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The Murder Stone [Paperback]

Louise Penny
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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July 1 2010
A brilliant, big, old-fashioned drawing-room mystery with a denouement worthy of Agatha Christie, from the international bestseller. It's the height of summer, and the Manoir Bellechasse is playing host to a reunion. The wealthy Finney family have gathered to pay tribute to their father. But as the temperature rises, so does the tension. Old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to simmer, and when the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. A guest at the Bellechasse, Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec finds himself with a hotel full of suspects. Even the staff have something to hide. With the hotel locked down, Gamache knows the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all...

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'A firm favourite among mystery fans' -- Mike Ripley, Crime Files 'The red-herrings are expertly deployed, and the solution is ingenious and unexpected' -- Guardian 'Super-smart, hauntingly subtle murder mystery' -- Easy Living

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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…

A RULE AGAINST MURDER

 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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the series May 17 2011
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic whodunit in a secluded inn. May 31 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another WOW book by Louise Penny May 16 2014
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! Feb. 2 2014
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Phyllis Thrush
4.0 out of 5 stars The murder stone by Louise Penny
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by darlene Ware
1.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Louise Penny writes terrific mysteries. The "who dunnit" is just one aspect of Louise's writing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Gladstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Must,must read
Louise Penny is my favorite mystery author. She has a profound knowledge of human relationships and all of our little secrets. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LISE LEBUIS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder Stone
I enjoyed reading this book and would buy other books by this author. It was a well edited tale, without the distractions of grammatical errors, etc.
Published 18 months ago by Gudrun Haag
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Just love inspector Gamache series.would be nice if titles did not change of some series . Could have avoided buying duplicated.
Published 19 months ago by Eky Ternamian
1.0 out of 5 stars Title
How comme the author is allowed to use the title of a mystery novel written in 2003 The Murder Stone by Charles Todd. And it is a very pale talent compared to Todd's
Published 23 months ago by Suian
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and informative
All the clues were presented as the plot developed but I didn't recognize them until the book told me something that I hadn't known before. That put them in perspective. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2011 by Anne H. Davidson
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