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  • Audio CD: 11 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (28 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427226091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427226099
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise Penny has worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with expertise in hard news and current affairs. She was born and raised in Toronto, but now lives in a picturesque village in Quebec with her husband. She is the recipient of the CWA New Blood Dagger for Crime Fiction, the CWC Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, the Agatha Award for Best Novel and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. For more information on Louise Penny and the C. I. Gamache crime series, visit her website www.louisepenny.com.

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Haunting, brilliant...Chief Inspector Gamache is one of my favourite characters in fiction (Linda Fairstein)

Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable - the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace (New York Times)

With enormous empathy for the troubled human soul - and an ending that makes your blood race and your heart break - Penny continues to raise the bar of her splendid series (People)

For the reader, meanwhile, there's a final beautiful mystery to contemplate: How does Penny consistently write such luminous and compassionate books? (Seattle Times)

An ingenious, gripping and elegantly written mystery... an utterly magical read (Irish Independent)

Rich in character, language, humour and emotional tension, this is one of those books you immerse yourself in and miss once you've emerged (Morning Star)

A pleasingly ambitious novel . . . this is a novel that places its faith in characterisation, atmosphere and the endlessly fascinating psychology of the human mind (Irish Times)

Gripping (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The ingenious, sinister new novel in the internationally bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy McFarlane on 12 April 2014
Format: Paperback
There seem to be conflicting reviews on this novel but for me it was a fantastic read. It often amazes me how a few readers can have such different views of books but I suppose this is what makes writing reviews and reading the books in the first place so interesting. Sometimes I read a novel if the reviews are bad just to see for myself! I enjoyed this one in the series all the more for it's haunting claustrophobic atmosphere, something which this author is so good at. I loved the whole idea of the silently trapped monks dispairing at visitors to their closed off world and the thought that one of their own was responsible for the sudden death of the elderly prior, for me it made this book even more special. I was pleased also for the story to be set outside Three Pines as it gives more depth to the tale and makes it more realistic somehow...not many murders are committed in one small place continually unless you dwell in Midsomer! A great read, one for the collection and a nice change from the English country murders.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jollycat on 1 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the Inspector Gamache novels and enjoyed every one until now but have to say this was my least favourite. There are three main plot lines: I found the main mystery rather disappointing and because the monks never seemed to become individual characters the ending didn't have a huge impact. The Surete politics sub-plot is getting frustrating and too melodramatic and the musical mystery of the title unfortunately was just not correct. I also found it annoying that the supposedly Francophone Gamache 'mistranslates' a key phrase that is already in French. Having said all that there is some lovely imagery and Penny is clearly passionate about her subject. Worth reading if you've read earlier books and want to complete the set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
I've struggled with the last few of Louise Penny's "Inspector Gamache" series. I found the stories thin and the citizens of "Three Pines" increasingly irksome. However, "The Beautiful Mystery" marks a return to her best form.

Thankfully, there is no involvement from "Three Pines" in this book and it is the better for it. The story is slow-burn but satisfyingly complex and the addition of a rival police officer into the mix half-way through is inspired.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, although I do have a few reservations. Firstly, Inspector Beauvoir has always been hard to like, and this is particularly true in this book. I thought that might begin to change with the charming love-story set-up at the close of the previous book, but this book turns out very differently. Secondly, I agree with some reviewers that the police-politics sub-plot is getting overcooked. Ms Penny clearly has more to say on this point and I hope she can keep it within the realms of possibility, as they story is getting close to soap-opera.

If you've enjoyed the earlier books then this is to be recommended. The mystery is enjoyable and the setting suitably claustrophobic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damo Green on 1 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
This was my first Inspector Gamache book – and it will be the last. I found it to be very weak with too many unbelievable aspects.

The fundamental essential to any crime novel is to have a convincing plot. The setting for this book was ideal – an isolated monastery with only 24 monks – but there was no suspense, atmosphere or characterisation of any of the monks apart from clichéd sketches. The mystery plot was weak to non-existent with the author more concerned about relation between the police officers.

The actions of the Surete boss were unbelievable and more appropriate to a pantomime villain. He just so happened to find the doctor’s note saying “Take as needed” – how convenient! Just how often can members of the Surete assault each other?

There was far too much repetition throughout the book, be it the constant references to how enchanting the music was (I got the message after the tenth time!), the warehouse shootings (presumably in an earlier novel) or how much Beauvoir loved Annie. With proper editing the book could have been reduced down considerably in size.

Whilst I liked the setting there were some fundamental aspects that were just too incredible to believe. We were expected to believe:
-That there could be a monastery of 24 monks that has been hidden for 400 years, with not even the Vatican knowing they existed. This despite the fact that the poached all their monks from other monasteries.
-That such an enclosed and hidden monastery could record a multi selling record of Gregorian chants with basic recording equipment. How did it get released with no interaction with the world?
-That only one member of an enclosed order of monks would have a working knowledge of Latin???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lynne Baxter on 23 Aug 2013
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I have loved the previous Inspector Gamache books but this one was a bit disappointing. Louise Penny creates a good atmosphere but there was too much repetition about the music and not enough suspense. It could have been shorter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Stewart on 28 Aug 2013
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Inspector Gamache is such a warm, rich and genteel character you can't help but love him. To my mind, this detective series are a cut above the rest because each story conjours up a wonderful world of far flung villiage life and gentility with a pinch of art and a good dash of a modern murder case to solve with all that entails.

This particular offering is set in a monastery in a really, really far flung place. It brings to life monastic life through the contemplative eyes of Gamach and the, not so contemplative, eyes of his right hand man. It is a treasure and not to be missed but, if you have not read any of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series I would recommend that you start at the beginning (Still Life) and work your way through them so that you can get to know and love the, slightly odd, characters that she brings to life.
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