The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Aug 28, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time  No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.” But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of  prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between. The Beautiful Mystery is the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best novel.

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Yes, Penny's impressive prose is there throughout. - LibraryThing
But, dare I say it, the plot is sluggish. - LibraryThing
And the plot is fairly plausible, as usual. - LibraryThing
The post-mystery ending disappointed me slightly. - LibraryThing
Atmosphere, location,characters and plot. - LibraryThing
I really hated the ending, but it fit. - LibraryThing

Review: The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8)

User Review  - Linda Chudej - Goodreads

The description of the setting is wonderful. It put me right on the scene. The plot though is to cumbersome for my taste. Read full review

Review: The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8)

User Review  - Kristine - Goodreads

I think I might have liked this book better if I had read the 7 previous ones in the series. I found it rather slow-moving. Read full review

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LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of ten Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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