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A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache, 4)

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Penny tells us in her acknowledgements that this is very much inspired by the real Manoir Hovey in North Hatley, Quebec, so if you want a taste of it yourself . Much of this behavior is a holdover from childhood, when the children competed for the their father's love and attention. In fact, most of the time, if the handicap predated the birth of any and all of the children, most handicapped persons would see the child as a blessing. The Morrows, each and every one of them watching with horror from the safety of the ground, now understand who killed their daughter, their sister.

Their animosity towards each other, and their disconnection from people who do not belong in their social circles is like a madness, caused often in abused people, especially children. I’m back in Three Pines with start of “Brutal Telling” and have just remembered hearing about Roar Para in passing in one of the other stories – but can’t remember which one! 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. He’s one of the new servers and openly challenges Pierre’s authority, causing mischief among the ranks.As part of their reunion festivities, a large sculpture of the long deceased family patriarch is unveiled, which only adds to the tension. Later, Pierre confesses that he killed Julia because he was bitter that her imprisoned, soon-to-be ex-husband had bankrupted his father, along with many others, by running a pyramid scheme. The rich family had all came together to remember the dad by putting a statue of him in the garden of this lodge? 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. To commemorate the happy occasion Gamache and his librarian wife Reine-Marie are enjoying a vacation at the upscale Manoir Bellechasse near the village of Three Pines - where many of their quirky friends live.

He tells Daniel that life is hard enough without giving a child a name that will lead to abuse or bullying.Armand suspects that Julia Martin, Irene's daughter, has been murdered and he sets out to find the killer. Penny’s Gamache series is praised for its thematic depth; set in Quebec, Canada, the series goes beyond a conventional mystery plot to probe the culture and history of Quebec. Upon arrival at Manoir Bellechasse, the Gamaches learn that they will not have the solitude to which they are accustomed, as a family reunion brings much excitement and fills the rest of the rooms.

Instead, most of the action occurs at the Manoir Bellechasse, a luxurious and remote Quebec Inn (patterned on the real Hovey Manor). Marianna Morrow: The interloper sibling who seems a cross between a hippy and a slob is actually by far the most successful of the bunch. Mother Irene is cold, mean, and condescending and the brothers and sisters constantly spat and put each other down.The character of Bean himself draws attention to him/herself only to disappoint readers that he/she was of no particular significance other than proving a philosophical point and a roof top ending.

I guessed who the murderer was (although I wasn't sure, since there were many possible suspects), but not how and why the perpetrator committed the crime. Julie, you said, “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. MY THOUGHTS: Louise Penny's murders are always just a little 'off the wall', and the murder in A Rule Against Murder is no exception. The murder investigation becomes a journey through history, memories, broken relationships, bitter sibling rivalry, childhood hardships and buried secrets.

Peter and Clara in Three Pines are in their chosen domain, so it’s different seeing them out of that setting. Since her mother doesn’t know if Bean is a girl or a boy, she can’t judge the activities that Bean is allowed to engage in. As irritating and bizarre as their bromance is, I find Penny’s worshipful adoration of Gamache even more distracting.

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