The Murder Stone Paperback – Jul 1 2010
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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
About the Author
Louise Penny has worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with expertise in hard news and current affairs. She lives in Quebec with her husband.
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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.
Now, I don't give these a 5, just for a few little details: as a Quebecer, I've raised the occasional eyebrow at what I (mistakenly or not) have deemed to be errors in factual information, as well as in some of the French translations. And some of the leaps in logic and rationale seem a bit stretched. And I have occasionally found the books a tad repetitive. Yet, these are insignificant details, as these are novels, not documentaries, and, I've had to admit to myself, for the most part, I can use the repetition, as I would probably get a bit lost without it.
These small negatives are, to me, by far overshadowed by: the familiarity of the Quebec setting, the time we spend with the characters taking in the beauty of their surroundings, eating wonderful meals, and enjoying the company of good people. Who are caught up in a battle against a shadowy evil. Do I cross a line if I say the series has a bit of a Tolkienesque vibe? I adored "The Lord of the Rings" for the beauty of its world, and the depth, kindness, imperfection, and camaraderie of its characters. And so I adore these books. Maybe I should give them a 5.
Following The Cruelest Month, The Murder Stone is followed by The Brutal Telling.
Most recent customer reviews
Purchased as a gift for a friend, and the recipient was delighted.Published 1 month ago by Stephany Aiken
I love Louise Penny's books...
Great story line and wonderful characters.
Louise Penny just gets better with every book and The Murder Stone is no exception. Love Amazon's fast delivery when I just can't wait for the next book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
From the first page, I got wrapped up in this story. Penny introduces us to a very dysfunctional family that has been imploding for years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francine
Tous les livres que j'ai lu de Louise Penny sont FORMIDABLES.Published 5 months ago by Denise Groulx
One on my favourite authors by far. All of her books are so beautifully written, have such wonderful twist and turns. Read morePublished 6 months ago by hooked on books