"What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois.
It was such an extraordinary thing to say, it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette. "You have a rule against murder?" he asked.
"I do. When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact.... Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe."
It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own.
The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax in A Rule Against Murder.
©2008 Louise Penny (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Take a vacation from Three Pines, and follow Gamache and handful of your other favorites to a new setting and another unique murder. You're going to have fun trying to solve this one! If you're like me, you'll be shouting your guesses at the narrator and then second guessing yourself with each new chapter.
Full of picturesque descriptions, you'll feel like you, too, are having a lovely lakeside retreat. And you're going to LOVE how this story connects to those you know and love from Three Pines. Just wait until you meet this family!
I've read all of Louise Penny's books. She is a wonderful and gifted writer. When I saw her books on Audible I started listening to the books. I have enjoyed the retelling of each story. The voice of Ralph Cosham is so soothing. Just like I would imagine Inspector Gamache sounding if he were a real person.
I enjoy Inspector Gamache so much. His relationship with each of the people he works with is so soundly developed. His relationship with his wife is so soothing and mature.
As I stated before Mr. Cosham sounds as though he could be a Inspector Gamache if there was such a person in reality. So charming and mature.
Quite an intricate plot with numerous interesting characters especially within one high society family. Inspector Gamache has to face his own fears during this case
The character development continues to get better and better. Such likable people even when they do unlikeable things! And Ralph Cosham is the perfect narrator. A perfect blend of French and English in a rich and alluring voice. I get lost in the moment every time I "pick the book back up"!
For me - yes. I'm unfamiliar with many of the French terms and accents. Listening makes it easier for me.
Most of the action and all of the disclosures came toward the end of the story so it wouldn't serve any purpose to disclose them here.
He is superb. He flows through the dialogue with ease.
When the family, who were all suspects in the murder, ridiculed Gamache to his face and told him father had been a coward.
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