The Beautiful Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery 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 vegetable

  • Title: The Beautiful Mystery
  • Author: Louise Penny
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 gloriousNo 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 S ret du Qu bec 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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    1. Rating: 4.75* of five The Publisher Says: The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling 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, th [...]

    2. This is probably more a 2.5 than a 2 star rating, from someone who has given almost entirely 5 stars to Penny's previous seven novels. "The Beautiful Mystery" gravitas and plot depend so heavily upon events in two previous novels involving the Surete and Gamache's deadly feud with his superiors, that I would only recommend it to readers of the series. Even then I found myself confused, if not baffled by the alien action of the last 10% of the novel where those events are most intrusive.The sudde [...]

    3. I really enjoy this series but this was one that did not really enthral me. I like the books set in Three Pines best, largely because I have become very attached to all of Penny's wonderful characters.The Beautiful Mystery however is set totally in a monastery and the only characters we know for most of the book are Gamache himself and his off sider Jean Paul Beauvoir. Now I really do not like Beauvoir and find it very hard to understand why Gamache has so much time for him. In this book he sink [...]

    4. An Armand Gamache novel not at least partly set in Three Pines? What will I do with myself? I have so much enjoyed knowing a whole town involved in a murder mystery, as well as the detective and his team. Despite the initial trepidation this set off in my head, it was quickly allayed by the story that Louise Penny laid before me. This was really damned good. Even if it had a heartbreaking ending. Penny's understanding and portrayal of human nature in all its warts and beauties shines through eve [...]

    5. I’ve read some remarkable books this year – it’s like a miracle – and I thought that there was no way that I could find a book that was even better. How wrong could I possibly be?I knew as soon as I read two Goodread reviews on this book that I would love it. It has actually succeeded my wildest dreams. All the ingredients were there that have fascinated me since I was a child: monks, monasteries and Gregorian chants, with the added bonus of the setting in Québec. The only other book in [...]

    6. Historical theme:An ancient order, the Gilbertines, is occupying the monastery with a unique selection of monks singing an ancient collection of Gregorian chants as part of their Divine Office. Their power was not so established in their disciplined, isolated religious calling, as it was divided between their dedication to their music and their silence. In this impregnable wall of divinity and humanity a few cracks appeared. A silent war was raging, pushing a divide through the old institution a [...]

    7. First Sentence: In the earth nineteenth century, the Catholic Church realized it had a problem.The cloistered monks of Quebec’s self-contained Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups monastery focus their lives on prayer and the simplicity of Gregorian Chants. The murder of their prior and choirmaster, Frère Mathieu, has forced open their doors to Inspector Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du QuébecPenny’s writing is simply superb. Her prose is more than mere words telling a story, her [...]

    8. I enjoy the special voice and psychological depth Penny has in this mystery series. In this one the murder of choirmaster in a remote cloistered order of monks leads Inspector Gamache and Agent Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec to travel there and live among the community until the mystery is solved. The site is of a fictional monastery established 300 years before by an order seeking a hide out from the Inquisition, Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups (“Between the Wolves”). They have recently [...]

    9. I recently purchased "The Beautiful Mystery" (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8) by Louise Penny, after reading such great praise for this book on .I have to admit that I haven't read any of her other novels,so I didn't know what to expect.This novel can be read without visiting previous novels. Little did I know that I was in for such a real treat.I was drawn into this book right from the beginning. Her characters are complex and very human, and I was right there all the way as the plot enfold [...]

    10. Readers of this series know that Chief Inspector Armand Gamache arrested Chief Superintendent Pierre Arnot. In doing so he became a hero with the men and women of the of Sûreté du Québec as well as the public. But he also made enemies. There were some who did not want Arnot arrested. They felt it would be an embarrassment to the Sûreté and that he should be allowed to resign. But Gamache knew it was the right thing to do."Some malady is coming upon us"Two dozen cloistered monks live in peac [...]

