A Rule Against Murder

A Rule Against Murder

Book - 2009
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""What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois."
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""It was such an extraordinary thing to say it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette."
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"""You have a rule against murder?" he asked."
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"""I do. When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact....Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe.""
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"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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780312377021
0312377029
Branch Call Number: MYS PEN
Characteristics: viii, 322 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Murder stone

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CherylHampson
Oct 26, 2017

I started Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series recently, and really enjoy her writing. It’s fun to read a series set in Quebec, and her characters are interesting. This is the first book not set in the village of Three Pines. At a remote inn, Gamache meets members of the Finney family, who are cruel to each other and foul to others they meet, yet strangely pathetic at times. A murder occurs, of course. There are also hints of a shameful secret in the Gamache family history. Enjoy!

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JLMason
May 22, 2017

Fourth in the series and the best so far, possibly because it doesn't take place in claustrophobic Three Pines, but at a remote, claustrophobic resort on a lake during a Quebec summer. A dysfunctional, hateful family, resort folk with secrets, the affable Gamache, a tremendous thunderstorm and presto! a murder in paradise. Penny always portrays the darker aspects of peoples' characters, even "good" people, who (mostly) mask them and somehow manage to rise above them. Perhaps that what makes her books so readable despite the cloying village and its annoying inhabitants.

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rb3221
Apr 20, 2017

Louise Penny fans will love this novel and it is a good read but not her finest work and certainly not my favorite to date. The novel does move rather slowly and the motive for the murder may be believable but is also a bit far fetched. The suspects are many in this dis-functional family full of resentment, hostility and animosity. All of the members of this family become suspects with this very unusual method of murder: by a fallen statue. How could this huge statue possibly be pushed over? An unusual way indeed.
The novel also contains the back story about Gamache and how he became the man he is today: kind, strong, thoughtful and intuitive.

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quicksilvertoo
Jul 17, 2016

I'm ready the Gamache stories in order and enjoying a lot...I really get a feel for the characters Penny writes an excellent story, I love her plots.

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BWilsoned
Mar 12, 2016

Of course wherever Gamache goes, there will be a murder. This time, it's not exactly in Three Pines, but over the mountains a bit. Gamache and Reine Marie go to their favorite auberge to celebrate their anniversary only to find it full of a large family gathering to "celebrate" the patriarch by way of a statue. We knew it could only get worse when it turns out that Peter is a son of the family and Clara is the misfit in-law. Once again, made me very hungry to read about Chef Veronique's meals and I always enjoy reading about Beauvoir's discomfort among the Anglos (all crazy--and this case proves his point) and the 'wilderness' in which he has to work for this case--without a computer for goodness sake! Fun and satisfying.

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kathylou
Aug 06, 2015

I like the Inspector and his team and his family. I was sorry, though that we had to go back to the oh so precious Three PInes and its precious inhabitants. The Manoir Bellechasse was a nice change of setting for most of the book.

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M_K_F
Jul 07, 2015

Same book as A Rule Against Murder

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tocch101
Apr 08, 2015

A good continuation of the series.

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Dreamstime
Mar 20, 2015

Take a family of idiots and put them all together in a secluded lodge. A bizarre murder occurs and Gamache goes to work. Do you enjoy being bombarded by constant hostile internecine hatred, this book might be for you. Penny Louise's writing is lovely but cannot overcome the nasty dreariness of the story. I read the whole thing but felt like I was the idiot for doing so.

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molly
Feb 09, 2014

This is my first Louise Penny and I am hooked just because I really like her style of writing. Good writing is everything.

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