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.
"[I]ntriguing, well-crafted....Seamless, often lyrical prose artfully reveals the characters' flaws, dreams and blessings." (Publishers Weekly)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
This is the 4th book of a fun listen. Best listen in order as the characters are developed as the series goes along.
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.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Another hit from Louise Penny, she is so clever and masterful at spinning a great tale. I love how she layers her stories, close attention must be payed or the underlying wit may be missed. She has a wonderful knack of illustrating the perfect blend of seriousness and humor.
This addition to the series starts with Inspector Gamache away on holiday with his lovely wife. Unfortunately it turns into a working one when there is an unexpected death of one of the guests. Accident or not? All the of the guests staying at the resort, including the deceased party, have come for a family reunion. Unbeknownst to the Gamaches, some dear friends from, Three Pines, arrive and as it turns out have come for the reunion as well. They are happy to see them until chaos ensues, accusations fly, and pandemonium breaks out surrounding the suspicious death.
The patients have escaped and are running the asylum, is all I could think when it came to this family. Inspector Gamache has his hands full, very full. A good mystery and, to me, this one was more Agatha Christy-esc than her prior books. Ralph Coshams narration is consistently A+ great. It always feels like coming home when I start a Gamache adventure. Onto the next.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
This book really seems outside the rest of the series. It takes place on a vacation Chief Inspector Gamache is taking. They are at mountain resort. The family who is having their reunion at this resort (and who will make up the victim and suspects) are really unpleasant people. We do end up with some Three Pines characters but by the time they appeared they actually managed to sneak up on me. I think this mystery was well done but the unpleasant characters did get tedious enough that I was glad for the book to end. I once again didn't know who did it and was surprised how neatly it all managed to wrap up.
Ralph Cosham deserves some of the credit for this interesting whodunnit. He voices all the characters superbly. I liked this better than another one or two Penny books I'd tried: she brought us into some of Inspector Gamache's personal story, giving him a fuller dimension and making him more interesting. All the characters swirl around Gamache, first on holiday with his wife when the book opens, minding his own business. When murder occurs, you are a good 2 hours into the book, and thus, get to know the other hotel guests and staff, which set the context very effectively. Perry's writing is lovely. There is a sadness to the tale, and a compelling desire on my part, to not put the story down. I am now going to research additional Louise Penny books to add to my audible library.
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