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A Rule against Murder Audiobook

A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

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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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    Rev. Reader of all things interesting 12-26-13
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rule against Murder to be better than the print version?

    I loved both print and audio. The advantage of audio for me is that I tend to read too quickly to catch every important detail, and audio gives me the opportunity to hear what I sped past on my way to the conclusion. I own both print and audio.


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

    Still Live (Louise Penny's first)--both are excellent.


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

    Yes!


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    Librarian OK, USA 12-16-13
    Librarian OK, USA 12-16-13

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Penny just gets better & better !"
    Where does A Rule against Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far all of Penny's books that I have read/listened to have ranked in my top 10%! I've reviewed her books before & am trying to pace myself, saving and savoring each as long as I can.


    What other book might you compare A Rule against Murder to and why?

    P D James' books come to mind. Both authors are favorites and don't disappoint. Of course the comparison with the classic writers Agatha Christie and Nagio Marsh is possible. Classic & classy Penny's books surely are.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cosham is chief inspector Gramache. His voice is perfect for Gramache and the other characters, male & female.


    Any additional comments?

    I learn something with all of the Penny books. I love how she ties in the plot and the titles and how the characters grow and flesh-out in a smooth and inconspicuous fashion. This is less a mystery in Three Pines than one with some characters we met in the Canadian village of Three Pines. Give yourself a present of a Louise Penny mystery.

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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 11-23-13
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "Odd Title. Meaty Characters. Good Book."

    This volume of the 3 PINES series doesn't take place in 3 pines, except for a couple of scenes, which adds a bit of newness to the undertaking. Rather than serving as a catalyst, Inspector Gamache and his family are central figures. (Saying more will give important discoveries away.) Another family is the primary focus - their history, their current relationships based on the past, and how their childhoods influence their adult behavior. Much more of a psychological profile of life and death than is usual in these books, but Penny is able to add grit while maintaining much of the humor and coziness this series is known for.

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    Linda Lee MO USA 10-02-13
    Linda Lee MO USA 10-02-13 Member Since 2014

    A classic detective mystery lover. Especially mysteries taking place in quaint English villages!

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    "Such a long time to wait for a murder!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love this series you will want to listen to this one but in my opinion it isn't as good as the first stories.

    The secluded mountain resort setting and back story is interesting and so is the premise for the murder but frankly it seemed like we were half way through the book before anything happened. Really. Nothing happened. The author seemed fixated on describing the affluent messed up family from every way possible. Over and over. And over.

    It was really slow moving compared to the others in the series.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    He is a joy to listen to. Ralph I love ya.


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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-28-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "another good Gamache"

    Book #4 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. This one was set at a remote resort on a lake somewhere around Montreal. Like all of the earlier books in the series, while you are experiencing the book there seem to be 4-5 characters that you honestly believe could have committed the murder. But the Chief Inspector methodically works through the clues in figuring it all out. In this story there was a very wealthy but dysfunctional family staying at the resort at the same time as Gamache and his wife, so he's there when the murder happens and the whole story takes place right there. One of Louise Penny's strengths, along with her great character development, is her insight into human nature. There is one particular quote in this book that struck a chord with me and is central to the book's theme. For someone who has suffered a loss it is "lament what you've lost but be happy for what you have". I'll look forward to #5!

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-25-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    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.

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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 08-12-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

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    "Outside Three Pines, but still enjoyed it"
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    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.

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    Toby 06-16-13
    Toby 06-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Glad I came back to Louise Penny"

    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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    HIII 04-08-13
    HIII 04-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Extravagant vacation, food and adventure"

    Louise Penny writes wonderfully descriptive books! I can feel the heat, I am sure I gained 5 pounds from the description of one delicious meal after another and I reacted to the nasty interaction the vacationing family with grown children displayed towards each other. I felt this book was a chance to get to know some of Ms Penny's reoccurring character much better. I am eager to listen to the next book in the series.

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    KP United States 03-29-13
    KP United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Bonus: Set in an Unusually Charming Setting!"

    In this story, the fourth Gamache novel in the series, we encounter Inspector Gamache and his lovely wife on vacation at a charming place. Coincidentally, they run into their friends Clara and Peter from Three Pines, and Peter's extended family. What follows is an entertaining look at a dysfunctional family as well as, of course, a murder to solve. Very enjoyable read.

    The narrator is great.

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