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A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #4)

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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
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Minotaur (first published 2008)
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    A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4)
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    Denise I wouldn't characterize it as fun. More sober than fun. The mystery is intriguing as are the characters, some more fully developed than others, but…moreI wouldn't characterize it as fun. More sober than fun. The mystery is intriguing as are the characters, some more fully developed than others, but the continuing characters in the series continue to be developed and interesting. (less)

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    You know?
    These are really growing on me.
    Thanks, Mom!

    So, here's a stupid conversation I had with my mom last week while we were sitting in the waiting room between doctor's appointments.
    Me: "Oh, hey, I'm listening to the next Louise Penny book."
    Mom (perks up): "Which one?"
    Me: "It's either the fourth or the fifth. It's the one that takes place in the lodge out in the wilderness and there are snotty rich people there while Gamache and his wife, Rene Marie, are celebrating their anniversary."
    Her: ".
    Feb 17, 2015 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Another Enjoyable Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery

    Book Four of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, "A Rule Against Murder", unlike the previous books, is not set in the picturesque Quebecois village of Three Pines (although the protagonists do pay Three Pines a visit).

    Instead, most of the action occurs at the Manoir Bellechasse, a luxurious and remote Quebec Inn (patterned on the real Hovey Manor).

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the homicide division of the Montreal Surete and his wi
    Sep 15, 2016 Carol added it
    Shelves: fiction, series
    Seems I've never wrote a review about the 4th in Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Oh well, there's plenty of other reviews. I do remember liking it as Three Pines is like coming home.
    May 15, 2013 Anirudh rated it it was ok
    Recommended to Anirudh by: Neena
    I began reading this book with high expectations. It had received a lot of praise and high ratings. So naturally I was eager to unravel its mysteries. But unfortunately, it was a letdown. I am not sure whether the author was trying to write a crime thriller or a family drama. I would not call this a thriller, as there is no thrill. None what so ever. There were a few good points and a lot of bad points which made me give this book 2 stars. SPOILER ALERTS!!


    1. Setting. The protago
    One of the wonderful things about a Louise Penny novel is that it is not just a whodunit. The reader needs to figure out how it was done ... as are Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team. In A Fatal Grace the victim was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village. In The Cruelest Month the victim dies during a séance. The author delivers another murder most unusual in this story.

    Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary at
    Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie, are celebrating their thirty-five-year wedding anniversary by staying at Manoir Bellechasse for a few days. The rich, cultured, respectable Finney family, an old- or no money family, living in a meritocracy, graces their presence in this remote auberge. One of the family's members desrcibes the family as “seven mad Morrows in a verchère”. The matriarch was now a Finney, but was actually still a Marrow in many ways. So much so, that she wanted a s ...more
    Richard Derus
    Sep 08, 2010 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
    I'm mad at Louise Penny because of book #5 in the Three Pines/Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries, and I want to take it out on her now, but in fairness I just can't. I loved this book as much as I expected to. I thought that moving the action out of Three Pines would make me grumpy, but instead it made me feel, more than ever, that I want to live in Three Pines because Manoir Bellechasse is close for those times I need to get away from the hectic hustle and bustle of Three Pines (snort).

    The Gamac
    Dec 29, 2016 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Когато четох дебютната книга на Луиз Пени Убийството на художника, си признах, че в първата й третина се чудех защо си го причинявам и едва после я харесах достатъчно, за да продължа със серията. Оттогава, в следващите две книги от серията за инспектор Гамаш Пени ставаше все по-добра, за да стигне до тази книга, която е... не се сещам за друга дума, освен великолепна.

    Превъзходен баланс между интрига, психология на образите, атмосфера, преплитане на сюжетни линии, и всичко това описано с такъв б
    Jan 17, 2009 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Patti by: Robin Agnew gave me an ARC--thank you!
    I just want to hang out with Armand Gamache. He is such a calm, practical person to be around, and you just know that he'll figure out who did what and why. In this entry into the series, Armand and his wife, Reine-Marie, are spending their anniversary at their favorite lodge, not far from Three Pines. While they there, a family reunion is going on also, with a family that seems such in name only--they are related to each other, but there is no affection displayed or even seemingly felt among th ...more
    Louise Penny is a master in the murder mystery genre. A Rule Against Murder, the fourth in her Chief Inspector Gamache series, takes us places in the minds of her characters like no other writer out there.

