The Beautiful Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery

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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 Surete du Quebec. 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.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312655464
0312655460
9781250031129
Characteristics: viii, 373 p. ; 25 cm.

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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. . . .But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn bac... Read More »


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AnahidMA
Feb 09, 2021

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lsilzel
Sep 26, 2020

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Grandma007
Jul 03, 2020

have read so many of the Chief Inspector Gamache stories and like them very much. This one doesn't ring true in most of the dialogue written for Jean-Guy. Where is usually as important as whodunnit in the Gamache stories and the same is true in this one. It was almost as though she had another book due to fulfill a contract and she couldn't really get past the chant and its history.

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Memawrayne
Oct 26, 2019

another good mystery taking place in an unusual setting--a monastery isolated from the public. Would really like to try those wild blueberries dipped in dark chocolate.

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kkirby221
May 17, 2019

Not my favorite story in the series. Enjoyed the setting of the story.

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bresummers
Jan 15, 2019

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JMK1941
Aug 25, 2018

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harrissusanc
Jul 02, 2018

The monastery at Saint-Gilbert-Entre-Les-Loups breaks from tradition and calls on secular law and Inspector Gamache when its choir director is murdered. The methodical Gamache, overwhelmed by the sensation of Gregorian chants, while his boss undermines him, meets his soul among the monks. Classic mystery of atmosphere, character, and scholar’s plot, my first Louise Penny is not my last.

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brangwinn
Jun 19, 2018

I think of all the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, this is my favorite. I loved the connection made to the monastery and the origin of musical notation. As I became immersed in the mystery and Gregorian chants, I asked Alexa to play some chants. And yet at the end I am brought back to the reality of Gamache and the rot found the Surete and know that this thread will compel me to read the next book in the series as soon as it comes out.

ArapahoeStaff26 Feb 04, 2018

An award-winning, beautifully written, compelling mystery set in the serenity of a secluded monastery.

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behere
Aug 18, 2015

Gamache to Reine-Marie: "There's clearly something very wrong here, among the monks. An enmity. But when they sing it's like all of that never happened. They seem to go to another place. A deeper place. Where no quarrels exist. A place of contentment and peace. Not even joy, I think. But freedom. They seem free from the cares of the world. That young monk, Frère Luc, described it as letting go of all thought. I wonder if that's what freedom is?" p 105

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