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

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  9,228 ratings  ·  847 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Nov 26, 2011 Patti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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...more
Ivonne Rovira
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...more
Sep 09, 2013 Anirudh rated it 2 of 5 stars
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 protagoni...more
Another wonderfully inventive and humane mystery from Louise Penny! Policeman Armand Gamache and his wife are once again at the luxurious auberge Manoir Bellechasse to celebrate their anniversary. The only other guests are the Finney family, a dysfunctional brood having a family reunion. Armand is astonished when his friends from Three Pines, a lovely village not far from the manor, appear as part of the family. Artists Peter and Clara are at odds with his family, but Peter cannot resist seeing...more
After a few years of hearing nothing but wonderful things about Louise Penny, I started--yes, I know, uncharacteristically--with this, the fourth book in the series...only because it's the one that presented itself to me. I now want to begin at the beginning and read through to the end; happily, I loved it every bit as much as I expected.

Not only are the main characters well drawn, but Penny's spare descriptions bring to life the minor ones amazingly well. This particular story deals with a remo...more
Feb 26, 2014 Ms.pegasus rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: readers already familiar with the series
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: browing at my local bookstore
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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
Imagine you and a loved one are spending time in one of the most beautiful places, deep in the Quebec wilderness. Full of wild beauty, and breathtaking views....And then imagine being there with the most dysfunctional family you can ever meet. Oh yes, they have a perfect exterior but once you start peeling the layers they are pitifully broken.

And that's how I truly saw them. Each one of the (adult) children believed that they were unloved as children and they took out their hurt on each other....more
Patricia Fraser
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...more
Claire H
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
- 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...more
Mary Ellen
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
Kathy Davie
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...more
As a great admirer of Ms Penny's novels, this one has left me with a less than enthusiastic review. While her characters are always fun, I found this particular outing to be a bit long winded and somewhat lacking in the wit and sarcasm we have come to love in her Three Pines characters.

It was an ok novel, but surely not up to the caliber of the rest of her novels sad to say.
*...He'd learned that from his mother. She'd taught him that order was freedom. To live in chaos was to live in a prison. Order freed the mind for other things.*

*"I'm an accountant and I've spent a lifetime counting money and watching the people who have it. Do you know what I've decided? The only thing money really buys?"
Gamache waited.
"Space?" Gamache repeated.
"A bigger house, a bigger car, a larger hotel room. First-class plane tickets. But it doesn't even buy comfort. No one complain...more
I love Inspector Gamache and Penny's sense of character development in general. This time Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie are taking a break, their annual anniversary trip to an elegant wilderness lodge. Unfortunately, the rest of the lodge is booked by a family reunion, and the Morrows are almost universally ill-behaved and rancorous.

It takes Penny a while to get to the murder in this book, but her character development and sense of place are so impeccable that you won't mind a bit. You'll en...more
Tanja Berg
"We are all blessed and we're all blighted. Every day each of us does our sums. The question is, what do we count?" The prime suspects in this murder mystery is the family of Morrows. After all, it is the sister Julia in a sibling quartet who has been murdered. The Morrows are affluent, most of them, and there is no doubt at all what their sums are. Rarely have I even in literature encountered such a spiteful bunch of people.

Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife are on holiday in an isolated inn...more
The Murder Stone (or A Rule Against Murder in some countries) was another great mystery by Louise Penny – the fourth book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache/Three Pines series.

The only thing missing were most of the characters from Three Pines which is why I rated the book 4 stars instead of 5 stars. I didn’t realize until reflecting on my rating, how much I looked forward to reading about the ensemble cast of quirky characters who live in Three Pines, Quebec.