    The setting for this book is different from her usual Three Pines. The Gamaches are at a resort in the wilderness celebrating their anniversary. Here we get to meet the Finneys for a family reunion, and an interesting one at that. We meet a family full of abuse and cruelty for themselves and e
    Ivonne Rovira
    Jun 06, 2012 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I've been hooked on Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series since I read her debut novel, Still Life. Yet, as great as the novels have been, A Rule Against Murder still somehow manages to top all of the previous ones.

    As ever, Penny plots out an interesting murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. However, what truly will delight the reader are the secrets revealed about Peter Morrow's well-to-do family and one about Armand Gamache himself. The theme of when to remember
    Feb 09, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audible-cd, 2014
    I have listened to this series and Inspector Gamache is the perfect companion for my commute. This one took the reader away from Three Pines and I enjoyed the many glimpses into Gamaches life and even his demons. Each one is getting just a bit better as these characters have become more familiar to me, almost like good, comfortable old friends.

    The murder in this one left me guessing right up until the reveal....and no guess was correct. Not the who or how. I love when the light bulb comes on a
    I just finished Book 4 of the Three Pines Mysteries, featuring the sublime Inspector Gamache. The narrator for these books, Ralph Cosham, is just excellent. He has the perfect manner, inflection and timber of voice for the characters and general narration, not to mention his excellent French, of which I don't speak a word! If I could get all of these audiobooks from my local library, I would listen to this entire series.

    It was refreshing for the murder investigation in this book to take place ou
    Mandy Radley
    Feb 03, 2017 Mandy Radley rated it really liked it
    The thing about returning to work after the holidays and then going away for the weekend seriously impacts on your reading time. However I have finally finished number 4 in the Armand Gamache series, thoroughly enjoyed it, and didn't guess whodunnit. Bring on number 5.
    Mackey St
    I must admit that Louise Penny is quickly becoming one of my very favorite mystery writers. Her Armand Gamache series is one of the best I've read. In "A Rule Against Muder," Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary at a cozy, wooded inn. They are not alone, however, as a rather obnoxious family is also at the inn celebrating a family reunion. Before the week is out, one of the family members is murdered and Gamache goes from guest to Inspector.

    As with most of Penny
    Moira Fogarty
    Dec 05, 2013 Moira Fogarty rated it it was ok
    Shelves: mystery, canadian
    See, the problem with setting this mystery at Manoir Bellechasse, a vacation resort in the wilderness, is that I go to Three Pines for a mental vacation already. Taking me on vacation from my vacation spot just annoys the heck out of me. I don't want a big house with a fancy chef and bugs, full of annoying guests! I want a cozy village with a B&B and regular townfolk. I wished I was at the Clogging Competition instead of hanging out with the totally irredeemably godawful Finney clan. I did n ...more
    Claire H
    Dec 14, 2013 Claire H rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: crime
    Brilliant. I have finally found a replacement for P.D. James - someone who writes mysteries that are as rich and deep and literate, as gifted at viewing human character, and as high-calibre with building the whodunit, but without the thread of haunting despair that runs through all James novels, particularly her Dalgliesh mysteries. Both writers plunge the reader immediately into a richly layered world, and both explore the surprises, the dusty and ugly corners, the twisty labyrinth of the human ...more
    Patricia Fraser
    Feb 12, 2013 Patricia Fraser rated it really liked it
    The second of Louise Penny's Gamache series I've read...each is a stand alone, but there may be merit in reading them in order as the character development is wonderful. Her writing is intelligent and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. I find her descriptions of small events make me appreciate simple things.

