The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8) by Louise Penny

The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Québec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as "the beautiful mystery."But when the renowned ch...

Details The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)

TitleThe Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
Release DateJul 2nd, 2013
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction

Reviews The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)

  • Pat
    This is probably more a 2.5 than a 2 star rating, from someone who has given almost entirely 5 stars to Penny's previous seven novels. "The Beautiful Mystery" gravitas and plot depend so heavily upon events in two previous novels involving the Surete and Gamache's deadly feud with his superiors, that I would only recommend it to readers of the series. Even then I found myself confused, if not baffled by the alien action of the last 10% of the nov...
  • Phrynne
    I really enjoy this series but this was one that did not really enthral me. I like the books set in Three Pines best, largely because I have become very attached to all of Penny's wonderful characters.The Beautiful Mystery however is set totally in a monastery and the only characters we know for most of the book are Gamache himself and his off sider Jean Guy Beauvoir. Now I really do not like Beauvoir and find it very hard to understand why Gamac...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4.75* of five The Publisher Says: The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time.No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, f...
  • Holly
    2.5 starsWell, I was warned by several book-friends that this was not going to be one of the better books of this series. They were not wrong. Not every book in this series is set in the imaginary small Canadian town of Three Pines, so the new setting of a monastery cannot be solely blamed for this lackluster novel. Instead it's the bland characters. Monks do all kind of look almost the same in their robes, and this was kind of the literary equiv...
  • Matt
    Louise Penny has taken another gamble with this unique novel in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. When a monk is found at a remote priory in the Quebec woods, Gamache and Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir make the difficult trek to investigate. Using this whittled down Homicide squad of the Sûreté du Québec, Gamache soon discovers that the priory is well-known for its chanting monks, who were headed by music director Frère Mathieu, the vic...
  • Megan Baxter
    An Armand Gamache novel not at least partly set in Three Pines? What will I do with myself? I have so much enjoyed knowing a whole town involved in a murder mystery, as well as the detective and his team. Despite the initial trepidation this set off in my head, it was quickly allayed by the story that Louise Penny laid before me. This was really damned good. Even if it had a heartbreaking ending. Penny's understanding and portrayal of human natur...
  • Margitte
    Historical theme:An ancient order, the Gilbertines, is occupying the monastery with a unique selection of monks singing an ancient collection of Gregorian chants as part of their Divine Office. Their power was not so established in their disciplined, isolated religious calling, as it was divided between their dedication to their music and their silence. In this impregnable wall of divinity and humanity a few cracks appeared. A silent war was ragi...
  • Jim
    Readers of this series know that Chief Inspector Armand Gamache arrested Chief Superintendent Pierre Arnot. In doing so he became a hero with the men and women of the of Sûreté du Québec as well as the public. But he also made enemies. There were some who did not want Arnot arrested. They felt it would be an embarrassment to the Sûreté and that he should be allowed to resign. But Gamache knew it was the right thing to do. "Some malady is com...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: In the earth nineteenth century, the Catholic Church realized it had a problem.The cloistered monks of Quebec’s self-contained Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups monastery focus their lives on prayer and the simplicity of Gregorian Chants. The murder of their prior and choirmaster, Frère Mathieu, has forced open their doors to Inspector Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du QuébecPenny’s writing is simply superb. Her p...
  • Monica
    A locked monastery mystery - somewhere in the back of beyond in the northern Quebec wilderness there sits a 400 year old monastery inhabited by 24 members of a cloistered order who devote their lives to God and chanting. The unexpected popularity of a recording of their chants has created dissension in their ranks and a monk is murdered. Gamache and Beauvoir are called in to investigate.The problems I have with this book: the abbot's recruiting o...
  • Michael
    I enjoy the special voice and psychological depth Penny has in this mystery series. In this one the murder of choirmaster in a remote cloistered order of monks leads Inspector Gamache and Agent Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec to travel there and live among the community until the mystery is solved. The site is of a fictional monastery established 300 years before by an order seeking a hide out from the Inquisition, Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Lou...
  • Sue
    I recently purchased "The Beautiful Mystery" (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8) by Louise Penny, after reading such great praise for this book on Goodreads.I have to admit that I haven't read any of her other novels,so I didn't know what to expect.This novel can be read without visiting previous novels. Little did I know that I was in for such a real treat.I was drawn into this book right from the beginning. Her characters are complex and very ...
  • Renata
    I'm really just an occasional mystery reader and by that I mean I will read quite a few mysteries over the course of two years and then be entirely immune to their siren call for the next year or so. After reading a few Louise Penney mysteries my friend Juliann recommended this one and I absolutely adored it. I loved everything about it - the setting in the monastery, the descriptions of the life and various monks living within, the tensions betw...
  • Kathy
    Gregorian chants are at the heart of Penny's latest Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery. A monk, the choirmaster, has been murdered on a quiet, isolated island off Quebec where the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups has been home to the Gilbertine monks since the middle of the 17th century. Only recently discovered after centuries of obscurity, these monks have the mission of singing and preserving the purity of the Gregorian chant. Ga...
