Thursday 11 October 2012

The Beautiful Mystery

Finished October 9
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, read by Ralph Cosham

Another beautiful mystery indeed. I swear that Louise Penny gets better with every book, which makes this one good beyond words.
On the professional side, Gamache is called to the remote monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, on the edge of a northern Quebec lake, where the choir director has been found murdered. He decides to bring along Beauvoir to assist him, and the two travel up to find a small group of monks, who grow vegetables and tend chickens, and make chocolate. But more importantly they sing, and it is Gregorian chants that they sing. Recently a recording of the monks was released and they drew a lot of attention, and raised some money to help improve their building.
Now that the choir director is dead, they have to make some choices about their future, and Gamache and Beauvoir must figure which one of the brothers committed the crime.
On a personal level, Beauvoir is getting better, feeling happy and optimistic about his future. But Gamache still worries about him, more so in this remote place, where he is still vulnerable to evil and his demons. It continues the story of the men, their history, and the incident that won't let them go.
Listening to this book, I also found Cosham's voice perfect for the book as it has been for others in this series I've listened to. And now I am waiting for the next one.

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