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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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    A H 12-05-12
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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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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Lady Indiana 09-10-12
    Midwest Lady Indiana 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

    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
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 08-23-12
    Judith 08-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous as always!"

    Fascinating characters and intelligence in every book. I read the first in the series — listening is so much better. Ralph Cosham is an excellent narrator.

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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.

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    Chung Atlanta, GA, United States 11-26-10
    Chung Atlanta, GA, United States 11-26-10 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    Daniel Charlottesville, VA, USA 07-16-10
    Daniel Charlottesville, VA, USA 07-16-10
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    "PD James comes to Canada?"

    A great listen. Ms. Penny continues to capture the "male voice" as well as any female author, while providing a great view into another culture that is still North American.VERY interesting. I want to go to Quebec! Characters a fully fleshed out and the mystery itself, while somewhat straining credibility, is really almost secondary to the characters and their relationships.
    I strongly urge you to start at the beginning of this series. The characters will become old friends.

    If PD James where to put something together in Canada this is what you might get.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce colchester, VT, United States 06-21-10
    Bryce colchester, VT, United States 06-21-10
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    "by favorite author"

    great description easy to relate to very enjoyable

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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