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
Beautiful Mystery ranks high on my list of favorite reads/listens of the past two years.
Beautiful Mystery left me breathless with surprise. I've read a number of Inspector Gamach stories. Louise Penny likes to pace her stories with great detail that pulls the reader though the details of most of the main characters lives. Though the Inspector is the dominating force of the series, it is the supporting characters that drive the plot. Beautiful Mystery is no exception.
In this case the Deputy (sorry, I don't have his name at the moment, I am away from the book right now) and the workings of his inner life serve to create enormous empathy towards him. The Deputy's confusion and moments of clarity create conflict and confusion for all involved.
I believe that this is a book to be savored. Louise Penny is an author who insists that the reader appreciate the nuances of life. the reader who insists on a quick jolt of excitement and drama may become frustrated. This can lead to moments where the book seems to drag. One might ask, "do I really need that much detail?". However, when the book draws to a close (with a truly stunning end), most will appreciate the time the spent with each character.
How long must we wait to learn more? Louise Penny is such a marvelous story teller and she has me totally "hooked" by the end of the book. So leaving quite so many loose ends made me want to just cry and yell. I kept hoping that things might resolve, as I watched the minutes tick down to the ending. I hope she won't keep us waiting long.
A first-time Louise Penny reader might enjoy this book, but because I have loved the character depth and the community and the very real human interactions and relationships, I found this lacking.
The plot was thin, the characters uninteresting, and the ending betrayed the relationship Penny has developed and nurtured between Armand Gamache and Jean-Pierre.
Of course! One disappointment from eight is nothing.
Ralph Cosham is a master in capturing these novels.
Disappointment. I hope to see a return to Three Pines, but recognize she may have run her course with that quirky town and its mix of complex characters.
I'm not a big fan of murder mysteries, but the setting tempted me, and I'm so glad I was drawn in. Instead of gory details of corpses and murder scenes, the novel was set in a rich and detailed place, full of characters that were multidimensional and powerful. No stereotypical all-bad or all-good characters. Deep and thoughtful character development, and attention to detail of place transported me to a place where I had never been in real life. Louise Penny is a masterful writer, and Ralph Cosham an excellent narrator, one of those readers that is so seamless that you lose yourself in the text and forget someone's reading to you. Highly recommend!
The audio edition of 99% of the books I have listened to are definitely better than the printed version. I can still use my imagination on the audio books as well as the printed versions.
I would compare these books to the Pendergast series because the (hero) in both series is beset by higher ups who want them to fail.
I have not listened to any other books Ralph Cosham has narrated because, once I latch on to a series, I am afraid to venture into any others.
Yes, when the helicopter flew away from Gamache who was heart broken.
I would really like to see Inspector Gamache win out against his superiors once in a while.
I dont usually read books twie
only two main characters
could not believe that after two oxycodone the detective got completely hooked again and gave up everything. that took away a lot from the book.
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!
Gamache -- always!
All good; hard to choose.
A forgotten monastery sweeps you up in a mystery within a mystery....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each book is better than the last, more character development, plot twists, more development of the entire experience.
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