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The Beautiful Mystery

1 rating: 3.0
By Louise Penny

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Author: Louise Penny,
Genre: mystery and suspense,
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Date Published: 08-28-2012
ISBN: 9780312655454
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"Everything is beautiful, in it's own way." Song lyrics

  • Nov 21, 2012
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir are called to investigate a murdered body at a cloistered monastery.

The choir director has been murdered and a complication is that the monks have taken a vow of silence, except for their chanting. Their music has been recorded and brought the monastery a welcome income.

Armand and Jean-Guy meet the leader of the community and he shows them the body. It's a good example of a locked room mystery where all of the suspects are in this wilderness area and one must be the killer.

Two other stories are interwoven into the mystery. Jean-Guy is in love with Armand's daughter and plans to ask for her hand. Also, Chief Superintendent Francoeur arrives and attempts to undermine Gamache's investigation. In a very nice show of loyalty, Jean-Guy sticks up for Gamache at every turn.

The novel is well done with good characterizations and a nice job in describing the monastic life and how that changed when the choir master recorded the monks' Gregorian Chants and the monastery became a place tourists tried to get to.

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