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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Audie Award Nominee, Mystery, 2013

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times best-selling 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica Rosner | 2/14/2014

    " In my real life now I am dealing with a not gracefully aging mother, the death of my beloved cousin, and an overwhelming workload with looming deadlines. This book took me away every time I listened to it. It began life with me as an audio book, but I bought the hardcover to have. So I listened while I worked, and when I was ready for bed, dove in to the words. It was escape, but more than that. It was a mostly non violent murder mystery, if that makes any sense. No serial killers, no dismemberment, no clever psychopaths killing with never before heard of methods. Just a murder. One man, a monk is killed. In a monastery. Where no one but monks have lived, or have left. So, as the inspector (Gamache) and his number one, Beauvoir, enter the monetary, so do we readers. Even with a murderer in their midst, I was envious. I wanted to chant, to pick blueberries, to know what each day would be like. So, for an hour or so each day, I was able to do just that. Would recommend to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michale | 2/5/2014

    " This series just keeps getting better. I particularly enjoy the way Penny weaves in story lines, whose seeds she planted in previous books, that come to fruition a few books down the line. Gamache and Beauvoir's relationship is filled with a beautiful tension she has nuanced through the entire series. I also can't help but notice that Gamache's talents - watchfulness, patience, the ability to ask simple yet direct questions, and the ego-less way he acknowledges what he doesn't know provide a good model for offering pastoral care, not just for solving murders. I was glad this book was not set in Three Pines, for a change of pace, and enjoyed the descriptions of the Abbey of St. Gilbert and its residents. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Candace | 1/22/2014

    " I found this book fascinating. Not only was the mystery interesting, the book took you into a world you don't normally see, a monastery in Quebec, and a look into the history of something musically mesmerizing, the gregorian chants. I love books that give me so much more than expected,and I was entralled from the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harry Lane | 1/22/2014

    " Penny's characters are well developed and evolving through the series. Part of the charm is the Canadian setting, and in this particular volume, a remote monastery. Populated by only 24 monks, the murderer has to be one of them, making this close to a locked room mystery. Penny evokes an atmosphere that almost makes one feel the interplay of emotions among the suspects and investigators. Plus there is conflict among the police, which is unresolved at the end of this book. To be continued . . . . "

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