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)
No plot spoilers please!
I really enjoyed this installment in Louise Penny's Three Pines series. It was a complex and carefully thought out mystery with all the depth I have come to expect from this author. Each book builds on the last and deepens the listener's understanding of the characters gradually. Her writing transports the reader effortlessly and perfectly to the Canadian countryside for a summer vacation. Poetry, art and music are woven neatly into the experience. The careful explanation of delicious food prepared and eaten by all sends this reader into the kitchen to whip up something that is hopefully as good as all the food sounds. Definitely an added plus! I am looking forward to the next book--can't wait to see what will happen. A recommended series that holds the interest--not your average "mystery" fluff.
"A Rule against Murder" is an enjoyable and thought-provoking mystery set in the scenic Quebec townships close to the Vermont border. The characters are rich, full. I dare you not to fall in love Inspector Armand Gamache, his family and team.
This particular story explores the family dynamic in a highly dysfunctional family. Louise Penny draws a picture of a family who already has difficulty expressing love for one another and places them at odds with one another after a murder has occurred. The plot is intricate, like an Agatha Christie murder mystery, and the prose is often lyrical with a lovely dollop of poetry mixed in. Personally, I love cozy mysteries and I like the truly deep backstories of all the recurring characters. In this mystery, we get to know Inspector Gamache, his wife, his team and the residents of the village of Three Pines even more.
A big part of listening to books on tape is the narrator. If you don't like the narrator's style or voice, it's difficult to enjoy the book. Ralph Cosham has a wonderful style and voice. He is able to make you believe in the characters. He is a big part of why I have listened to the first four books in this series rather than reading them.
I will definitely listen to this book again as soon as I get caught up in the series. I can't wait to listen to the next book.
I would compare "A Rule against Murder" to any Agatha Christie book or to a PD James or Elizabeth George novel if they wrote cozy mysteries instead of police procedurals. The themes are wonderful and Louise Penny provides wonderful bits of Quebec history, art history, and poetry throughout her books.
It's hard to describe, but Ralph Cosham's characterization of all the characters is wonderful. It seems natural and unforced. It's a joy to listen to. I listened to this book on a road trip from PA to New England and then plugged myself into my iPhone to listen some more. I just couldn't "put it down".
I definitely wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. I love cozy mysteries. For this series, you have to suspend disbelief that one, quaint village in Quebec can have a such a high murder rate, but it is definitely worth it.
The descriptions of the food and the scenery, the characters who are lovable, but flawed like real people, and the rich history of the French and English Canadians in Quebec makes the murder mystery even more compelling. I didn't want to stop and was disappointed that I didn't have a credit available to buy the next book immediately.
If you love cozy mysteries with depth of character and theme, and a healthy dose of literature and history of Canada thrown in, this Audible book is for you, but I suggest you start with "Still Life" first. The story and characters are more serial than episodic. You can listen to them out of order. I started with "A Trick of the Light", but it so much better to start at the beginning.
Thank you for reading my review.
The only thing better than a Louise Penny/Gamache book is one that is read by Ralph Cosham. The people are so individual and so well portrayed that you feel as if they were dear old friends...well, except for Ruth, who would reject the " dear".
The plots are intricate enough to be interesting, but never a cheat. This is my second time through, and I am noticing plot details now that I missed the first time.
Now if only I had a licorice pipe to go with my scotch.
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!
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.
I didn't read the print version so no opinion.
Yes, for those that enjoy Inspector Gamache mysteries.
Not that I'm aware.
No, nothing extreme
Ralph Cosham was an excellent narrator. I would love to hear more by him.
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.
I delight in beautiful word play and Louise Penney is a
master, I won't miss anymore of her books on A-audible.com
The many turns and twists that an older mystery
reader didn't expect, AND how much Gamache
loves his wife!!
I would have if I didn't need to take a wee dog out for the air.
the lead male detective
no extremes, but the story kept me wanting to learn more
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.
The narrator is amazing.
Louise Penny's descriptive prose makes me feel as if I am there. In this episode, the inspector and his wife have taken a vacation which will lead him into another investigation. It is a lovely setting, as well as an interesting plot.
I really like this series. It's gently entertaining (the murders aren't too gruesome) and well written. This is my go-to series when I'm stressed and need something calming, undemanding but good. Nice job by the narrator.
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