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The Beautiful Mystery (Armand Gamache Series #8)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

If I could rate this book 10 stars I would. When I finished the

If I could rate this book 10 stars I would. When I finished the last
page, all I could think was that I can’t wait for another year to see
what happens with the story. When I first started reading the book and
realized that it all takes place in a monastery with no Thr...
If I could rate this book 10 stars I would. When I finished the last
page, all I could think was that I can’t wait for another year to see
what happens with the story. When I first started reading the book and
realized that it all takes place in a monastery with no Three Pines
interaction, I wondered how the emotional pull in all of Ms. Penny’s
books, would happen in this book. No worries on that score! Chief
Inspector Armand Gamache and his second in command Jean-Guy Beauvior
have been sent to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups to
investigate the murder of one of the monks. The monastery is a closed
one and the monks follow the vow of silence. Hundreds of years before
the monks fled France and the Inquisition and had supposedly disappeared
as an order. Two years prior to the murder, the monks had released a
recording of them singing Gregorian chants and “blown their cover”.
No-one is allowed into the monastery and the resultant fame from the
recording has caused dissention among the monks. Gamache and Beauvior
have to work through the stories of the men living in a closed
environment and find the truth about the murder. The isolation of the
location and the certainty that the murderer is one of the monks adds to
the eeriness of the situation. The recurring theme of the book seems to
me to be that the men who have come to live there regard it as their own
slice of Eden. They live for love of their God and the music. They
lead simple but fulfilled lives and the music recording meant to raise
money for repairs and to maintain their way of life has actually
introduced the serpent in the garden. Gamache and Beauvior find a group
living in harmony with a common bond but they also find the cracks and
need to find out what was the issue that led one of the monks to kill.
There is also an overlapping theme about the nature of the chants and
the history of written music as it relates to Gregorian chants that is
quite interesting. Gamache and Beauvior have put the trauma of two years
before behind them and are seemingly in a good place. Beauvior has
become free of his addiction to pain killers and is secretly dating
Gamache’s daughter Annie. He is happy with his life. Gamache still
carries the physical and emotional scars from that time as well but he
has made a sort of peace with it. The two men are forced to re-evaluate
their feelings when their own personal serpent arrives at the monastery
and begins to spread his poison. The ending of the book is heart
wrenching and will leave the reader hungry for the next installment in
the series. Ms. Penny does a wonderful job of putting the reader into
the minds of the characters so that their hurts become our hurts and we
really care about what happens next.

posted by SharonRedfern on August 28, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The Mystery was OK. I would have liked more insight into the pe

The Mystery was OK. I would have liked more insight into the perp's background and psyche. Hate the on-going conflict between Gamache, Beauvoir and the evil Chief Françoeur. Loved the first books. Not sure I'll buy another in this series unless it returns to Twin Pin...
The Mystery was OK. I would have liked more insight into the perp's background and psyche. Hate the on-going conflict between Gamache, Beauvoir and the evil Chief Françoeur. Loved the first books. Not sure I'll buy another in this series unless it returns to Twin Pines.

posted by 2894730 on August 31, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    The Mystery was OK. I would have liked more insight into the pe

    The Mystery was OK. I would have liked more insight into the perp's background and psyche. Hate the on-going conflict between Gamache, Beauvoir and the evil Chief Françoeur. Loved the first books. Not sure I'll buy another in this series unless it returns to Twin Pines.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    The Disappointing Mystery

    I loved Louise Penny’s earlier books in this series but found this one very disappointing. I am also tired of the internal conflict at the Surete dragging on and on. While much of the book’s discussion around the chants and music was interesting there wasn’t enough character or background development. You’ve got a monastery of 24 men living in isolation in a very remote part of Canada where a murder occurs and you don’t do a background check on these men to see who they were before they joined the monastery? These men obviously had some contact with the outside world but there was no discussion of how and when that happened. I suspect she was trying to write the mystery to resemble a chant – simple and without embellishment. But what works for a chant does not necessarily a good mystery read make.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    This is a single beautiful mystery told in three melodic parts:

    This is a single beautiful mystery told in three melodic parts: how one brother could destroy another when they shared so much beauty in music and the sweet peace of their monastery; how incredibly delicate, and yet how strong, are the threads of love that bind us to the people and things we love; how the carefully crafted words of The Beautiful Mystery could so break my heart and make me feel such a sad yearning to not yet be parted from these very dear companions. Please Ms. Penny, bring them back to us soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Recommend

    I am a mystery lover and found this to be a good summer read. I will go back and read the rest of the series now that I have been introduced to the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Disappointed

    I have loved this series until now. The plot was boring and the characters undeveloped. I am tired of the over the top conflict between Gamache and his superior. Ms Penny seems to have lost her way.

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