Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir are alerted about a dead body found in a cloistered monastery.

In a departure of the Armand Gamache mysteries, this novel doesn't take place in the area of Three Pines where most of his mysteries are centered. Instead, the monastery is in a wilderness area of Quebec.

One of the monks has been murdered and a complication is that the monks have taken a vow of silence, except for when they do their chanting. This chanting has been recorded and brought a welcome income to the monastery.

Armand and Jean-Guy meet the leader of the community and he shows them the body.  It's a good example of a locked room mystery where all of the suspects are in this wilderness area and one of them must be the killer.

Two other stories are interwoven into the mystery. Jean-Guy is in love with Armand's daughter, Annie and plans on asking Armand for her hand. Also Chief Superintendent Francoeur arrives at the scene. He is a rival of Gamache and seems intent on causing harm to Gamache's career.

Much of the story after Francoeur's arrival comes from his antagonism for Gamache and Jean-Guy's defense of his future father-in-law.

This novel is very well done and one of the few books I've read where loyalty and brotherhood take such a role. The cast of characters are well developed and the author does a fine job describing the monastic life and how that was changed when the public learned of the monk's Gregorian chants.


Dorothy Borders said...

I've only recently discovered this series and I look forward to reading more of it. Gamache is a very humane character, one that the reader can feel good about empathizing with.

Carol M said...

This is on my wish list! I can't wait to read it!

Heather said...

I'vee read the first book in this series and loved it. Heard the author speak two years ago and sat in rapt attention to every word. Am looking forward to reading more of her works. You should sign up for her newsletter. she tells what she's working on, her research and has contests for copies of her books.

Michael Draper said...

Thanks for your comments, Dorothy, Carol and Heather.
I can see why Louise Perry has such a large following and think you'd like the story.


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