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A Rule Against Murder

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  61,093 ratings  ·  4,641 reviews

"What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois.
It was such an extraordinary thing to say it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette.
"You have a rule against murder?" he asked.
"I do. When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact....Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe.

Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published January 20th 2009 (first published 2008)
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Susan Stemont No! They finally got out of Three Pines, too (tho some characters recur) which I think is a good move. (Maybe next time there will even be fewer descr…moreNo! They finally got out of Three Pines, too (tho some characters recur) which I think is a good move. (Maybe next time there will even be fewer descriptions of food.)(less)
George Enjoyable, yes, occasionally humorous, but "fun" is the wrong word. Despite qualifying as cozies, these are not the kinds of books that benefit from h…moreEnjoyable, yes, occasionally humorous, but "fun" is the wrong word. Despite qualifying as cozies, these are not the kinds of books that benefit from having recipes, knitting patterns, or life-organization tips added--and a good thing, too!(less)
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series, I'm never quite as happy when it moves too far away from Three Pines. I re-read this one because a new edition came up on the library's new bookshelf. And, all that I remembered well was that's the one with (view spoiler). Besides, beloved and departed Ralph Cosham narrated it.


How is it the people in this series eat the way they do and aren't all built like weebles! I couldn't smell all the de
Previously on Goodreads, my review for book 3

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, Reine Mar
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada-crime
3.5 stars rounded up. This is book 4 in the Armand Gamache series and I recommend that you read them in order, as there are continuing plot developments. I thought that the first 100 pages were rather slow. My wife read this book before me and she thinks 4 stars and says that the author spends time developing intricate characters/plot lines. She savors each page. The first 90 pages have Armand and his wife Reine-Marie enjoying a well deserved vacation from his job as Chief Inspector of the Homic ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canada
Wow, it took me a while to write a review. Sorry Guys.

As you can imagine, if I got to no.4 I really like this series. Then why only 3 stars? Hmm, I think I wanted a break from Three Pines which it was but not totally as you will see if you read this one. Also I did not feel the motive behind the murder was strong enough. However, the series is still awesome and will continue with it.

Why I love this series:
- the characters; I just love Inspector Gamache, his team and some of the inhabitants of
Number 4 in the series and I actually enjoyed it a little less than the first three. It may be because I listened to this one on audio and I found the narrator annoying - he had a lovely voice and a beautiful French accent but he read in a kind of staccato, the words jumping out instead of flowing. Or it may be because the book itself was a little weaker than the earlier ones.
Armand Gamache was his usual charming self and this time his charming wife was very much in evidence too. It was a good t
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Marty Fried
Shelves: audiobook
Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series continues to get better as I binge my way through the collection. The detail and bucolic nature of the pieces invite me to keep reading, as though I have developed an addiction for all that is Gamache. Chief Inspector Gamache accompanies his wife, Reine-Marie, to their annual retreat for a chance to recharge. Upon arrival at Manoir Bellechasse, the Gamaches learn that they will not have the solitude to which they are accustomed, as a family re ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed another encounter with Armand, learning a bit more about his family history and following his investigation, however, I found previous books a little more mysterious and, yes, interesting... Taking a little break from the series, but I'll continue reading the series. ...more
“The Morrows seemed to believe there was a special code that allowed them to say what they liked about others, deliberately within their hearing, without it’s being discourteous.

‘Isn’t that the ugliest baby you’ve ever seen?’

‘You shouldn’t wear white if you’re fat.’

‘She’d be prettier if she didn’t scowl all the time.’

The last had been said about her, on her wedding day, as she’d walked down the aisle smiling and joyful on her father’s arm.

The Morrows could be counted on to use the right fo
3.5 stars

In this 4th book in the 'Chief Inspector Armand Gamache' series, the Canadian detective investigates a very puzzling case. The book can be read as a standalone.


Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec is celebrating his 35th wedding anniversary. To commemorate the happy occasion Gamache and his librarian wife Reine-Marie are enjoying a vacation at the upscale Manoir Bellechasse near the village of Three Pines - where many of their quirky friends liv
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie had been holidaying at the Manoir Bellechasse for many years, and this latest visit would be to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The large group also at the Manoir, and having a family reunion were not a nice bunch of people, but Armand and Reine-Marie did their best to stay out of their way.

