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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751547530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751547535
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 4 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By VT Slajer on May 17 2011
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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 By Mary C. Evans on Sept. 24 2011
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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 on July 5 2011
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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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The family that gathers at Manoir Bellchasse is as disfunctional as they come. Juxtaposed to the serene relationship between Gamache and his wife the situation is delusional at best. The beauty of the location, the descriptive passages that leave you trembling from the storm, and the cast of characters that are disguised by their secrets, makes a classic, yet fresh whodunit to beat all others written before.
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Personally knew this kind of atmosphere & the type of people who frequent these Auberges so the book
was read & enjoyed in record time. Promised myself to "mark" the most interesting (and the ones that strike
me as corny) paragraphs or statements. Will look forward to another 3 Pines Mystery.
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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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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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