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 leather moccasins and trek by canoe to the lodge on the shore of the isolated lake. They’d grown weary of robbery and needed another distraction.
TheManoir Bellechasse was created and conceived to allow these men to do one thing. Kill.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: “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.”
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 surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax.
MY THOUGHTS: Louise Penny’s murders are always just a little ‘off the wall’, and the murder in A Rule Against Murder is no exception. There is nothing so mundane as a shooting or stabbing for Chief Inspector Gamache to solve, and while it seems impossible for the death to have been murder, it is also equally impossible for it to have been accidental. And why? Why this particular member of a mainly obnoxious family?
I think that is really what I love most about Penny’s writing; she takes the unusual and crafts it into a compelling mystery peppered with well crafted, totally believeable characters. And while we may love to dislike the detestable (with the exception of Bean) Morrow-Finney clan, they are all instantly recognisable as people we know or know of. Penny creates interesting dynamics in this family who reluctantly gather each year for a reunion at their wealthy and autocratic mother’s behest, who have no contact with each other at any other time, and who are waiting only for their mother to die so as to collect their inheritance.
Of all the books in the series that I have read so far, this is my favorite.
I listened to A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny, narrated by Adam Sims and published by Hachette Audio UK via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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