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A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache… (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Louise Penny

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Title:A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache Novel)
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:Minotaur (2009), Hardcover, 322 pages
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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 |
A solid entry in this wonderful series. Really, all the things I love about this series in terms of plot, style, philosophical underpinnings are her. The lower ranking is mainly because the majority of the story took place outside of Three Pines (a wonderful setting) and thus many of my favorite characters are only marginally involved in the story. Don't skip this book; you will be well-rewarded. I am just too invested in the characters and missed seeing them. ( )
  powertriangle | Jun 9, 2014 |
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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
Another delicious mystery by Penny, this time in a quaint inn tucked away in Québec. As usual, the characters are compelling and quirky, especially little Bean. Gamache's sixth sense for underlying emotion is still keen and allows him to catch the murderer as well as divulge a secret or two. Whereas the crime is very clever, I found the motive a bit far-fetched. The story itself, however, is a delight to read. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Mar 21, 2014 |
Another Three Pines mystery, but it takes place away from Three Pines. Wonderful full characters. Unbelievably dysfunctional family. Not my favorite of Louise Penny. I'm glad to see she is getting popular. She deserves it! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 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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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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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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