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The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

St. Martin's Press | July 2, 2013 | Trade Paperback

8 of 10 in the series
The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel is rated 4.91304347826087 out of 5 by 23.

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 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 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.

The Beautiful Mystery is the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.19 × 5.46 × 1.08 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250031125

ISBN - 13: 9781250031129

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I am totally addicted to Louise Penny's books. This one was so different from the others but no less enjoyable. Louise Penny is a brilliant writer. Her characterization is excellent and her plots completely involving.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beautiful Mystery The story was well written, the descriptions of the abbey, the forests were beautiful. The story was captivating, I needed to know who did it! A great read.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I have read every one of Louise Penny's book and love every one of them. My only problem is having the patience to wait for her next publication. In this book I could see myself sitting in the Chapel listening to the monk singing and wondering who was the murderer
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Praying for more? What do you get when you mix a police investigation, a drug addiction, a festering and growing hatred with religion? You get yet another masterpiece from Louise Penny....A Must Read!
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Change of Scene This book takes place entirely in a monastery in remote northern Canada. It involves the murder of the prior in a religious community both small and talented in gregorian chant. It is also the story of how leadership in the Surete try to pit Gamache against Beauvoir.
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Holy" Gamache! While I missed Three Pines and the assorted villagers, this was an interesting, intriguing read.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gamache novel great Such a lovely title and more importantly a great read! I love reading the inspector Gamache novels. I'm looking forward to the next one
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beautiful Mystery Excellent as usual, I can sense a climax but I dont want the series to end ! Please Louise keep writing !
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery A secluded monetary, home to an order of monks renowned for their recording of Gregorian Chants, has its peace disrupted when the prior is found murdered. Chief Inspector Gamache finds an unholy mess on hands upon his arrival and struggles to find his killer among these devout men.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery This is a terrific read -- one of the best in the Gamache series.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery I loved this book - it feels like Inspector Gamache is like a priest, talking to the monks and the leaders to figure out who could have done this crime. So few books mention a sanctuary - finding space and quiet there and discerning who is doing what in a community of faith - always a challenge
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery I found this to be an intriguing mystery. I was troubled by the actions of Gamache's young protégé Jean Guy and anxious to learn more,. Penny is a brilliant writer, exploring the depths of the human soul.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery Louise Penny chose an unique setting filled with mystery for her story. Her very human characters create exquisite tension throughout the murder investigation. Dilemna was I could not put it down but I did not want it to end.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery This is another great novel by Louise Penny. Shem makes characters come alive and the description of the background of Quebec is wonderful. You can smell those croissants. The story keeps at a steady pace and there is always a little twist that you weren't expecting. Have enjoyed all of her novels.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery One of Penny's best in this series. Fascinating glimpse into a monastery of cloistered monks. Anyone who loves ancient music will also love this book. A great read!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery This was a great book. The way that Penny develops her characters really makes them come alive.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery Another fantastic novel from Louise Penny. I have read all her books and usually can't figure out who committed the crime until the very end. Ms. Penny has the ability to make the reader feel as if part of the setting.This particular novel ends with a twist, that MUST be followed up in the next installment
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery This is not only an intriguing mystery but is also a literary masterpiece. Louise Penny excels in creating interesting and believable characters who are as intriguing as the story line. Her books are about real people and this is one of her best. Hard to put down!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery This was my first novel of Louise Penny I read. I loved it!
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery This is the first book I read of Louise Penny's and throughout it I was intrigued by Gamache and Jean-Guy's interactions and personalities. I'm in awe of how Louise Penny's choice of a cloistered monastery to set this mystery in. At the start, I didn't think there'd be enough there as exposition of the crime; but she surprised me and caught my attention with exploring Gregorian chant and the history of how musical notes came into being. What a read! I liked it so much I'm intent on reading all her other novels.She hasn't disappointed me in any of them.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mystery Excellent story telling with unforgettable characters. Louise Penny brings to life Inspector Gamache with all his humanity and foibles and takes the reader into the tale. The monastery, the monks and rural Quebec become real as we walk with the Inspector and his colleague Jean-Guy to unravel the mystery and murder that haunts Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups.
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another triumph by Louise Penny Penny tackles a difficult subject - faith in God and faith in another human being. Woven together with the glory and intrigue of Gregorian chant sung by the monks of the monastery hidden in the inaccessible forests of Quebec, this story of the murdered prior reaches back into centuries of Church history when notated music had its beginning. It takes us on a journey that plunges down into the dark and tragic depths of the human soul and soars up into the heights of spiritual ecstasy. Penny gives us a glimpse into the ordered world of twenty-four monks devoted to their music as much as to their God, reminiscent of a murder mystery which took place in a medieval monastery in Italy devoted to manuscript illumination in the book "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco. Chief Inspector Gamache patiently reveals to us the hidden desires of the monks as he and Jean-Guy discover the secrets of the beautiful mystery held within the walls of the monastery for centuries. He never fails us and neither does Penny. Thank you for another wonderful story!
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! The Beautiful Mystery is the eighth entry in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. This series has become one of my favourites, but I have to say that this latest book is exceptional. The series is set in Canada. Gamache is with the Sûreté du Québec, as is his second in command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. In The Beautiful Mystery, Gamache and Beauvoir are called out on an unusual case and location. A monk at a monastery hidden away in the wilds of Québec has been murdered. The monastery has rebuffed visitors for the last four hundred years. There are only twenty four residents, all who live with a vow of silence - except when they are singing ancient Gregorian chants. Twenty three suspects. Penny has yet again devised an ingenious 'closed room' mystery that had me guessing until the last pages. The exploration of the monastic lifestyle and the chants were especially interesting. In her acknowledgments Penny says "I wanted to explore this beautiful mystery. How just a few notes can take us to a different time and place. Can conjure a person, an event, a feeling. Can inspire great courage, and reduce us to tears. And in the case of this book, I wanted to explore the power of ancient chants, Gregorian chants. On those who sing them, and those who hear them." The explanation of the effect of the music on the listener was compelling. I listened to the audio version of this book and the inclusion of chants at the beginning and end of the book prompted me to put holds on some Gregorian chant CDs at the library. But the real draw of Penny's books are the characters - especially Gamache. He is such a wise, intuitive, caring person. But he has faced his share of heartache - most notably with Beauvoir. A previous case has left both men physically and emotionally damaged. The healing has started, but has miles to go. A surprise appearance by Gamache's superior at the monastery complicates things further. And take Gamache to a very dark place. I become so invested and immersed in the characters that populate Penny's novels that they almost feel quite real. Gamache and Beavoir's complicated relationship and their attempts to continue moving forward despite the past make them all the more believable. Penny's storytelling is rich and varied, full of nuance and inflection. The pared down setting for this book was perfect, echoing the raw truths that are exposed. The ending has only left me hoping that Penny gives us more Gamache before too much time elapses. I chose to listen to this latest book and may well do so with all the Gamache books. There's always a worry that a narrator will not be the right fit for the mental image you've created for a character. Ralph Cosham was the reader for The Beautiful Mystery...and he was perfect. He has a rich, full bodied voice that is deep and sonorous, conveying the quiet strength of Gamache. The cadence, rhythm, pauses and more sound like actual conversation, not simply a reading of pages. The accent passes muster and is easily understood. Just an absolutely fantastic read/listen/series - highly recommended.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated out of 5 by from Any idea when this is coming out as an ebook?
Date published: 2012-08-24