In terms of plot, Louise Penny is...more
This "Three Pines Mystery" is the first in the series in which the murder happens somewhere other than the village of Three Pines. A vacation lodge at which Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary is the setting. Peter and Clara Morrow, from Three Pines, and Peter's family are among the suspects as are all the members of the staff of the lodge. Penny's superb writing and strong characterizations keep the pages turning. We learn about Peter's past and Inspector Gam...more
Canadian Inspector and his wife are at a quaint French speaking wilderness Inn (or Manior as they call it) and are the only other guests there who are not related. The Morrow family is having a family reunion there and the author slowly unfolds each family member to the reader as well as several members of the staff. This book kind of reminds me of an old black and white film where a murder takes place at an isolated place and all the suspects are there and the criminal will eventually subtly re...more
Carolyn Hill
I do enjoy spending time in the presence of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. The setting, not the idyllic village of Three Pines as in the first three of Penny's books, at least not for the most part, is the Manoir Bellechasse, a log lodge on a lake in the eastern area of Quebec. Beautiful, serene, surrounded by blue water and deep forests, it is a wonderful retreat for an anniversary or a family reunion. Unless the family happens to be the Finney/Morrows, which a more spiteful and self-important...more
Since first discovering Louise Penny's "Bury Your Dead," I have become addicted to her Chief Inspector Gamache series. Although they can be read out of order, I love the forward progression and recurring characters she has created. It is always a delight to visit in Three Pines. It feels like going home to a place you know even though you know something bad (and exciting) is going to happen.

"A Rule Against Murder" is book number four in a brief list of seven titles ending with last year's "Trick...more
Another hit from Louise Penny, she is so clever and masterful at spinning a great tale. I love how she layers her stories, close attention must be payed or the underlying wit may be missed. She has a wonderful knack of illustrating the perfect blend of seriousness and humor.

This addition to the series starts with Inspector Gamache away on holiday with his lovely wife. Unfortunately it turns into a working one when there is an unexpected death of one of the guests. Accident or not? All the of the...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have the previous three Louise Penny novels that feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Not only is Penny is extremely talented in creating a wonderful murder plot, she's also a genius at creating atmosphere in her books that makes me feel as though I am right there. I could smell the forest, feel the heat, and taste the food. Because that's another thing that Penny is good at: writing a lot about the foods her characters are eating. How many times have I sa...more
Carolyn F.
It took me awhile to warm up to this narrator. Slight differences in character voices so I was always thinking, "Now who is this again?" But then it finally clicked and started enjoying the narration. The story itself was good, I thought someone else "did" it. Wrong! I love Armand Gamache's relationship with his wife and the scene where she's clog danced with the kids was so funny, especially when she complained of the 5 year old who stole the spotlight. Great series.
I love this series of books by Louise Penny! This is the fourth in the series following Chief Inspector Gamache through homicide investigations in French Canada. This book, like the others, did not disappoint! I enjoy these books because it feels like returning to a favorite vacation spot - reuniting with old (quirky - just how I like 'em) friends and getting to know them just a little more each time! If you are a fan of murder mysteries but can't stomach the morbid details - these are the books...more
This book is the 4th in a series of mysteries involving Armand Gamache and Three Pines, Quebec. This book differes from earlier books in that the venue has moved from the extremely likeable town of Three Pines (a Canadian Stars Hollow) to a remote lodge. Another notable difference is that although there is a murder, it is subsumed by the familial dynamics of the Morrow/Finneys. There is a murder (a Morrow) and there is an eventual resolution. But the characters are so well drawn and so tortured...more
It is beautiful, poetic, and sad. However, there isn't much of a story here, as it's more a character study (and a very good one) than a rip-roaring mystery (although to be fair, Penny's Three Pines mystery is never the action-packed type -- she wins me over with her character development and elegant writing). The story unfolds very slowly, and I kind of lost interest somewhere in the middle. I neither liked nor cared about any of the Morrow bunch (another rich but dysfunctional family), which i...more
4th in a series that's become my new favorite. Definitely a cut above in writing and character development. I've become quite fond of the residents of Three Pines, and of Armand Gamache and his team (well, most of his team). Aside from the mystery plot, each book includes a personal, internal struggle for some character that's presented thoughtfully and with sensitivity. When I reviewed the first book in this series I described it as a light, cosy-style mystery but that doesn't do them justice....more
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Many of Louise Penny's books are published under different titles by UK/Canada and US publishers.
She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.

Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
o 2008 –...more
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“But you want murderous feelings? Hang around librarians," confided Gamache. "All that silence. Gives them ideas.” 41 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?” 11 likes
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