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A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,348 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date:
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Wealthy, cultured, and respectable, the Finney family is the epitome of gentility. When Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer, the hotel’s staff spring into action. For the children have come to this idyllic lakeside retreat for a special occasion—a memorial has been organized to pay tribute to their late father. But as the heat wave gathers strength, it is not just the statue of an old man that is unveiled. Old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface, and the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family has another member to mourn.

A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder enquiry. The hotel is full of possible suspects—even the Manoir’s staff have something to hide, and it’s clear that the victim had many enemies. With its remote location, the lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their pasts … until the past catches up with them.

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  • “Louise Penny applies her magic touch to A Rule against Murder, giving the village mystery an elegance and depth not often seen in this traditional genre. Although Penny is no slouch at constructing a whodunit puzzle, her great skill is her ability to create a charming mise-en-scene and inhabit it with complex characters.”

    New York Times

  • “Celebrated British narrator and actor Ralph Cosham brings this wonderful murder mystery to life and draws in listeners with his charisma…Cosham’s characters are refreshingly original and never overplayed, and the Old World quality of his voice invokes radio murder mysteries from decades past, creating an endlessly entertaining listening experience.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Intriguing, well-crafted…Seamless, often lyrical prose artfully reveals the characters’ flaws, dreams and blessings.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers who haven’t discovered Louise Penny and her Armand Gamache series yet are in for a treat…Not only are we treated to Penny’s usual rich characterizations, but the atmospheric and beautiful language will make you want to take your next vacation at the manoir…One of the best traditional mystery series currently being published.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ralph Cosham will please old fans and gain new ones with his appealing voice, charming Quebeçois accents, and expert characterizations and pacing.”

    AudioFile

  • “Listeners to Ralph Cosham’s exquisite reading of Penny’s fourth ‘Three Pines’ mystery will not be surprised to learn he’s won three Listen Up Awards from Publishers Weekly.

    Library Journal

  • “Cosham perfectly modulates his voice and adjusts timing to sustain and heighten tension. His reading also creates a believable picture of Gamache’s interior life, one that is comfortable and curious but also thoughtful and suspicious.”

    Booklist

  • Selected for the February 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2009
  • A Booklist Top 10 Mystery of 2009

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Aconstantreader | 2/14/2014

    " Fourth book in the Armand Gamache series. As always, I love the depth and strength of the Louise Penny's characters. These cozy mysteries always make me want to run away and live in Three Pines. Now I need to vacation at Manoir Bellechasse. Looking forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Amanda Norwood | 2/10/2014

    " Love her characters. This was a hard book to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jpavalock | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting with a twist, something I didn't expect "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Suzanne | 2/7/2014

    " I love the whole series "

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About the Author
Author Louise Penny

Louise Penny was born in Toronto and worked as a journalist and radio host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, specializing in hard news and current affairs. Today she lives outside a small village south of Montreal, along with her husband and three golden retrievers.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.