Louise Penny 

Friday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. 

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel   



No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.” But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.

Louise Penny is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seven previous novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times—for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, and The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards).

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Event date: 
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 7:00pm
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1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park
Still Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312948559
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 1st, 2007

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ISBN: 9780312626907
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 2nd, 2011

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Published: Minotaur Books - February 15th, 2011

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Published: Minotaur Books - April 12th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780312661687
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 31st, 2010

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ISBN: 9780312377021
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 20th, 2009