Reviews of Beautiful Mystery, the (2012)
Review by michael a draper (2012-11-20)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir are alerted about a dead body found in a cloistered monastery.
One of the monks has been murdered and a complication is that the monks have taken a vow of silence, except for when they do their chanting. Their chanting has been recorded and has brought a welcome income to the monastery.
Two other stories are interwoven into the mystery. Jean-Guy is in love with Armand's daughter, Annie and plans to ask Armand for her hand. Also, Chief Superintendent Francoeur arrives and attempts to undermine Armand's investigation. Jean-Guy thinks of Armand as a father figure and defends him with every opportunity.
The novel is well done and gives an enjoyable view of a man's loyalty and the brotherhood that takes place.
(This review refers to the 2012 version titled “The Beautiful Mystery”)