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A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
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Aug 04, 10

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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 Gamache's as well. There are jealous siblings, flirty waiters and mysterious cooks, all well thought out and drawn characters. However, at one point I lost track of the investigation because Penny was expending so much energy on character and not so much on plot. While it's good to have strong and believable characters, this is a mystery, and the plot was meandering and lagging at times.

Still well worth a read. I just hope that the next book in the series has a great plot to go with it's great characters.
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Sue thanks for the review. I've been meaning to give her books a try.

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