"What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois.
It was such an extraordinary thing to say, it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette. "You have a rule against murder?" he asked.
"I do. When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact.... Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe."
It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, 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.
The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried 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 in A Rule Against Murder.
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lovely, peaceful drama!
I enjoy Louise Penny's writing
I've read all of Louise Penny's books. She is a wonderful and gifted writer. When I saw her books on Audible I started listening to the books. I have enjoyed the retelling of each story. The voice of Ralph Cosham is so soothing. Just like I would imagine Inspector Gamache sounding if he were a real person.
I enjoy Inspector Gamache so much. His relationship with each of the people he works with is so soundly developed. His relationship with his wife is so soothing and mature.
As I stated before Mr. Cosham sounds as though he could be a Inspector Gamache if there was such a person in reality. So charming and mature.
- D. Thomas