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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Louise Penny comes a riveting new audiobook.

"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.

Grab your headphones and dive into the latest thrilling audiobook from Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series.

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

Critic Reviews

"Celebrated British narrator and actor Ralph Cosham brings this wonderful murder mystery to life and draws in listeners with his charisma...Cosham's characters are refreshingly original and never overplayed, and the Old World quality of his voice invokes radio murder mysteries from decades past, creating an endlessly entertaining listening experience." ( Publishers Weekly)

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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Good but the ending

I love the narration, the humor, the mystery but this one I did not like the ending. I appreciate a twist this time it was both too obvious AND out of nowhere t the same time. Clues that were not shared so that the reader had no chance to come to the same conclusion.

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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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Another Gamache Hit!

Who thought Louise Penny could come up with murder in a place just as charming as Three Pines? In this book she does. Her character and place development are as good as always.

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  • Marisa
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slow but intriguing

the story took some time to gain any steam, and the narrator wasn't great at differentiating female voices also hard to listen to this book in the car at the end of the workday because of the cadence of the narrator and British accent. basically good murder mystery, but not sure if I'd pursue others featuring the main character or the narrator.

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A bit lacking in characters

Good book but it lacked the interactions with the characters we have grown to know and love. No Ruth. Good story though

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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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I had it wrong - sort of...

What did you love best about A Rule Against Murder?

I have really grown to love Ralph Cosham's presentation and his handling of this story was well done. Some say there was too much time spent on the Morrow's infighting but that made the story move along, even though it didn't really have anything to do with the murder.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mariana. She did her own thing and was successful despite her family. When we find out the real reason she watched Magilla Gorilla so obsessively it made her that much more likeable. She gave her child a unusual name to mess with her hateful family, which showed creativity and courage.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last scene with Gamache on the dock with Finney, when Finney tells Gamache that Honore was a hero. It wasn't necessarily a moving scene, it just lent closure to that part of the story.

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

No. I like to break it up into parts (actually listening to it as I exercise).

Any additional comments?

SPOILER ALERT! I actually thought (mistakenly) that Bean was responsible: that she had climbed up on the statue's back, thinking it was Pegasus. Julia comes out of the Manor and sees her up on the statue. As she is standing under the statue, with her arms open to catch Bean should she fall, the statue gives way and falls over. I suspected it might also have something to do with David having bankrupted someone related to one of the characters, but there was no clue who it would be or why.

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Ruined by a ridiculously contrived ending

I enjoyed the well-written characters and spot on performance, but the book was simply ruined by a ridiculously contrived method of and motive for murder. The ending was so dumb I feel cheated.