"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!
ANOTHER EXCITING INSPECTOR GAMACHE NOVEL
For me - yes. I'm unfamiliar with many of the French terms and accents. Listening makes it easier for me.
Most of the action and all of the disclosures came toward the end of the story so it wouldn't serve any purpose to disclose them here.
He is superb. He flows through the dialogue with ease.
When the family, who were all suspects in the murder, ridiculed Gamache to his face and told him father had been a coward.