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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: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781427271587
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"What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois.
It was such an extraordinary thing to say it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette.
"You have a rule against murder?" he asked.
"I do. When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact....Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe."

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family—rich, cultured, and respectable—has also arrived for a celebration of their own.
The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax in A Rule Against Murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cosham at his very best…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 review)

  • “Suspects abound, naturally, and Gamache sorts through them with aplomb. One of the best traditional mystery series currently being published.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This latest treat in the series will keep fans salivating in anticipation, savoring each delectable morsel and yearning for more.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

    " I love the whole series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Agnelly | 2/4/2014

    " Another wonderful book by Louise Penny as I make my way through this series. Each book is a delight and each book unpeals another layer of Inspector Gamache and his assistant, Beauvoir. Although this one did not take place in the Village of Three Pines, the village is visited in the book and certain residents of the village play key roles in this story. So good. This really deserves 4.5 stars. Am eager to start the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 2/4/2014

    " I enjoy this series very much. This particular book started slowly but blossomed as the story developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tinne | 2/3/2014

    " Heart-warming and cosy. I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Scully | 1/16/2014

    " Cozy mystery, as usual. Most satisfying read. Makes me want to grab the next in the series. The Morrow's are a very strange family, indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 12/12/2013

    " This is the 4th mystery in the Three Pines series. I adore the characters and settings of these series and each mystery is so wonderfully plotted and unraveled. Definitely one of my favorite mystery writers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/7/2013

    " Such great character development and story telling and it just keeps getting better! I feel as if I would know these characters if I bumped into them and want to know what sort of trouble will confront them next. Excellent all around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 10/28/2013

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Inspector Armand Gamache; while at a resort, Gamache and his wife meet a family, which includes two friends of theirs; later a member of the family is murdered by a falling statue and all are suspects "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Evans | 10/28/2013

    " A Rule Against Murder was my introduction to Penny and her wonderful Gamache. I loved the book and at once searched out everything by Penny I could find. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 9/18/2013

    " I really enjoy Ruth's poetry. I'd be thrilled if Ms. Penny were ever to release a book of Ruth's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne | 3/26/2013

    " I've fallen in love with this author and her characters. It's basically a cozy mystery, but with much more depth than the typical cozy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 7/24/2012

    " I love Armande Gamache! I would like to live next door to him and his wife. He is a wonderful character and Louise Penny is a wonderful writer. Every book in this series comes with a guarantee to be satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides | 5/15/2012

    " I'm sad to say that this seriously ran out of steam before the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizpeveto | 4/18/2012

    " Murder ruins the Gamache's anniversary holiday. How convenient that Three Pines is so close and all our familiar citizens are still able to assist in the investigation. What happened to Nicole, the difficult investigator? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kelberer | 4/15/2012

    " Louise Penny delivers again - excellent writing, characters that grow on you, and a very enjoyable guide in Inspector Gamache "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S_mcclure | 1/23/2012

    " Loved it. Her writing is subtle, great mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 1/5/2012

    " Great characters, intelligent plots and interesting current day Quebec setting make these police procedurals on a par with Donna Leon's Venice mysteries. Better if read in order for the ongoing stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 9/3/2011

    " Fabulous! Kept me guessing who the murderer was throughout the whole story and I was completely surprised and shocked. Looking forward to reading the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 5/19/2011

    " I'm really loving this Inspector Gamache series, set in Quebec. Penny's method of character development is quite remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Thanks to Louise Penny for another page turner. So far I've enjoyed all the books in this series. Keep them coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 5/5/2011

    " This series is growing on me. The characters are developing in an interesting way. Interesting insights into Canada and Quebec. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/14/2011

    " This series seems to get better with each new addition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, although I didn't like quite a few of the many characters, and was a bit irritated with the author for leaving some questions unanswered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/11/2011

    " I love the Armand Gamache series. Louise Penny's writing style reminds me of Jan Karon's Mitford series in the way she depicts the villagers and life in Three Pines only with mysteries and a Canadian accent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 4/9/2011

    " Loved it! This series has combined charm with suspicion and showcases beautifully flawed heroes along with doggedly perfect ones. This was a good puzzler, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/9/2011

    " Continuing this wonderful series, you get to know the characters even more -- as well as deepening your knowledge of Quebec. Very nice series indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 4/2/2011

    " This has been the best of the series thus far. I laughed and cried and read the book in snippets, so that it would last longer. With each book, Ms. Penny's writing improves, and that is saying something, because she is a truly wonderful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 3/27/2011

    " This is the first Louise Penny book I have read but will be picking more up soon. Great mystery and wonderful characters, just one of those books that you love to grab a blanket and a coffee and curl up on the couch with.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnne | 3/26/2011

    " Loved loved loved this one. This collection has everything that I love. I want to underline and remember some things. Love the characters and the newly added characters. Penny is a master "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 3/22/2011

    " Another great Armand Gamache mystery! "

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About the Author
Author Louise PennyLOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the 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.
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.