The Beautiful Mystery
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The Beautiful Mystery


The brilliant new novel in the New York Times best-selling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Title:The Beautiful Mystery
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages

    The Beautiful Mystery Reviews

  • Richard Derus
    Aug 13, 2012

    Rating: 4.75* of five The Publisher Says: The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time.No outsiders are ever a...

  • Pat
    May 24, 2012

    This is probably more a 2.5 than a 2 star rating, from someone who has given almost entirely 5 stars to Penny's previous seven novels. "The Beautiful Mystery" gravitas and plot depend so heavily upon ...

  • Megan Baxter
    Apr 01, 2013

    An Armand Gamache novel not at least partly set in Three Pines? What will I do with myself? I have so much enjoyed knowing a whole town involved in a murder mystery, as well as the detective and his t...

  • Lynne King
    Nov 11, 2015

    I’ve read some remarkable books this year – it’s like a miracle – and I thought that there was no way that I could find a book that was even better. How wrong could I possibly be?I knew as soo...

  • Margitte
    Nov 11, 2015

    Historical theme:An ancient order, the Gilbertines, is occupying the monastery with a unique selection of monks singing an ancient collection of Gregorian chants as part of their Divine Office. Their ...

  • Jim
    Jun 04, 2017

    Readers of this series know that Chief Inspector Armand Gamache arrested Chief Superintendent Pierre Arnot. In doing so he became a hero with the men and women of the of Sûreté du Québec as well as...

  • Michael
    Dec 09, 2012

    I enjoy the special voice and psychological depth Penny has in this mystery series. In this one the murder of choirmaster in a remote cloistered order of monks leads Inspector Gamache and Agent Beauvo...

  • Renata
    Nov 26, 2016

    I'm really just an occasional mystery reader and by that I mean I will read quite a few mysteries over the course of two years and then be entirely immune to their siren call for the next year or so. ...

  • Julie
    Jul 09, 2012

    This book is a departure from the others in the Gamache series. Set at a monastery rather than the perfect village, Gamache and Beauvoir must find the killer amongst the chanting monks. There is much ...

  • LJ
    Sep 09, 2012

    First Sentence: In the earth nineteenth century, the Catholic Church realized it had a problem.The cloistered monks of Quebec’s self-contained Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups monastery focus their liv...