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A Rule Against Murder Audiobook

A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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"What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois.

It was such an extraordinary thing to say, it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette. "You have a rule against murder?" he asked.

"I do. When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact.... Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe."

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own.

The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax in A Rule Against Murder.

©2008 Louise Penny (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    D. Thomas 03-07-17
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    "I enjoy Louise Penny's writing"
    What did you love best about A Rule Against Murder?

    I've read all of Louise Penny's books. She is a wonderful and gifted writer. When I saw her books on Audible I started listening to the books. I have enjoyed the retelling of each story. The voice of Ralph Cosham is so soothing. Just like I would imagine Inspector Gamache sounding if he were a real person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Inspector Gamache so much. His relationship with each of the people he works with is so soundly developed. His relationship with his wife is so soothing and mature.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    As I stated before Mr. Cosham sounds as though he could be a Inspector Gamache if there was such a person in reality. So charming and mature.


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    Savannah 03-20-17
    Savannah 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "You're going to have fun trying to solve this one!"

    Take a vacation from Three Pines, and follow Gamache and handful of your other favorites to a new setting and another unique murder. You're going to have fun trying to solve this one! If you're like me, you'll be shouting your guesses at the narrator and then second guessing yourself with each new chapter.

    Full of picturesque descriptions, you'll feel like you, too, are having a lovely lakeside retreat. And you're going to LOVE how this story connects to those you know and love from Three Pines. Just wait until you meet this family!

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    JWH 02-08-17
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    "Another great story"

    The character development continues to get better and better. Such likable people even when they do unlikeable things! And Ralph Cosham is the perfect narrator. A perfect blend of French and English in a rich and alluring voice. I get lost in the moment every time I "pick the book back up"!

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    grammy 04-02-16
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    "lovely, peaceful drama!"

    I love getting into the heads of these characters! Such wonderful insight into Gamache himself!

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    JN 06-26-17
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    "Gamache at it Again"

    I'm still amazed by Penny's writing and her multidimensional characters. This book takes place outside of Three Pines, and is a great addition to the Gamache world.

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    Amazon Customer Bridgewater,VA 05-11-17
    Amazon Customer Bridgewater,VA 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Every visit and mystery makes me crave more!"

    Every book is like going on a trip to this place and seeing these people. Their personalities, the community, and the partnerships. The Inspector is like this big bear, noble and calm yet ever seeing and solving. This book gave insight into the relationship he and his wife have as well, the true and deep love and respect, the partnership, the friendship, the playmates they are. It was beautiful, it also showed family and the complexities that are there and the subtleties that can get between us and form forever creases in our lives.

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    maecoo 05-07-17
    maecoo 05-07-17 Member Since 2012

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    "The Third Gamache Novel"

    Another delightful Penny novel. A good mystery! Fun characters! Lovely setting in the forests of Canada. This was my second visit. Reading her novels the first time, you just want to gallop through a wonderful story. A second reading gives you time to enjoy the secondary characters. And of course understand some allusions "the night is a strawberry". Enjoy!

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    Alexandra 04-04-17
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    "I'd like my Vacation... with a side of Murder."

    A vacation, isolation murder mystery! Doesn't get better than Louise Penny's novels. Also, Ralph Cosham is one of the best to ever read a book aloud.

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    Speech Lady Ruidoso, NM United States 03-02-17
    Speech Lady Ruidoso, NM United States 03-02-17 Member Since 2011

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    "clever mystery plot woven involving a Family saga"

    Quite an intricate plot with numerous interesting characters especially within one high society family. Inspector Gamache has to face his own fears during this case

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    J.C.D. 09-27-16
    J.C.D. 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "ANOTHER EXCITING INSPECTOR GAMACHE NOVEL"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rule Against Murder to be better than the print version?

    For me - yes. I'm unfamiliar with many of the French terms and accents. Listening makes it easier for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rule Against Murder?

    Most of the action and all of the disclosures came toward the end of the story so it wouldn't serve any purpose to disclose them here.


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

    He is superb. He flows through the dialogue with ease.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the family, who were all suspects in the murder, ridiculed Gamache to his face and told him father had been a coward.


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