The Beautiful Mystery
Author: Louise Penny ; Read by Ralph Cosham (IMDB) (AudioFile)
Publisher: Macmillian Audio
Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache / Three Pines Mystery, Bk 8
Length: 11 discs; 13.5 hours
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
It's the next in the series, and I'm getting behind. It qualifies for the 8th annual Canadian Book Challenge.
Oh, Beauvoir! ::sigh:: Deep breath in, deep breath out. Have I mentioned how I hate addiction?
Anyway, Gamache and Beauvoir go to a secluded and hidden monastery in the depths of Quebec where one of the monks has been murdered. This order, long thought gone, has recently exposed itself by way of a recording of their Gregorian (plain) chant. Apparently this caused a rift among the brotherhood that leaves Gamache and Beauvoir suspecting every one of those left surviving. Which, of course, means the reader is also left with suspicions - even if you have formed theories along the way.
Beyond the mystery, the book offers and intriguing look into both the chant (which I find lovely though perhaps not in such a religious light) and what a small group of men cut off from the world need to sustain themselves. One is a doctor, one is a engineer sort, one is excellent with the animals, another with the plumbing. They garden, sing and worship together. It was all a very interesting look at the social structure, which is actually right up my alley considering my education in sociology.
I have a few other audiobooks to listen to, but once I've finished those I'll be listening to the next book in this series, How the Light Gets In.