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."
""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.

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


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May 06, 2019

I enjoy Louise Penny's writing, plot and character development. But this book stars a family where the mother didn't want to be touched, a father who didn't want his children to take things for granted, and children who had always tricked, schemed, lied and cheated for approval. They had things but never love, or the perception of it. I don't like most of these characters, and even wonder if the author does.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 08, 2015

A good continuation of the series.

Dec 28, 2012

When a murder is committed at the resort where Armand and madam Gamache are staying, naturally he takes over the investigation. He has come to know the people at the inn and the others staying there. Actually, this story is more about them than about the murdered person or the murderer, or even the mystery itself. All that is secondary. This story is more about a family and its past.

Sep 28, 2012

Louise Penny changes Gamache's venue to a secluded lodge, where his annual anniversary celebration with his wife turns into a murder case with a limited group of suspects, an impossible method of killing the victim, and views into Gamache's past. Three Pines and its characters do figure in, but the new location helps to move Gamache past the life and career threatening events of the previous book. In addition, I learned several things about sculpture past and present.

Aug 16, 2012

Is this the same book as "The Murder Stone"?
(also published in 2008)

Mar 07, 2012

I had already read this story under another title: "The Killing Stone", which was my first experience of Louise Penny whose writing is wonderful.

hermlou Sep 13, 2011

Inspector Gamache and his wife go annually to luxurious Manoir Bellechasse for their wedding anniversary. Also there for their annual reunion is the Finney family, including the elderly parents and four adult children with two spouses and one child. The family fights frequently, for each knows how to wound the other, and all are suspect when one of the daughters is killed by a statue falling on her. There is sorrow and gentle humor as Gamache solves the mystery. It could be a textbook in a study of family dynamics. Penny writes and plots well, and I've enjoyed every one of her books.


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Sep 30, 2018

Gamache is on vacation but murder follows him when a statue falls over and kills someone. A great location in a big lodge in the woods.


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Oct 27, 2018

"But what's heaven and what's hell? It depends on our point of view. I love this place. For me, it's heaven. I see peace and quiet and beauty. But for Inspector Beauvoir it's hell. He sees chaos and discomfort and bugs. Both are true. It's perception. The mind is its own place, can make a heaven of hell, a hell of a heaven."

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