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The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | [Louise Penny]

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Mystery, 2013

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times best-selling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

©2012 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Suzanne 10-10-12
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    "Wonderful story; great cliff-hanger"
    What did you love best about The Beautiful Mystery?

    This book sweeps you up in a story about beautiful music and a thought-provoking mystery. The end of the book keeps you hanging waiting for the next one to resolve a mystery in Gamache's own life. Can't wait for the next book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gamache -- always!


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

    All good; hard to choose.


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

    A forgotten monastery sweeps you up in a mystery within a mystery....


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    Chris 10-06-12
    Chris 10-06-12
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    "Not Three Pines but very well done"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beautiful Mystery to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I do - because of Ralph Cosham. His interpretations of Louise Penny's characters are flawless. His readings have been spot on from book 1.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For this book it's Gamache, for the depth of his feeling for Jean-Guy as well as the respect and reverence shown the friars,Abbe and history of the monastery.
    Yet I enjoy all the Three Pines characters. Looking forward to their return.


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

    As previously stated, can't imagine an audio version without his narration. Mr Cosham's performances allow the listener to always identify which character is speaking or musing.
    Were I to read the book, I suspect I would hear Ralph Crosham's voice.


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

    No, I love to savor Louise Penny's books. I have all her books on my IPOD. I don't listen to them just once. Frequently replay them. They are that good.


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    Diane Woodland, CA, United States 10-04-12
    Diane Woodland, CA, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "First rate writing"
    Would you listen to The Beautiful Mystery again? Why?

    I love Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series and look forward to each of her books. This is no exception. Her narrative and descriptions are full of beautiful images that I can see in my mind's eye. Her characters are fully developed and continue to develop through each book.


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

    I want to savor a good book listening or reading. I would never want to listen in one sitting because I want the time to absorb the writing.


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    Marianne 10-03-12
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    "The Gamache Books just get better"
    If you could sum up The Beautiful Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Each book is better than the last, more character development, plot twists, more development of the entire experience.


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    Anne Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
    Anne Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.

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    "A marvellously 'sneaky' book"

    This book represents quite a change for the author. Her imagination has led her to an interesting place where there is definitely a mystery to solve but all the while you are learning more and more about her characters - some surprising, some disappointing - but with lots of hooks to hang her future books on. I had to listen to it twice to fully appreciate the nuances and hope she is well on her way to her next creation. A beautifully written story.

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    Tom Mitchell Big Island, HI 10-01-12
    Tom Mitchell Big Island, HI 10-01-12
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    I have enjoyed this story more than any other book in a long time. I thought it was really well done!

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    carolyn United States 10-01-12
    carolyn United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Louise Penny 's Series always a winner"

    I love the three pines series. but I missed the village and inhabitants of Three Pines. Gamache and his associate from Montreal police are as always provocative!

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    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 10-01-12
    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Another wonderful Gomache mystery!"

    Great setting in a monastery, more frustration with inspector Beauvoir's problems since the attack on the unit. Wonderful descriptions of the monks and their services. Overall a very satisfying mystery and an excellent narrator, as usual.

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    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 09-30-12
    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2014

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    "The tired old "police corruption" plot again??"
    What did you like best about The Beautiful Mystery? What did you like least?

    I've not missed a single book by Penny and have enjoyed every word - well, almost. The only thing that didn't seem well crafted was the conspiracy and corruption at "the highest levels" in a previous book. And, of course, what does she return to in this could have been brilliant story? You've got it. The setting and characters here are delightful. The story line is, if not unique, nearly so. But instead of flushing out these possibilities, she falls back into the old police corruption surrounding Gamache. Such a waste - I'm writing this instead of finishing what promised to be a great read (listen).


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    Patricia des moines, IA, United States 09-29-12
    Patricia des moines, IA, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating"

    Another great Louise Penny, she is a great wordsmith and keeps you on the edge of your seat with her plots. Only thing I didn't like was the hanging ending, usually she gives you a clear ending but this time she catches you and makes you yearn for the next book in the series. Miss Penny has the ability to make you feel like the characters are real and you become invested in their lives.

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