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The Murder Stone [Paperback]

Louise Penny
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June 7 2011 Chief Inspector Gamache (Book 4)
It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake.

Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all...

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Acclaim for the Award-Winning Chief Inspector Gamache Mysteries

“If you don’t give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With its small-town hominess, the Canadian village of Three Pines draws the reader into its quaint traditions.Who wouldn’t be charmed by the dramas of a community where Easter egg hunts and socials at the bed and breakfast are the most exciting events? Yet it is Penny’s fastidious, cultured, and smart Inspector Gamache who makes [The Cruelest Month] impossible to put down.” --People

“The cozy mystery has a graceful practitioner in Louise Penny.” --The New York Times Book Review

“Expertly plotted… Arthur Ellis Award--winner Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants, and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a twenty-first-century version of Hercule Poirot.” --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Mystery readers who want more than puzzles and thrills look for serious purpose and literary value, and Canadian writer Louise Penny provides both in spades--and hearts.” --Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Penny’s plotting has been compared to Agatha Christie’s...in these wonderful books full of poetry and weather and a brooding manor house, and people who read and think and laugh and eat a lot of really excellent food. Move over, Mitford.” --The Charlotte Observer

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The outskirts of Three Pines might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. ..

It is the height of summer, and Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their wedding anniversary at 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…


 As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the Finney reunion…and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. Now it’s up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth long-buried secrets 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.

“If you don’t give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A fine read…in true Christie-like fashion.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

 “Penny tweaks the rules of Golden Age Detective Fiction in a way that is thoroughly modern.”—Los Angeles Times

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Slow July 4 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Published in the USA under the title "A Rule against Murder"

This is an intricate mystery that gives us a new spin in the life and character of Inspector Gamache. Here we see a more personal side of him and his relationship with his wife Reine-Marie.

This old fashion story opens at the Manoir Bellechase, an isolated lodge by Lake Massawippi where the Inspector and Reine-Marie have enjoyed celebrating their wedding anniversary in the past. This year, they find themselves sharing this luxurious inn with a highly dysfunctional wealthy English family, who have come to pay tribute to their deceased father. Murder is suspected when a member of the family is found dead, a victim of unusual circumstances. Naturally, the charming Inspector Gamache gets involved, digging beneath the family bitterness to solve the devious crime.

Ms Penny is meticulous in her description of this very unpleasant family, all have secrets to hide and the narrative superbly captures the resulting emotions and tension. Humour is successfully added to portray this greedy, selfish family. True to her tradition she also gives us what we come expect: the usual attention to the domestic details, such as menu and gardening and other day to day activities of the Inn.

Although I enjoyed this novel, I admit it is not my favourite. I found it is slow in action, too centered on the family and a murder lacking plausibility.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the series May 17 2011
I am half way through the novel, having read it on my flight to Vancouver. Yes, the book is different from the first three in the series, but I find it just as interesting. The concentration on that miserable family may be long for some readers but I find it just about accurate and right. Perhaps being a long-time resident of Quebec helps me understand it better. I would not hesitate to recommend this book (and any other by Louise Penny) as great entertainment and even therapy when you need a break from the crazy world we all live in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars really disappointing Sept. 24 2011
I had read some of her previous works that were pretty good, so I was looking forward to this. I actually bought it as a gift for a friend, and when I read it later I was very disappointed and felt like it had been a lame gift. Her previous books had some charm, but not this one, it really fell flat.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Paulux
This is my favorite Louise Penny so far. The New York Times Bestseller The Murder Stone (in UK&Canada)/A rule against murder (in USA) is her fourth book. A classic, in that all the suspects are vacationing (stuck?), one hot and sticky summer, in a grand old log hotel in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, lost in the forest, overlooking a private lake, and surrounded by wildlife, especially hungry mosquitoes. Lots of atmosphere, lots of weird suspects, lots of motives. All the clues are there: see if you can figure out the HOW!
Following The Cruelest Month, The Murder Stone is followed by The Brutal Telling.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! Feb. 2 2014
A year later, I still remember how disappointed I was by this book. I love Reichs, Cornwell, Coben, and was hopeful that I had stumbled upon a new author. I kept reading through this book, expecting it to pick up steam and finally become an interesting read, but when i turned the last page, it hadn't happened. This is by far one of the worse books I have ever read, with exaggerated characters, a childish plot, and not much substance. :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Louise Penny winner! Nov. 29 2013
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I have enjoyed all Louise Penny`s mysteries and this is another absorbing story.
I find it fun that the mysteries are located in Quebec with Chief Inspector Gamache in charge of solving the crime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another wonderful inspector gamache mystery Oct. 14 2013
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These books are so wonderful I can't stop once I start one. Not only is the story and setting captivating, but mostly I love the characters and values they stand for. Inspector Gamache and his wife feel like old dear friends. Sad to finish this book but ready for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The murder stone by Louise Penny March 29 2013
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I have read many other books by the same author. I liked this book, though not quite as much as some of the earlier books or her last book. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys good writing and who likes to read murder mysteries.
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