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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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    Vall 02-12-13
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    "Read the entire series and fall in love!"

    Fall in love with the people of Three Pines and listen as Inspector Gamish (sp) finds and brings to justice a killer lurking just under the surface. I started with "A Brutal Telling," then went back to the first book in the series.
    I enjoyed the low key storytelling style of the author as she described the citizens and their various lifestyles. Under it all is an underlying tension between the French and English of Quebec.

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    kara 01-30-13
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    "Cannot stop listening to these stories"

    These stories are fascinating, the characters are so real, I feel I know them. I cannot order another book to listen to because I am so fond of Louise Penny mysteries. The narrator is perfect for a British, French Canadian story. I dread coming to the end of these books.

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    TravisD Denver, CO 01-10-13
    TravisD Denver, CO 01-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Good, Solid Gamache and Penny"

    If you haven't tried Gamache and Penny, do. You won't be disappointed. Love the setting, as always.

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    Kaye Napa, California, United States 11-08-12
    Kaye Napa, California, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good But Not My Favorite Inspector Gamache Mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rule against Murder to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version so no opinion.


    Would you recommend A Rule against Murder to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for those that enjoy Inspector Gamache mysteries.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I'm aware.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph Cosham was an excellent narrator. I would love to hear more by him.

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    Dale Aurora, CO, United States 09-25-12
    Dale Aurora, CO, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2005

    Well, I think the icon chosen for me shows a young man... I am an old woman who likes to listen to books and hopes my ears last longer than my eyes.

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    "I'm a new Louise Penney, Inspector Gamache fan!"
    Where does A Rule against Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I delight in beautiful word play and Louise Penney is a
    master, I won't miss anymore of her books on A-audible.com


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many turns and twists that an older mystery
    reader didn't expect, AND how much Gamache
    loves his wife!!


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Gamache


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have if I didn't need to take a wee dog out for the air.


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    09-10-12
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    "Lots of local color and good characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, an interesting story. This has a good murder mystery without too many violent details.


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    MaryBeth 09-10-12
    MaryBeth 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Fun and intriguing"
    Where does A Rule against Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As good as the others I've listened to. Top notch narration.


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

    Yes. Trying to guess who the murderer was. I was wrong. I did guess how the statue moved.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Sounded like each person was speaking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost except I fell asleep after several hours!


    Any additional comments?

    Great mystery story. Complex but relatively easy to follow. I will be buying another Three Pines Mystery.

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    Midwest Lady Indiana 09-10-12
    Midwest Lady Indiana 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "Quirky and charming. Good story. Well written."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rule against Murder?

    Bean teaching his adult friend the art of tossing marshmallow cookies so they stick on the ceiling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The family dynamics. The mother and her secret that affected her children so profoundly.


    Any additional comments?

    My first of this series and now I am hooked. The Canadian scenery and fresh writing were enough to set this detective story apart, but the relationship between the detective and his wife was so warm and loving that I wanted to know more about them. Laid back and yet marched right along to a satisfying conclusion. Felt more real than many detective stories with a driven protagonist with multiple destructive personal habits. A good story along with a good mystery plot. Sophisticated mystery that walks the line between a cozy and a hard bitten style. I liked it - a lot. Am currently reading the first in this series and it is good as well.

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    jo 09-05-12
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    "Avid listener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I prefer reading Louise Penny books. Listening was OK but for me the read is better.


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

    Not really, this time. But, I enjoy her character build ups.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Really don't pay attention to readers. Sorry


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ???


    Any additional comments?

    I really like all her stories.

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    Helen 09-04-12
    Helen 09-04-12
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    "Good Story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Rule against Murder the most enjoyable?

    complex characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    the mystery


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    the lead male detective


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extremes, but the story kept me wanting to learn more


    Any additional comments?

    A few seconds between chapters would be helpful, I had to rewind to find where one ended and the next started. Otherwise its easy listening, yet compelling because of the many characters and the intersting mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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