    11. I'm really just an occasional mystery reader and by that I mean I will read quite a few mysteries over the course of two years and then be entirely immune to their siren call for the next year or so. After reading a few Louise Penney mysteries my friend Juliann recommended this one and I absolutely adored it. I loved everything about it - the setting in the monastery, the descriptions of the life and various monks living within, the tensions between Armand and his odious superior, and most of al [...]

    12. This book is a departure from the others in the Gamache series. Set at a monastery rather than the perfect village, Gamache and Beauvoir must find the killer amongst the chanting monks. There is much to like about the novel, particularly the descriptions of the plainchants and the ancient neumes from which they are derived, yet I found the book unsettling rather than enjoyable. The antagonist in this story is not the murderer, but Gamache's boss who has joined them at the abbey, there to do his [...]

    13. This series just keep getting better and better. I'm so glad I'm new to this series if I had to wait a year for the next one it would drive me mad. In this one Gamache and Beauvoir are not in Three Pines and are called to a monastery in the middle of nowhere to investigate the murder of one of the monks. I found this one quite creepy you could almost imagine you were in the monastery, behind the thick stone walls, dark corridors, door leading everywhere, no one around, deathly quiet until you he [...]

    14. Gregorian chants are at the heart of Penny's latest Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery. A monk, the choirmaster, has been murdered on a quiet, isolated island off Quebec where the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups has been home to the Gilbertine monks since the middle of the 17th century. Only recently discovered after centuries of obscurity, these monks have the mission of singing and preserving the purity of the Gregorian chant. Gamache and his right-hand man, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, m [...]

    15. A locked monastery mystery - somewhere in the back of beyond in the northern Quebec wilderness there sits a 400 year old monastery inhabited by 24 members of a cloistered order who devote their lives to God and chanting. The unexpected popularity of a recording of their chants has created dissension in their ranks and a monk is murdered. Gamache and Beauvoir are called in to investigate.The problems I have with this book: the abbot's recruiting of new members, poaching them from other monasterie [...]

    16. I used to listen to the That Stack of Books podcast with Nancy Pearl, a noted librarian and literary critic in the US.I liked her honest opinions of books and it seemed that she and I shared similar tastes. When I was very early on in Louise Penny’s Gamache novels, maybe 2 or 3 books in, I was struck by what Ms. Pearl had said about them. While she agreed that what she had read she somewhat enjoyed, the fact that each of these were set in the tiny village of Three Pines and following the same [...]

    17. I have followed Chief Inspector Armand Gamache from the beginning. He is an old friend so when he hurts, I hurt. This time he must find out who murdered a monk in the isolated monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden on an island in the middle of a lake deep in the wilderness of Quebec. The suspects are 23 cloistered monks living in peace, prayer, and song. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised [...]

    18. my first and wont be my last novel by Louise Penny. I was actually with the Chief Inspector during the whole novel. Ms.Penny had me from the very first word, I just couldnt put this book down. At the very end I felt that I wanted more and was disappointed that there wasnt.However after sleeping on it, realized Ms Penny had ended this novel just as it should have been. Can hardly wait to read more of her novels. Thanks so very much , for the advanced copy, have been going on about The Beautiful M [...]

    19. She is such a great author who always impresses me with how much research she does on the locations and history of her subjects. And as usual, I am eager to read the next one to see how things pan out.

    20. Named for Agatha Christie, The Agatha Awards are literary awards given out each year to mystery and crime writers who write in the "cozy mystery" subgenre (I love that term). Cozy mysteries are traditional mysteries that contain little or no sex or violence and are often set in a closed setting with an amateur detective (think Christie's Miss Marple books or TV's "Murder, She Wrote"). Over the last 8 years, Penny has been nominated each year for best novel and has won 5 times. Pretty impressive. [...]

