Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Rule Against Murder

by Louise Penny

I just can't give enough praise for the Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series and for Louise Penny's writing.  I love them.  While reading this series I feel like I gently slip deeper and more comfortably into the coziest of overstuffed chairs.  It's a feeling that I cherish and am most grateful for.

This, the fourth in the series, is set in an old, log lodge set on a beautiful lake, surrounded with beautiful forest and just a short drive from the village of Three Pines.  Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary with a week stay at the lodge.  At the same time there is a family reunion taking place.  Of course, a murder takes place and Gamache is the one who looks into the past to discover who has been harboring a wound that has grown into the act of murder.

 Penny keeps me totally wrapped up in the story, the mystery of who the murderer was and why and how it was committed.  But she also thrills me with her turn of a phrase and the way she uses words to paint a a feeling, an atmosphere, a lesson, a character, etc.

I liked this description of the lodge:
That was the other ingredient of the Manoir.  It was filled with suspects, it was filled with Morrows, huffling and silent.  But more than that, it was filled with relief.  It was like a sigh, with structure.

In the story the father had left each of his children a short note with advise on it. 
You can't get milk from a hardware store.  It was a funny sort of thing for a father to tell a daughter.  But by then she'd broken the code, and knew what her father had been trying tell her.  Stop asking for something that can't be given.  And look for what is offered.

Advice given by Gamache to his friend and also, a suspect:
Be careful.  You're making hurting a habit.  Spreading it around won't lessen your pain, you know.  Just the opposite.

I feel most blessed that Louise Penny has such a marvelous talent and that she decided to share that talent with me.  I'm not a writer, have no desire to be but I'm grateful for those who are.  Penny is one of my absolute favorites.


Anonymous said...

Totally agree with each thing you said. Love, love, love Louise Penny's books.

Cathy said...

Me three!

Myke Weber said...

Me four. And I loved your review. You hit the nail on the head with that cozy chair metaphor. I never read anything but I consult you first and for good reason. You find me only the best books. Thanks so very much!

Framed said...

I love her too although this wasn't my favorite. Still wonderful, though.

Zibilee said...

I have never read anything by Penny, but these books do sound really good! I am so glad that this series continues to impress you and that you love these books so much. It's great to feel so thrilled and inspired by an authors work.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This sounds like a great series.

Unknown said...

I've never read this author, but plan on picking something up from the library! thanks!

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I've never read this series, but it sounds great!

Les said...

As soon as I finish with the Maisie Dobbs series, I need to go back to Louise Penny. I've only read the first in the series and have all her others in my stacks. I'm anxious to return to that beautiful location and Gamache!

Ruthibelle said...

"I'm not a writer, have no desire to be but I'm grateful for those who are"

You're probably the first avid reader I've heard say that.

Awesome review.

Jill said...

I haven't read this mystery series, but it sounds wonderful. I love books that give me that cozy armchair feeling! I'll add it to my list - thanks!

Thoughts of Joy said...

LOL. I just read what you wrote under "Leave your comment."

This one was sooo good! It's great to read your enthusiasm for this series, especially when I have thoroughly enjoyed it as well.