The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Louise Penny is an amazing writer and story teller. With Chief Inspector Gamache, she has found a worthy successor to P.D. James' Adam Dalgliesh and others. Since most readers seem to fall in love with the stories, I recommend starting at the beginning of the series. There is a richness that comes from living with and getting to know these characters, their place in the world and how it has changed over time.
Most of the books are set in the charming village of Three Pines, but The Beautiful Mystery takes us to an isolated monastery, where monks have maintained a tradition of Gregorian Chanting that brings the unwelcomed world to their door when they release a recording that may have influenced the death of one of the brothers.
No matter where Penny sets her mysteries, her descriptions of place create a longing to visit and stay awhile. Check out this article that investigates the real world locations that have influenced the author.
The Beautiful Mystery is a haunting work and perhaps her best offering in the series to date.
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