    21. This Gamache doesn't hang together very well. When Gamache and two of his team are called to a monastery to investigate a murder, things once again come to a head with Jean- Guy and Gamache's supervisor who is intent on making him pay for not being corruptible. I also didn't get much of the discussion about the chants/singing that was discussed throughout the book. I think it's been about three months since the events in the last book. Jean-Guy is now dating Annie (Gamache's only daughter) and j [...]

    22. "That word? I do not think it means what you think it means" (Inigo Montoya, quoting from memory.)Warning: Spoilers ahead! Like the others in Louise Penny's series, this was a quick and (for the most part) easy read. Briefly, it told two stories: that of a murder in a monastery in northern Quebec, and that of Jean-Guy Beauvior, still struggling to overcome his many wounds (physical and emotional)and to protect his boss, Gamache, from his boss's boss. That second story was convincing and absolute [...]

    23. Penny is such a superb writer that even at her worst she's a four star winner in my opinion.With that being said, here's the thingI'm growing weary of Jean Guy's (supposedly a bright guy though that fact is seldom apparent) idiocy, and the continued torture of our beloved Gamache by those circling vultures from the Arnaud case. Please, Ms. Penny's time to move on. Either let the vultures have Beauvoir permanently and let Armand retire in peace to Three Pines and spend his time dealing with the m [...]

    24. Louise Penny is a genius. I listened to this book on audio as I have the other books of hers I've "read" and was again swept away by the story and her simple yet insightful prose. Her narrator, by the way, has a velvet voice, and deftly speaks the female roles without ever sounding like he's trying too hard. I'm prickly when it comes to narrators who over-extend to mimic the opposite sex; it never works. This narrator however is perfect. I've been reading the Inspector Gamache books out of order [...]

    25. Although this is the eighth novel in the series, it's my first Louise Penny novel.I enjoyed it enough, despite not liking the narrator that much.The premise and the setting were original and I thought that Inspector Gamache and his sidekick, Beauvoir, were well drawn.I can't remember reading about a crime in a monastery before, so that was different. Also, the descriptions and the monks' characterizations were quite detailed. I did think that there was some repetition and the pace could have pic [...]

    26. 4.5Louise Penny stretches as an author in each book, and is often trying something new. In the eighth book in the series Penny gives us our first true locked room mystery. A monk is murdered in a cloistered monastery, and one of the brothers is guilty. It is up to Gamache and Jean Guy Beauvoir to travel to the remote Quebec wilderness to be some of the first outsiders ever admitted to St. Gilbert entre les loups to solve the case. The mystery of the murder is relatively straightforward, the bigg [...]

    27. This review is from: The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - A Very Beautiful Mystery marred by an unexpected and unwanted intrusion (originally published in amazon)This is the second novel in the series that strays from Three Pines and the endearing characters who live there (the first one is Bury Your Dead). But it is natural -- Three Pines is very small, and there are so only many murders that can happen there. So, here we are taken to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les [...]

    28. When Gamache, and Beauvoir are assigned a murder case in a remote monastery they step into a different world. These monks have recently released a single of ancient chants that has been at the top of the charts and quickly becomes popular around the world. Their once uncomplicated life suddenly becomes very complicated and it is up to Chief Gamache to determine who among these men of God is capable of murder. When the corrupt Superintendent Francoeur, Gamache's boss, mysteriously shows up with n [...]

    29. I am a dedicated fan of Louise Penny's Armand Gamache mysteries, but this new book was a terrible disappointment to me. It was not very interesting as a mystery, despite the almost hectoring claims of MEANINGFULNESS by the author, and except for the two main characters most of the secondary people (the monks) were oddly undifferentiated, not at all like the wonderfully defined, highly individual characters we are used to from Penny. I found the constant insistence that we were experiencing an aw [...]

    30. Good continuation of the series, with much less angst than I was expecting based on the previous book at least initially. Let's just say I'm eying the next book anxiously and suspiciously This was the first book that had only the briefest reference to Three Pines - it mostly takes place at a remote Quebec monastery.

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