The Murder Stone

The Murder Stone

Book - 2008
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The fourth novel in the bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series by multi-award-winning Louise Penny.

Publisher: London : Headline, c2008
ISBN: 9780751547535
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PEN
Characteristics: viii, 312 p. ;,24 cm.


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I read Murder Stone 10 years ago and had forgotten the plot. The re-read was so enjoyable. The background to Gameche's character is all the more rich because we know him from later works. The dysfunctional rich family and the harm that fraudulent investment schemes do to the common man are very timely themes for this decade.

Oct 26, 2017

I started Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series recently, and really enjoy her writing. It’s fun to read a series set in Quebec, and her characters are interesting. This is the first book not set in the village of Three Pines. At a remote inn, Gamache meets members of the Finney family, who are cruel to each other and foul to others they meet, yet strangely pathetic at times. A murder occurs, of course. There are also hints of a shameful secret in the Gamache family history. Enjoy!

May 22, 2017

Fourth in the series and the best so far, possibly because it doesn't take place in claustrophobic Three Pines, but at a remote, claustrophobic resort on a lake during a Quebec summer. A dysfunctional, hateful family, resort folk with secrets, the affable Gamache, a tremendous thunderstorm and presto! a murder in paradise. Penny always portrays the darker aspects of peoples' characters, even "good" people, who (mostly) mask them and somehow manage to rise above them. Perhaps that what makes her books so readable despite the cloying village and its annoying inhabitants.

rb3221 Apr 20, 2017

Louise Penny fans will love this novel and it is a good read but not her finest work and certainly not my favorite to date. The novel does move rather slowly and the motive for the murder may be believable but is also a bit far fetched. The suspects are many in this dis-functional family full of resentment, hostility and animosity. All of the members of this family become suspects with this very unusual method of murder: by a fallen statue. How could this huge statue possibly be pushed over? An unusual way indeed.
The novel also contains the back story about Gamache and how he became the man he is today: kind, strong, thoughtful and intuitive.

Jul 07, 2015

Same book as A Rule Against Murder

Mar 20, 2015

Take a family of idiots and put them all together in a secluded lodge. A bizarre murder occurs and Gamache goes to work. Do you enjoy being bombarded by constant hostile internecine hatred, this book might be for you. Penny Louise's writing is lovely but cannot overcome the nasty dreariness of the story. I read the whole thing but felt like I was the idiot for doing so.

Feb 09, 2014

This is my first Louise Penny and I am hooked just because I really like her style of writing. Good writing is everything.

Mar 15, 2013

Love this series. I am reading the books in order and it does help me understand the characters. I recommend to everyone.

Mar 27, 2012

Read these out of order, but it didn't matter they were all very good, can't wait for the next one. Love Inspector Gamache.

Mar 02, 2012

I love these mysteries for the writing and the characters. Penny drops the "clues" like breadcrumbs and I am sure most mystery fans will have figured out the who/how by 3/4 of the way through the book. But who cares!! The fun is in the great characters anyways. I was happy to see Three Pines make a brief appearance too.
HIghly recommended <3

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