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ISBN13: 9780312655464
ISBN10: 0312655460
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Publisher Comments:

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time.

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monasterys massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of  prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Review:

"Religious music serves as the backdrop for bestseller Penny's excellent eighth novel featuring Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the Quebec Serti (after 2011's A Trick of the Light). Gamache and his loyal number two, Insp. Jean-Guy Beauvoir, travel to the isolated monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, which produced a CD of Gregorian chants that became a surprise smash hit, to investigate the murder of its choirmaster, Frere Mathieu, found within an enclosed garden in a fetal position with his head bashed in. Gamache soon finds serious divisions among the outwardly unified and placid monks, and begins to encourage confidences among them as a first step to catching the killer. Traditional mystery fans can look forward to a captivating whodunit plot, a clever fair-play clue concealed in plain view, and the deft use of humor to lighten the story's dark patches. On a deeper level, the crime provides a means for Penny's unusually empathic, all-too-fallible lead to unearth truths about human passions and weaknesses while avoiding simple answers. 150,000 first printing; author tour. Agent: Patty Moosbrugger, Teresa Chris Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Louise Penny has crafted an almost perfect crime — haunting, puzzling, brilliant and indeed a most beautiful mystery. Chief Inspector Gamache is one of my favorite characters in fiction. Here he must penetrate a cloistered monastery deep in the northern woods of Quebec, where a murdered monk is his ticket to get in. This is a tour-de-force for Penny, and a thrilling, intelligent read." Linda Fairstein

Review:

"A. Ma. Zing! A remarkably courageous — and very beautiful — book that leaps the abyss between faith and despair." Diana Gabaldon

Review:

"Elliptical and often oracular... also remarkably penetrating and humane. The most illuminating analogies are not to other contemporary detective fiction but to The Name of the Rose and Murder in the Cathedral." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"An entire mystery novel centering on Gregorian chants (whose curiously hypnotic allure is called the 'beautiful mystery')? Yes, indeed, and in the hands of the masterful Penny, the topic proves every bit as able to transfix readers as the chants do their listeners." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Elegant....This heart-rending tale is a marvelous addition to Penny's acclaimed series. Fans wont be disappointed." Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Louise Penny is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seven previous novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times — for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, and The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards). She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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Eleanor Comegys, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Eleanor Comegys)
Louise Penny has done it again! Her 2012 installment of the Chief Inspector Gamache series has beautiful, layered characterizations, gorgeous descriptions of the Quebec region in which the story takes place, deep insights into a way of life, and a fascinating plot line. It helps to have read the other books in the series, but I really believe that a newcomer to the series could pick this up and be completely mesmerized by the characters and plot without having the complete back story. If readers haven't read Penny's other books in the series, they will surely want to after they finish this wonderful book.
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Marti, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Marti)
I have really enjoyed all of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, but this one was especially magical. The setting was so unique and her writing made me feel like I was there. This book truly is a beautiful mystery.
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Read2013, January 23, 2013 (view all comments by Read2013)
Author Louise Penny's series is an amazing mixture of small closed settings that open because of the spirit of Inspector Gamache. His closed environments include his marriage, his work team, a small town, 3 pines, a big city Quebec, and each characters demons. This novel's closed environment is a lost monastery. This is a beautiful book. Author somehow tells a story of murder, everyone's damaged souls, sadness and love all in the investigation of crime. You will find a literary home, read all past and future Gamache books. As much ad i am a fan of Ms. Penny i have never thought before about feeling such a wide range of emotions. This book is lyrical. I don't understand why the content and emotional impact on the reader is so lasting, makes it doubly a beautiful mystery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312655464
Subtitle:
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Author:
Penny, Louise
Author:
Cosham, Ralph
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
No. 8
Publication Date:
20130702
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 CDs, 13 hrs.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Religious music serves as the backdrop for bestseller Penny's excellent eighth novel featuring Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the Quebec Serti (after 2011's A Trick of the Light). Gamache and his loyal number two, Insp. Jean-Guy Beauvoir, travel to the isolated monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, which produced a CD of Gregorian chants that became a surprise smash hit, to investigate the murder of its choirmaster, Frere Mathieu, found within an enclosed garden in a fetal position with his head bashed in. Gamache soon finds serious divisions among the outwardly unified and placid monks, and begins to encourage confidences among them as a first step to catching the killer. Traditional mystery fans can look forward to a captivating whodunit plot, a clever fair-play clue concealed in plain view, and the deft use of humor to lighten the story's dark patches. On a deeper level, the crime provides a means for Penny's unusually empathic, all-too-fallible lead to unearth truths about human passions and weaknesses while avoiding simple answers. 150,000 first printing; author tour. Agent: Patty Moosbrugger, Teresa Chris Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Louise Penny has crafted an almost perfect crime — haunting, puzzling, brilliant and indeed a most beautiful mystery. Chief Inspector Gamache is one of my favorite characters in fiction. Here he must penetrate a cloistered monastery deep in the northern woods of Quebec, where a murdered monk is his ticket to get in. This is a tour-de-force for Penny, and a thrilling, intelligent read."
"Review" by , "A. Ma. Zing! A remarkably courageous — and very beautiful — book that leaps the abyss between faith and despair."
"Review" by , "Elliptical and often oracular... also remarkably penetrating and humane. The most illuminating analogies are not to other contemporary detective fiction but to The Name of the Rose and Murder in the Cathedral."
"Review" by , "An entire mystery novel centering on Gregorian chants (whose curiously hypnotic allure is called the 'beautiful mystery')? Yes, indeed, and in the hands of the masterful Penny, the topic proves every bit as able to transfix readers as the chants do their listeners."
"Review" by , "Elegant....This heart-rending tale is a marvelous addition to Penny's acclaimed series. Fans wont be disappointed."
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