The Beautiful Mystery
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2012-08-28
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 373
Edition language: English
This Gamache doesn't hang together very well. When Gamache and two of his team are called to a monastery to investigate a murder, things once again come to a head with Jean- Guy and Gamache's supervisor who is intent on making him pay for not being corruptible. I also didn't get much of the discussi...
This 8th book of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quite honestly broke my heart a little. Louise Penny doesn't just write mysteries, she writes about human beings. People in all sorts of troubles, with all sorts of flaws, and with both moments of deepest despair and the supreme joy. I guess one co...
I seem to be one of the few people who isn't in love with this installment in the Gamache series, so I'll keep this brief. The anti-Christian views of the author come through constantly and clearly in this novel. As the setting is a monastery rather than the storybook Three Pines, there are plenty...
Beautiful yet heart-breaking. Devotion, music, addiction, hate, enmity, love and peace. Louise Penny really knows how to write her stuff. Four stars!
I avoided this book for weeks because I've gotten so attached to the characters that I couldn't stand to see one of them strapping on a jetpack to speed up their downward spiral. Ye gods, that was painful. The writing was beautiful as always. I really enjoyed everything to do with the murder inv...