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.
An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!
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 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.
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.
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.
This was my first Louise Penny book. Because it was my first book featuring inspector Armand Gamache, it took me a while to understand who the main characters were. While the author injected humor at points, I found the plot to be overly laden with characters such that I lost track of who was who, and the clues leading up to the exposure of the criminal were muted and confusing, even upon retrospection. Perhaps the book would be enjoyed by someone who was familiar with the series, but I found it problematic to even read through to the end.
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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