    Not all her sentences are lengthy, but the following quote is one I wish I'd been thoughtful enough to write. She's speaking of someone escaping from an argumentative, caustic crowd of relation
    Много харесвам Пени и въпреки че е клише, тя наистина става все по-добра със всяка следваща книга. Липсваше ми Ивет Никол, но сигурно ще я има в следващите книги ;)
    Description: 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 surpris
    Mary Ellen
    Jun 11, 2013 Mary Ellen rated it liked it
    Shelves: mysteries
    I'd really like to give this book 2 1/2 stars. I ended up giving it 3 because I enjoyed the main character, Armand Gamache, very much, and his wife, Reine-Marie, almost as much. (I think I'd like her better if her name weren't Queen Mary...) Gamache reminds me of a French-Canadian Guido Brunetti (for those who don't know him, check out Donna Leon). Or maybe Guido is a Venetian Armand Gamache. Anyway, they are both dedicated, experienced, prudent, happy at home, and eaters and lovers of lots of g ...more
    I didn't love this as much as the other Gamache novels. Nevertheless, it features many of the things we love about Gamache. He is noble, and dedicated to the art of finding murderers. In this novel, he is at a resort when a murder occurs. It is a resort he has long visited with his wife. At the center of the story is an exceedingly unpleasant family. Penny portrays the self absorbed character of this way brilliantly. Gamache is at the end a hero and has solved the mystery by paying careful atten ...more
    *The Angry Reader*
    Jun 10, 2015 *The Angry Reader* rated it it was amazing
    There are 2 reasons i love this series. First and foremost - reading a mystery book brings a sense of satisfaction rarely found in life. I tend to read books with HEA - the couple gets together, the bad guy gets his just desserts, the hero conquers. But - i tend to know these things are coming, and i'm not frequently allowed to participate in the action. A mystery book changes that. While i do know there's likely to be an HEA - i don't know the form in which it will come. Thus i get to spend the ...more
    Dec 09, 2013 ☮Karen rated it really liked it
    Each one in the series gets a little bit better as characters become more fleshed out. There were at least three laugh out loud moments, I think all comments by Gamache. I still want to know about Bean-- boy or girl?
    Kathy Davie
    Apr 07, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: mystery, homey
    Fourth in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache cozy mystery series set outside Montreal, Canada, and revolving around the inspector.

    A Rule Against Murder won the Arthur Ellis Award Finalist for Best Novel in 2009.

    My Take
    A very intense story about Peter's family. And all those wasted years. The things family does to you that you carry with you all your life. The events that affect how you see the world. What's truly terrifying in this is how unloving they are as they participate in the metaphorical
    Feb 26, 2014 Ms.pegasus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: readers already familiar with the series
    Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: browing at my local bookstore
    Shelves: mystery, fiction
    The Manoir Bellechasse was carved out of the Quebec forest in a past Canadian Gilded Age. Yet it retains its earthy roots. Nearby is tranquil Lac Massawippi, ringed by ancient forests. Chef Véronique harvests honey and beeswax from hives surrounded by blooms of honeysuckle, lilies, and roses. Artisanal cheeses and spirits from a nearby Benedictine abbey stock the larder. At night the stone terrasse embraces a brilliant star-studded sky. This idyllic lodge was cut from logs by coureur de bois ('m ...more
    Feb 12, 2014 Kevin rated it it was ok
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    - THE MURDER STONE (aka A Rule Against Murder) (Pol Proc-Ins. Gramache-Canada-Cont) – VG+
    Penny, Louise – 4th in series
    Headline, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780755341009

    First Sentence: More than a century ago the Robber Barons discovered Lac Massawippi.

    Inspector Armund Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie have come to Manoir Bellechasse where they’ve come for more than 30 years to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They find the rest of the rooms in the small hotel reserved by members of the Finney
    Feb 15, 2015 Francis rated it really liked it
    A familiar golden age detective like storyline. You know, an isolated location, in this case, a lodge in the Canadian Woods. The guests? A wealthy but unhappy and dysfunctional family with hidden secrets and agendas. The staff? Well they have some secrets and animosities of their own. And by an amazing coincidence ..a detective, with his wife, on vacation. Oh, did I mention, one of them gets murdered?

    Well I don't want to give anything away, other than to say, its gonna feel like a road well tra
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    Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

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    • The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)
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    • A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
    • The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
    • How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
    • The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
    • The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #11)

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    “But you want murderous feelings? Hang around librarians," confided Gamache. "All that silence. Gives them ideas.” 83 likes
    “We're all blessed and we're all blighted, Chief Inspector," said Finney. "Everyday each of us does our sums. The question is, what do we count?” 30 likes
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