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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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 28
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Port Reader ,

The Beautiful Mystery

You have referred to the book category as "British Detective". FYI, the main character lives is a Francophone, definitely not British!


The Beautiful Mystery

As usual Louise Penny captivates with the twists and turns of this intriguing mystery. It is gut-wrenching, suspenseful, humorous and uplifting. I read it while listening to Gregorian Chant playing softly in the background. I high,y recommend it.

MacnordYVR ,

The Beautiful Mystery

It's book is pure magic! It is the first of Louise Penny's books that I have read, and now I will read everything else she has written! She grips you right at the beginning and never lets go. The characters are drawn so clearly you could sketch them yourself. The setting is described so well it is as though you have been there. There isn't a single weak link, not a slow moment nor a flat character. You are there with them, in the chapel transported by the music, in the woods discovering and eating blueberries, or by the lake surrounded by mist. You care what happens to the characters after the book ends, all of them. This is an incredible book, read it, you will love it, I promise!

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