The Beautiful Mystery

3.5
No outsiders are ever admitted to the onastery 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 vow of silence, the onks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is regarde as " beautiful mystery. "

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery 's 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 sibling, in another life of prayer and meditatio, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront al of his own emons, as ell as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the murdere, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

This Beautiful Mystery is winner of 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best ovel.
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Original Title of the Book
The Beautiful Mystery
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Published August 28th 2012 by Macmillan Audio (first published August 1st 2012

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Louise Penny has taken another gamble with this particula novel in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series.

Combinin this whittled down Homicide squad of the Sûreté du Québec, Gamache soon discovers that the priory is well-known for its chanting monks, who were headed by music director Frère Mathieu, the ictim of a significant blow to the head that cost him his life.

While Gamache discovers personal clashes amongst the monks, he goe to see that many have reason to want Frère Mathieu out of the way.

Th contrasts nicely with revelations the reader learn about Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir, who struggles not only with his attempts to explai why nyone would expec to choose a life in a riory, but also with a deep secret he is keeping from Gamache.

I am delighted to have found his series and continue to feel pleased with my choice to binge through the novels until I am caught up with many who have been praising this collection for a long time.Kudos, Madam Penny, for th unique piece.

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Rating: 4.75* of five The Publisher Says: The brilliant new novel in thi New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of he most acclaimed crime writers of our time.No outsiders are ever admitted to the conven of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer.

Ironically, for a community that has taken th vow of silence, the priest have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is nown as “ the beautiful mystery. ” But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery ’ s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec.

They deserve to rocket up the bestseller lists because Louise Penny invests her characters with believable inner lives.

Like real people, their responses bring up feelings, strong ones, in us their friends ... their readers ... Louise Penny 's readers.

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Historical theme: An ancient order, the Gilbertines, is occupying the monastery with a unique selection of monks singing an ancient collection of Gregorian chants as part of their Divine Office.

The monks are facing each other in two lines, across the stone floor of the church, like ancient battle lines.

Always silently.Plot: Chief Inspector Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir, his assistant, of the Sûreté du Québec, is referred to investigate th murder in this isolated abbey.

Sub-plot: The friendshi between the two colleagues are tested on a much deeper level when they are removed from their own lives and established behind the thick walls of a monastery which has never een any other human beings other than monks in its centuries-old existence.

" Armand Gamache had expected to need a few moments to adjust to the dark interior.

Every second book moves away from the readers' beloved fictional village, Three Pines, which, in thi irst place, showcases her ability to write any murder mystery successfully.

Thirdl, and that 's my opinion, she explains her readers, by moving away from the established theme of thi series, thereby adding new possibilities on a constant, and in the very successful way.

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Despite the initial trepidation this set off in my head, it was quickly allayed by the story that Louise Penny laid before me.

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I like the books set in Three Pines best, largely because I have become very attached to som of Penny 's wonderful characters.

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Th locked monastery mystery- somewhere in the back of beyond in the northern Quebec wilderness there sits a 400 year old monastery inhabited by 24 members of a cloistered order who devote their lives to God and chanting.

Gamache and Beauvoir are called in to investigate.The problems I have with th nove: the abbot 's recruiting of new members, poaching them from other monasteries on the basis of their voices ( like football recruiters?)- the description of monastery life as th whole is not very convincing.

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