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A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache, 4)

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This in turn leads Gamache to suspect that the killer is Pierre Patenaude, the head waiter of Manoir Bellechasse. In a painful twist, the Morrows make the connection with Armand Gamache’s name – and his father, who we learn was a national disgrace during World War II. Book Four of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, "A Rule Against Murder", unlike the previous books, is not set in the picturesque Quebecois village of Three Pines (although the protagonists do pay Three Pines a visit). Murderer says that the arrival of the victim triggered an urge, that the murderer couldn’t take the injustice anymore. His parents with their societal issues and their personal issues had certainly warped the lives of their children as we are shown time and again throughout this book.

Thomas and Julia both mention that Spot and Claire, the last of their siblings and his wife, will be arriving soon, and hint that they’re the worst ones of the family—hard to believe given what the family is like.The Inspector himself is busy discussing poems and having philosophical (and pointless) conversations about his father with his father’s old friend.

The Queen Charlotte Islands coming up in The Brutal Telling, and especially Quebec City in Bury Your Dead. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary by staying at Manoir Bellechasse, a luxurious inn with a bucolic setting. With a killer surely amongst the group, it is not simply trying to find a motive strong enough to murder, but choosing which of many is most likely.The matriarch, Irene Finney, is hosting the middle-aged children from her first marriage to multi-millionaire businessman Charles Morrow. Gamache eventually catches the perp, but not before a harrowing scene where he almost loses his life. hide spoiler)] I also noticed Penny’s manipulation of details that would encourage the reader to focus on the many red herrings. Instead, most of the action occurs at the Manoir Bellechasse, a luxurious and remote Quebec Inn (patterned on the real Hovey Manor). He is kind, he is loving, he is forgiving, he is calm and steady and believes in forgiveness for everyone, particularly murderers.

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