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The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #8)

The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #8)

4.4 14
by Louise Penny

ISBN-10: 1250031125

ISBN-13: 9781250031129

Pub. Date: 07/02/2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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

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The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
While killing time on a weekend jaunt, a thrift store caught my attention and craving a dig through a pile of books called my name. Among those longing for a home, I found Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery. Others had talked of Penny’s books and her extraordinary gift of storytelling but I had never read one of hers. This would be my first. The moment I opened to the Prologue and read the first two sentences Penny had my attention: "In the early nineteenth century the Catholic Church realized it had a problem. Perhaps, it must be admitted, more than one." The hook–the idea of a church, any church, realizing and admitting it has a problem, “perhaps more than one”–is well written and holds a certain amount of curiosity. What kind of problem? How large? Who’s behind the problem? And in the “early nineteenth century?” Meeting Chief Inspector Gamache for the first time held a certain fascination as well. Penny’s use of descriptive words and phrases in writing this character is exceptional, painting an image in the mind of this man destined to unlock mystery after mystery. Her characters, while fully developed on the page, are human in emotion and action. Interwoven into The Beautiful Mystery is the history of ancient church music. As in most monasteries of the time, music may have been the only vocal activity among its residents. And currently, it seemed to be part of the Church’s problems. Louise Penny writes a mystery filled with thought-provoking turns and twists while gifting the reader with a gracious and intelligent read. Although part of a series, The Beautiful Mystery, stands alone in its own right. Recommend for those who enjoy mystery, suspense, and a bit of history thrown in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and loved the first 7 books in this series, but found this one a bit disappointing.  The main plot is as good as all, but it seemed padded with fluff and repetition in places, as if the author had a certain number of pages to fill. As a fan of Gregorian Chant, I found   learning about them interesting and made me want to get out my CD.  I am now starting #9 in the series and expecting another 5-Star story.
mrszipper55 More than 1 year ago
This is another suspenseful book in the series...just 'beautiful'ly written. My heart broke at the ending...I immediately had to start reading the next one! One other thing...I think the best way to read this series is chronologically...I don't think they would make as much sense otherwise.
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As with all of the Armand Gamache series, this one is a good read so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first time reading this author. Loved it. Great story and a page turner. Strongly recommend. I will have to go backwards and see what I missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. This was my introduction to this author, have read many of her books since then. Loved them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this earlier this year at the recommendation of a client. I was not disappointed. I was reminded of Daphne duMaurier's and Agatha Christie's writing. Good mystery, engaging characters, and believable plot. Had me guessing until the end! I just ordered her first two in the Gamache series. Her writing style is perfect for bedtime-- not so exciting it will keep you up till all hours, but interesting enough to keep you wanting to know what happens next. I have recommended this to several other avid readers.
SJN1950 More than 1 year ago
I read the series for the character of Armand Gamache and the satellite of people around him, not for the location of Three Pines. I found the change of location refreshing, though I enjoy Three Pines and the people who live there. This book heats up the antagonism between Armand and his immediate superior and between him and his second in command, Jean Guy. It nicely parallels that which is going on in the monastery. As always, Armand's skills of observation and knowledge of human nature, including his own, are at the forefront. I found the history of Gregorian chant interesting, though Louise Penny could have used some editing regarding her repetitious description of its rapturous beauty and divinity--a bit tiresome--(I think I am more like Jean-Guy in this regard!). I would like to see more of the Inspector farther afield from Three Pines.
Mystery-reader13 More than 1 year ago
I love Louise Penny and the Gamache series. Along with a great mystery, Penny provides a fascinating look into the world of Monks who follow a vow of silence. Some reviewers have said they missed the link to Three Pines. I didn't find that a detraction at all. It's still the fabulous Armand Gamache and the storyline with his future son-in-law deepens. In my opinion, this book is as good as the rest!
alleyAG More than 1 year ago
A great mystery story with lots of twists and turns. The insights into the life of monks in a remote Quebec monastery and the history of the ancient chants was interesting. Louise Penny has a knack for weaving a good mystery story and developing intereting characters. It was great to learn a new musical term for the early musical notations neumes (pronounced nooms). Loved the book and am encouraged to read another of her books.
goatdriver More than 1 year ago
The Beautiful Mystery further enhances Louise Penny's status as one of the very best mystery writers. The Beautiful Mystery has numerous twists and turns, but avoids a "out of nowhere" solution. Ms. Penny continues to develop her very human characters and further develops relationships established in prior novels in the series. A must read for Gamache fanx!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK! Louise Penny's books just keep getting better and better. The ending broke my heart. I can hardly wait for the next one.