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A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
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Jun 19, 14

Read from March 20 to 22, 2014

People famously find murder mysteries calming and relaxing, and I find that oddly true with this series, in particular. It's better written than many "cozies," as they are dismissively called, which may have something to do with it, at least for me.

In this installment, the action takes place at a small inn near the little town that has centered the previous stories, but not in it, which is most sensible--the murder rate in that town was rather ruining the bucolic atmosphere. Keeping all the main events in one place also adds to a rather classical sense of unity, which seemed fitting.

I also appreciated the focus on the main character, Gamache, and his personal life. His personality is such an important part of how his team works--as the author never tires of telling us--that it makes sense, for the life of the series, to spend a bit more time developing the background to it.


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