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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, 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 choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of  prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.
 
The Beautiful Mystery is the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best novel.

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    Praying for more?

    What do you get when you mix a police investigation, a drug addiction, a festering and growing hatred with religion? You get yet another masterpiece from Louise Penny....A Must Read!

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    The Beautiful Mystery

    Excellent as usual, I can sense a climax but I dont want the series to end ! Please Louise keep writing !

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    This is not only an intriguing mystery but is also a literary masterpiece. Louise Penny excels in creating interesting and believable characters who are as intriguing as the story line. Her books are about real people and this is one of her best. Hard to put down!

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    This is another great novel by Louise Penny. Shem makes characters come alive and the description of the background of Quebec is wonderful. You can smell those croissants. The story keeps at a steady pace and there is always a little twist that you weren't expecting. Have enjoyed all of her novels.

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    I found this to be an intriguing mystery. I was troubled by the actions of Gamache's young protégé Jean Guy and anxious to learn more,. Penny is a brilliant writer, exploring the depths of the human soul.

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