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The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.19 × 5.46 × 1.08 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250031125

ISBN - 13: 9781250031129

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THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY (Chapter 1)As the last note of the chant escaped the Blessed Chapel a great silence fell, and with it came an even greater disquiet.The silence stretched on. And on.These were men used to silence, but this seemed extreme, even to them.And still they stood in their long black robes and white tops, motionless.Waiting.These were men also used to waiting. But this too seemed extreme.The less disciplined among them stole glances at the tall, slim, elderly man who had been the last to file in and would be the first to leave.Dom Philippe kept his eyes closed. Where once this was a moment of profound peace, a private moment with his private God, when Vigils had ended and before he signaled for the Angelus, now it was simply escape.He closed his eyes because he didn’t want to see.Besides, he knew what was there. What was always there. What had been there for hundreds of years before he arrived and would, God willing, be there for centuries after he was buried in the cemetery. Two rows of men across from him, in black robes with white hoods, a simple rope tied at their waists.And beside him to his right, two more rows of men.They were facing each other across the stone floor of the chapel, like ancient battle lines.No, he told his weary mind. No. I mustn’t think of this as a battle, or a war. Just opposing points of view. Expressed in a healthy community.Then why was he so reluctant to open his eyes? To get the day going?To signal the great bells that would ring
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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 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 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.

The Beautiful Mystery is the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best novel.

About the Author

LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of ten Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Editorial Reviews

"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 Magazine (4 out 4 stars)"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"A. Ma. Zing! A remarkably courageous-and very beautiful-book that leaps the abyss between faith and despair." -Diana Gabaldon"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"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)"Elegant. This heart-rending tale is a marvelous addition to Penny's acclaimed series. Fans won't be disappointed." -Library Journal (starred review)"Traditional mystery fans can look forward to a captivating whodunit plot, a clever fair-play c
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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 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 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.