Until the night of a violent storm when the aftermath uncovered a dead body. Immediately Armand became the Chief Inspector, calling in his team of
May 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 prot
Feb 17, 2015 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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: ... there was something unnatural about the Manoir Bellechasse from the very beginning. It was staggeringly beautiful, the stripped logs golden and glowing. It was made of wood and wattle and sat right at the water's edge. It commanded Lake Massawippi, as the Robber Barons commanded everything. These captains of industry couldn't seem to help it.

And once a year, men with names like Andrew and Douglas and Charles would leave their rail and whiskey empires, trade their spats for chewed l
Richard Derus
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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. ...more
Heidi The Reader
When a body is discovered near a retreat in the woods, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache happens to be staying at the Manoir Bellechasse, the lodge, with his lovely wife, Reine-Marie. Now, their peaceful get-away has devolved into a murder investigation. Someone at the hotel is a killer.

Can Gamache figure out who before it's too late?

"But just as their waffles arrived they heard a faraway sound, something so unexpected it took Gamache a moment to recognize it. It was a scream." pg 84

As delightful a
Kylie H
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-read, crime
Number 4 in the Armand Gamache series and once again a great mystery.
It is a bit disappointing that the village of Three Pines is on the periphery of this book, but on the other hand we learn more about the Chief Inspector Gamache and his past, as well as Peter Morrow who I have never really taken to.
This story is set in a quiet retreat, an exclusive manor in the Canadian wilderness. Gamache and his wife are there to celebrate their wedding anniversary. However the descent of the 'Finney's' who
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I tried the first book and dnf'd it. I read it was better to skip to this book, so I did. Meh. I just don't connect with this authors writing style or the characters. ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A wedding anniversary celebration for Armand and Reine-Marie and a family reunion at Manoir Bellechasse for the Morrow family bring Louise Penny's familiar characters back to beautiful Three Pines and along with the characters comes a murder.

The Morrow family is known to not have much love for each other. When a marble statue is brought into the pristine landscape, questions are raised about why it is there. A thunderstorm brings a tragic surprise to mar the statue's meaning.

The mystery was perhaps not as interesting as in previous books in this series but that is completely overshadowed by getting to see the inner workings of Peter Morrow's family. I always thought he had some underlying issues with how jealous he could be of his wonderful wife Clara so this book explains a lot! Getting to learn more about Armand Gamache's family is a pleasant bonus. Love this series. ...more
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I. Love. Armand. Gamache. And I loved the deepening of his character in this book, especially the longer glimpse we got into his marriage and his family history. He's just such a wonderful man and I love spending time with him. It's refreshing given the penchant for really tortured detectives you so often find. Armand isn't good at his job because he's coming from a place of turmoil and moral ambiguity, he's good at his job because he's compassionate and wise. I love that. The writing is beautif ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 06, 2012 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
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audiobook
Another murder for Inspector Armand Gamache to solve. Who knew this one would test him physically as well as revealing some familial details about his parents and grandparents.

The scene is set at the Bellechasse Manor, where Armand and Reine-Marie are celebrating their anniversary. A storm rolls in and a statue falls over, killing one of the guests. Except, alas! It wasn't an accident. For whatever reason, this took me so much longer to finish than I would've liked. This is probably my least fa
Susan Meissner
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't go wrong with an Inspector Gamache mystery. Loved this quote near the end, after one character tells Inspector Gamache that each of us is blessed, each of us is blighted: "Every day each of us does our sums. The question is, what do we count?' Such wisdom there... ...more
joyce g
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honeybees make an entrance into this grand world.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Inspector Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie are celebrating their 35 th Anniversary at the spectacularly isolated Manoir Bellechase, the extended members of the eccentric and wealthy Morrow/Finney family show up for an ill fated family reunion. To honor their late father there is a grand statue unveiling and (because this is book #4 of Louise Penny's series) naturally a dead body is also discovered at the scene.
As usual Gamache is dashing and wise as he and his team go about solving the ca
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I unwrapped this at Christmas and discovered it is the fourth novel, needed to continue this series, my spouse was elated to know this is a fortuitous find. It is out of print at Amazon and used websites charge too much, except one. I held off ordering, with Christmas close. Ron will not shop on-line and unhelpfully, stores only stock recent books and music lately. Only in a Canadian store, does he find a 2008 mystery by Louise Penny! A crisp, new, trade paperback with a lovely cover: I cou ...more
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LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of ...more

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