Armand is an inspector in the Surete. So, when Julia Martin (one of the adult children) is crushed by a fallen statue they are perplexed by why Armand is taking charge of the investigation. Inspector Gamache has to determine not just who killed Julia Martin and why but also how because the statue is huge and heavy. It had just been installed and it had taken a crane operator to put it on its marble stand. The answer to all the questions is finally revealed of course. And for those of you who are missing the Three Pines village there are some scenes set there as it is to Gabri's B and B that Reine-Marie goes why Armand is carrying out the investigation. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 20, 2014 |
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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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