The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - brangwinn - LibraryThing
I think of all the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, this is my favorite. I loved the connection made to the monastery and the origin of musical notation. As I became immersed in the mystery and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LindaWeeks - LibraryThing
As always, a beautiful written character study that happens to revolve around a murder. Louise Penny manages to educate and entertain with equal grace and Armand Gamache feels like an old friend that ... Read full review