A Rule Against Murder

A Rule Against Murder

Book - 2009
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In this classic drawing room mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is looking forward to celebrating his wedding anniversary at the remote, luxurious Manoir Bellechasse. As Gamache's holiday becomes a busman's anniversary, he learns that the seemingly peaceful lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312614164
0312614160
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Penny Louise
Characteristics: viii, 322 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Murder stone

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cknightkc
Oct 08, 2019

A RULE AGAINST MURDER is the fourth installment of the Canadian mystery series by Louise Penny. This time most of the action takes place in a remote luxury lodge in the Quebec wilderness and not in the quaint and cozy village of Three Pines. Author Penny has a gift for words and developing compelling and complex characters. And in RULE, she crafts an intriguing murder mystery that kept me guessing not just “WHO done it?” but “HOW was it done?”

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Bkelley318
May 06, 2019

I enjoy Louise Penny's writing, plot and character development. But this book stars a family where the mother didn't want to be touched, a father who didn't want his children to take things for granted, and children who had always tricked, schemed, lied and cheated for approval. They had things but never love, or the perception of it. I don't like most of these characters, and even wonder if the author does.

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quicksilvertoo
Jul 17, 2016

I'm ready the Gamache stories in order and enjoying a lot...I really get a feel for the characters Penny writes an excellent story, I love her plots.

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BWilsoned
Mar 12, 2016

Of course wherever Gamache goes, there will be a murder. This time, it's not exactly in Three Pines, but over the mountains a bit. Gamache and Reine Marie go to their favorite auberge to celebrate their anniversary only to find it full of a large family gathering to "celebrate" the patriarch by way of a statue. We knew it could only get worse when it turns out that Peter is a son of the family and Clara is the misfit in-law. Once again, made me very hungry to read about Chef Veronique's meals and I always enjoy reading about Beauvoir's discomfort among the Anglos (all crazy--and this case proves his point) and the 'wilderness' in which he has to work for this case--without a computer for goodness sake! Fun and satisfying.

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kathylou
Aug 06, 2015

I like the Inspector and his team and his family. I was sorry, though that we had to go back to the oh so precious Three PInes and its precious inhabitants. The Manoir Bellechasse was a nice change of setting for most of the book.

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tocch101
Apr 08, 2015

A good continuation of the series.

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lpreston214
Dec 28, 2012

When a murder is committed at the resort where Armand and madam Gamache are staying, naturally he takes over the investigation. He has come to know the people at the inn and the others staying there. Actually, this story is more about them than about the murdered person or the murderer, or even the mystery itself. All that is secondary. This story is more about a family and its past.

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Roundcat
Sep 28, 2012

Louise Penny changes Gamache's venue to a secluded lodge, where his annual anniversary celebration with his wife turns into a murder case with a limited group of suspects, an impossible method of killing the victim, and views into Gamache's past. Three Pines and its characters do figure in, but the new location helps to move Gamache past the life and career threatening events of the previous book. In addition, I learned several things about sculpture past and present.

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wellb
Aug 16, 2012

Is this the same book as "The Murder Stone"?
(also published in 2008)

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YMPL
Mar 07, 2012

I had already read this story under another title: "The Killing Stone", which was my first experience of Louise Penny whose writing is wonderful.

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cknightkc
Oct 08, 2019

“He carried calm with him as other men wore cologne.” - p. 7

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cknightkc
Oct 08, 2019

“What was it Oscar Wilde said? I can resist everything except temptation.” - p. 17

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cknightkc
Oct 08, 2019

“Murder was deeply human. A person was killed and a person killed. And what powered the final thrust wasn't a whim, wasn't an event. It was an emotion. Something once healthy and human had become wretched and bloated and finally buried. But not put to rest. It lay there, often for decades, feeding on itself, growing and gnawing, grim and full of grievance. Until it finally broke free of all human restraint. Not conscience, not fear, not social convention could contain it. When that happened, all hell broke loose. And a man became a murderer.” - p. 95

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reeread
Oct 27, 2018

"But what's heaven and what's hell? It depends on our point of view. I love this place. For me, it's heaven. I see peace and quiet and beauty. But for Inspector Beauvoir it's hell. He sees chaos and discomfort and bugs. Both are true. It's perception. The mind is its own place, can make a heaven of hell, a hell of a heaven."

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rogebc_0
Sep 30, 2018

Gamache is on vacation but murder follows him when a statue falls over and kills someone. A great location in a big lodge in the woods.

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