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A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache, 4)

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wrote: "Louise is very important to Canadians for settings and politics of our own, from the get go. You would think that something terrible must have happened to her like to Lisbeth Salander for her to act like that. As the squad tries to peel back the layers on this odd family dynamic, they learn some of the core issues that have simmered below the surface for decades. The murder this time is one I was saddened by; the murderer was one I felt so strongly about that I hollered at the pages, "Don't do it! Gamache and Reine-Marie, following a decades-long tradition, have arrived at the Manoir Bellechasse to celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary.

It couldn’t be the Madam of the Manoir, she’s too frail and quite unknowing about the workings of statues. In my experience, it’s absolutely possible that parents love their children “the best they can”, and leave the children with no clue that they are loved. Louise Penny shows how disfunction was introduced into the family, and given an environment to flourish.Bean : Marinanna’s child, blond and beautiful, ten years old and often escaping into books and imagination. It is generally nice to be reflected and read " runners" and " icing", instead of "sneakers" and "frosting".

It seems unlikely that someone outside of the Manoir could have committed the murder, as the setting is completely remote. She tries to offer solace to the family, but finds herself either dismissed or the one to be comforted.Other characters in the story include Madame Clementine Dubois - owner of the Manoir Bellechasse; maître d' Pierre Patenaude - a long-time employee who runs an impeccable dining room and trains the wait staff; Elliot Byrne, a new waiter who's insolent to Pierre and makes fun of the guests behind their backs; Colleen, a young gardener; Yves Pelletier - the sculptor who created the statue of Charles Morrow; and several residents of Three Pines, including the innkeeper Gabri and the disgruntled poet Ruth and her duck Rosa. And once a year, men with names like Andrew and Douglas and Charles would leave their rail and whiskey empires, trade their spats for chewed leather moccasins and trek by canoe to the lodge on the shore of the isolated lake.

So this “truth” that Gamache’s father is a coward runs throughout the novel and the other guests taunt Gamache with this knowledge. There are many suspects, as the Finney/Morrow family is a seething cauldron of resentment, hostility, dysfunction, and possibly even insanity, hidden under a polite veneer.We don’t get the sense that ANY of the Morrow siblings feel that their parents loved them–that’s probably one main reason they keep coming to these dratted reunions– in a forlorn hope that maybe, at long last, their mother will tell them their father loved them, or she will throw out some crumb of loving kindness. hide spoiler)] I also noticed Penny’s manipulation of details that would encourage the reader to focus on the many red herrings. As Hercule Poirot encoutered in Agatha Christie’s THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES or Jane Marple faced in AT BERTRAM'S HOTEL, the list of possible murderers in Louise Penny’s THE MURDER STONE is closed and short. However, Penny deliberately flouts this style when she wants to hide information—or mislead the reader.

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