The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 28, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
1695 Reviews

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

User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

I have a great admiration for Penny's writing. It shows love for its subject, in this case Gregorian chant, and great understanding of her characters and their strengths and flaws. Really, a beautiful book, without a convenient or easy conclusion. Read full review

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

User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

At first I was upset that this book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series did not take place in the usual small village of Three Pines. Instead, the scene was a forgotten, isolated monastery in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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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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