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A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery | [Louise Penny]

A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.
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Publisher's Summary

When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder enquiry, and the hotel is full of possible suspects.

Listen to another Three Pines mystery.

©2008 Louise Penny; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[I]ntriguing, well-crafted....Seamless, often lyrical prose artfully reveals the characters' flaws, dreams and blessings." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sara USA 07-16-14
    Sara USA 07-16-14 Member Since 2008

    No plot spoilers

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    "A Summer Mystery"

    I really enjoyed this installment in Louise Penny's Three Pines series. It was a complex and carefully thought out mystery with all the depth I have come to expect from this author. Each book builds on the last and deepens the listener's understanding of the characters gradually. Her writing transports the reader effortlessly and perfectly to the Canadian countryside for a summer vacation. Poetry, art and music are woven neatly into the experience. The careful explanation of delicious food prepared and eaten by all sends this reader into the kitchen to whip up something that is hopefully as good as all the food sounds. Definitely an added plus! I am looking forward to the next book--can't wait to see what will happen. A recommended series that holds the interest--not your average "mystery" fluff.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Humble, TX, USA 02-18-09
    Victoria Humble, TX, USA 02-18-09
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    "You will be glad you selected this book"

    I loved "A Rule Against Murder" because Louise Penny's writing is simply music to my ears. Her ability to develop characters, describe scenery, and create an ingenious plot are unparalleled. I am not extremely familiar with Canada or with French Canadians. Therefore, learning more about this particular culture through the characters was also of interest to me. I found myself looking forward to the evening hours so that I could sit down, dim the lights, sip a glass of cabernet and listen to this book. My only regret is that I have now finished the book!

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Shannon San Mateo, CA USA 09-22-09
    Susan Shannon San Mateo, CA USA 09-22-09 Member Since 2002
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    "More than a mystery."

    I love this entire series. Without giving the actual mystery short shrift, the author provides some heartbreakingly beautiful passages. Rarely does writing achieve such poignancy.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 03-12-11
    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 03-12-11 Member Since 2007

    An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!

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    "Love the Characters!"

    So enjoy reading Louise Penny's books. I love her character development, learning more about Gamache, his character flaws and strengths. I like that he recites poetry and is truly in love with his wife of many years, and can admit when he has made a mistake to his child. Beyond that the mysteries are always good, but there is more than that to them, it's the scenery, the relationships the characters have to one another, and the lessons that are taught. I enjoy learning about Quebec, Montreal, and the village of Three Pines. I look forward to more books from Louise Penny.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kang Johnson City, NY, United States 05-18-11
    Kang Johnson City, NY, United States 05-18-11
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    "For Fans and Québécois"

    I would like to believe there is a lot of humor in this book. Unfortunately, the author's reading is so drab and bland that none of this translates. The family that is portrayed here is too cruel (not in a physical way), too unloving for my taste. For example, one character contemplates changing the already ridiculous name of their child to something even more ridiculous, just to scorn another character. This was a mountain I could not climb, and the revelation of the actual mystery requires quite leap of faith (a few actually) to go along with. However, the book is well written and the setting is wonderful.

    I would recommend it for fans only.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alesia South Jordan, UT, United States 12-05-12
    Alesia South Jordan, UT, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Very slow start"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. It was SO slow starting. I kept looking up the title to see if I had started the right book. There was an overabundance of background information given that really had nothing to do with the plot. I wondered if I would make it past that part, but because I was laying tile and had thinset on my hands, I just let it run.

    After it got past the beginning, it was okay, not outstanding, and unfortunately doesn't make up for the boredom at the beginning.

    The Chief Inspector is a likeable character who is unassuming and bright. He does his job well. His wife is also a good character. The Finney family is not at all likeable as characters and their interactions and behavior is ridiculous. I know families behave badly towards each other, but their reasons for their behavior are far too unbelievable. The motive behind the crime is hard to believe which weakens the entire story.

    The author does a great job describing the setting, but doesn't do as well with the story. She drops little tiny bits of information with follow up quite a long time later creating confusion more than interest.


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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 05-22-10
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 05-22-10 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "A good mystery"

    This is the 4th book of a fun listen. Best listen in order as the characters are developed as the series goes along.

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    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 07-16-11
    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 07-16-11
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    "My first book by Louise Penny"

    I had Louise Penny on my author list to try for a long time, and downloaded this one before a long car trip. This was a good mystery which took a while to unwind. I was totally unfamiliar with the character and just knew the books took place in Canada. I will defintely listed to more of these in the future.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chung Atlanta, GA, United States 11-26-10
    Chung Atlanta, GA, United States 11-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    Louise Penny is an obviously skilled writer, but many of her characters' actions require much credulity of the reader. I regret I cannot be as enthusiastic as previous reviewers.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-28-14
    Elizabeth 04-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I need to go to Three Pines."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rule against Murder to be better than the print version?

    The only thing better than a Louise Penny/Gamache book is one that is read by Ralph Cosham. The people are so individual and so well portrayed that you feel as if they were dear old friends...well, except for Ruth, who would reject the " dear".


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plots are intricate enough to be interesting, but never a cheat. This is my second time through, and I am noticing plot details now that I missed the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    Now if only I had a licorice pipe to go with my scotch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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