Review: The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8) by Louise Penny

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The Beautiful Mystery is a fantastic installment in the Armand Gamache series.  Penny went in a different direction with the story this time and didn’t take us to the small village of Three Pines.  Instead Gamache and his second in command, Beauvoir, investigate a murder at a Benedictine monastery.

This had all the ingredients for a winning mystery novel and for that alone it deserves 5-stars.  But, its’ specialness comes from a surprising angle – the parallels between the friendship of the abbott and his prior (2nd in command) and Gamache and Beauvoir.  Fans of this series know of the father/son relationship that they have built.  Seeing cracks in the foundation is heartbreaking.

Penny also spent a good bit of time on prescription drug addiction.  I’ve had very little personal experience (thankfully) but know that it has the potential to change everything and ruin lives.  And, in The Beautiful Mystery it has done just that.  You know that a book is special when you immediately want to pick up the next in the series to see what happens with your favorite characters.

I think I will go do that right now.

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