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.
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Yes, but try to read in order.
Lots of things to learn in Louise Penny's books
No, he is a new reader to me, but fine.
I'm looking forward to listening to others.
I have either read or listened to all of the Inspector Gamache novels and I wait with anticipation for each new installment. The books have all been practically flawless and highly recommended. Indeed, for much of the book, The Beautiful Mystery is as well. My problem was the ending - it was just too over the top and rather unbelievable. The book is still a wonderful read as the first 95% was as every bit as good as its predecessors. With out giving anything away, the ending seemed to have been taken over by someone else - perhaps someone that writes for the US TV market. Perhaps I have a poor understanding of the mental state of some of the characters My quibble isn't with the end result, it is that they act so irrational and out of character that the ending seems quite implausible. If you have read the others in the series then by all means read this, if you haven't, start with one of the earlier books. As for me, I'll still be at the head of the line waiting for the next installment.
This is one of the most unenjoyable listens I've had since I joined Audible. I tried to listen long enough so that the story might override the narrator, but just couldn't make it. I won't purchase another book read by this person. I returned the book.
BIG surprise in this one...I don't like spoilers so that's all I will say.
This team's devotion to their Chief Inspector is very similar to the team dynamics on NCIS (the television series). I often compare Jean-Guy with Tony.
This is the first time I have listened to Mr Cosham's work
and I am so thrilled he was chosen for Chief Inspector Gamache!
He is perfect.
Everything has a Double Meaning!
So looking forward to the outcome of the changes that occurred in the finale of this book!
I loved the complexity and many-layered study of human behavior.
Somehow, Louise Penny manages to keep the reader deeply engrossed in both wondering who was culpable for the murder and in hoping like crazy that the main characters would find their humanity. I worried for my favorite characters (Gamache and Beauvoir) and puzzled over the clues and innuendos provided in the beautiful mystery. Wonderful book! Outstanding performance.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
Maybe after a few years, I don't like to reread books.
It was a good premise and I thought the details of the monastic life were interesting, however, it felt like a bridge to the next book. The ending was very much a cliffhanger. I really missed the usual cast of Three Pines characters.
I've listened to all of the Louise Penny novels, which he reads. He is superb.
Hmmm, not sure if moved me is the right way to put it, but the whole situation with Jean Guy relapsing was quite intense. I felt very frustrated that the Superintendent was able to play him so beautifully. But he's not thinking clearly in this situation, is he?
As you listen, you are unaware how enthralled you are until you have to stop to do something else.
Wouldn't compare this work to any other, it's unique in style and pace.
Absolutely loved Mr. Cosham's performance, may have picked up some french due to him.
The last few chapters were remarkable. Just when you think you've got it all worked out, you're wrong. The ending is powerful and unexpected, that's all I'll say about it.
Looking forward to seeing her work transformed to the screen, especially with Nathaniel Parker selected to star.
The main story line was so suspenseful. The description of the abbey, the monks, and their daily activities made me feel like I was there, too.
Yes. There were many possible suspects and we learned about them and their issues a little bit at a time. It was hard to know when someone was lying to the police. Until the very end, I did not know who the murderer was.
Yes, I listened to his reading of Still Life also written by Louise Penny. Mr Cosham's performance in both of these was excellent-smooth rhythm, consistent pronunciation, and it was always clear from his voice which character was speaking.
Yes, but when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I enjoyed this book so much more than Still Life. Even though there were more suspects in this book, the characters provided fewer distractions, perhaps, as monks, they had so much in common.
The audio edition was very enjoyable it really draws you into the story. Ralph Cosham did a wonderful job of reading the story. There were a lot of characters and sometimes it was hard to keep them straight. If I was reading the book, I think seeing their names in print would make that easier.
I would recommend this book as an audio or the physical book, both are very good.
There are a lot of twists and turns in the story. It is long and was hard to stop listening to the story, but I had to hear it in sections because of the length.
Great Story Line . . . (is that really two words?)
The Plot ties with the Setting, as so wonderfully described.
Have not listened to another, however, I would do so. It was extremely well done.
No, I wanted to savor the story.
A unique story, well written, and well told. A gem, and well worth the time to listen.
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