  • Julie
    This book is a departure from the others in the Gamache series. Set at a monastery rather than the perfect village, Gamache and Beauvoir must find the killer amongst the chanting monks. There is much to like about the novel, particularly the descriptions of the plainchants and the ancient neumes from which they are derived, yet I found the book unsettling rather than enjoyable. The antagonist in this story is not the murderer, but Gamache's boss ...
  • Mandy Radley
    This series just keep getting better and better. I'm so glad I'm new to this series if I had to wait a year for the next one it would drive me mad. In this one Gamache and Beauvoir are not in Three Pines and are called to a monastery in the middle of nowhere to investigate the murder of one of the monks. I found this one quite creepy you could almost imagine you were in the monastery, behind the thick stone walls, dark corridors, door leading eve...
  • Rita
    A monk has been murdered inside the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups and the only possible suspect is one of the other monks. This order maintains a vow of silence except when singing Gregorian chants. They let no one from the outside in, but of course they must make an exception for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, who have arrived by boat to investigate the murder.This order of monks, The Gi...
  • Brenda
    In The Beautiful Mystery, 8th in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny, we are taken to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, located on the edge of a lake in the isolated lands of Quebec, where no others – except the monks – had ever been allowed admittance. Twenty four monks living in the peace and tranquility the order had known for centuries. Now, their peace had been shattered – there were twenty three aft...
  • Obsidian
    This Gamache doesn't hang together very well. When Gamache and two of his team are called to a monastery to investigate a murder, things once again come to a head with Jean- Guy and Gamache's supervisor who is intent on making him pay for not being corruptible. I also didn't get much of the discussion about the chants/singing that was discussed throughout the book. I think it's been about three months since the events in the last book. Jean-Guy i...
  • Bill
    I used to listen to the That Stack of Books podcast with Nancy Pearl, a noted librarian and literary critic in the US.I liked her honest opinions of books and it seemed that she and I shared similar tastes. When I was very early on in Louise Penny’s Gamache novels, maybe 2 or 3 books in, I was struck by what Ms. Pearl had said about them. While she agreed that what she had read she somewhat enjoyed, the fact that each of these were set in the t...
  • Sherry Roberts
    I have followed Chief Inspector Armand Gamache from the beginning. He is an old friend so when he hurts, I hurt. This time he must find out who murdered a monk in the isolated monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden on an island in the middle of a lake deep in the wilderness of Quebec. The suspects are 23 cloistered monks living in peace, prayer, and song. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have beco...
  • Cheryl
    my first and wont be my last novel by Louise Penny. I was actually with the Chief Inspector during the whole novel. Ms.Penny had me from the very first word, I just couldnt put this book down. At the very end I felt that I wanted more and was disappointed that there wasnt.However after sleeping on it, realized Ms Penny had ended this novel just as it should have been. Can hardly wait to read more of her novels. Thanks so very much Goodreads, for ...
  • ☮Karen
    She is such a great author who always impresses me with how much research she does on the locations and history of her subjects. And as usual, I am eager to read the next one to see how things pan out.
  • Jon
    Named for Agatha Christie, The Agatha Awards are literary awards given out each year to mystery and crime writers who write in the "cozy mystery" subgenre (I love that term). Cozy mysteries are traditional mysteries that contain little or no sex or violence and are often set in a closed setting with an amateur detective (think Christie's Miss Marple books or TV's "Murder, She Wrote"). Over the last 8 years, Penny has been nominated each year for ...
  • Jeanie
    Penny is such a superb writer that even at her worst she's a four star winner in my opinion....With that being said, here's the thing...I'm growing weary of Jean Guy's (supposedly a bright guy though that fact is seldom apparent) idiocy, and the continued torture of our beloved Gamache by those circling vultures from the Arnaud case. Please, Ms.'s time to move on. Either let the vultures have Beauvoir permanently and let Armand retire ...
  • Martha Francescato
    This review is from: The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - A Very Beautiful Mystery marred by an unexpected and unwanted intrusion (originally published in is the second novel in the series that strays from Three Pines and the endearing characters who live there (the first one is Bury Your Dead). But it is natural -- Three Pines is very small, and there are so only many murders that can happen there. So, here we...
  • Mary
    "That word? I do not think it means what you think it means" (Inigo Montoya, quoting from memory.)Warning: Spoilers ahead! Like the others in Louise Penny's series, this was a quick and (for the most part) easy read. Briefly, it told two stories: that of a murder in a monastery in northern Quebec, and that of Jean-Guy Beauvior, still struggling to overcome his many wounds (physical and emotional)and to protect his boss, Gamache, from his boss's b...
  • Elvenn
    Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is sent to investigate the murder of a monk to a monastery so hidden in the woods that the Catholic Church thought the order extinct.The place is one of a kind: Only 24 monks reside within its walls in almost complete isolation from the world, under a vow of silence and never leaving the place, but they're famous for their voices and as the custodians of Gregorian chants lost for centuries and in...
  • Susan Meissner
    Louise Penny is a genius. I listened to this book on audio as I have the other books of hers I've "read" and was again swept away by the story and her simple yet insightful prose. Her narrator, by the way, has a velvet voice, and deftly speaks the female roles without ever sounding like he's trying too hard. I'm prickly when it comes to narrators who over-extend to mimic the opposite sex; it never works. This narrator however is perfect. I've bee...