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A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache, 4)

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This is the beginning of a very long narrative poem about three brothers who were imprisoned on this island in a lake. While many would expect Peter and his family to react, none are overly shocked or doubled by the event, soon deemed a murder.

As irritating and bizarre as their bromance is, I find Penny’s worshipful adoration of Gamache even more distracting. Julia Morrow: had claimed on the witness stand during her ex-husband’s trial that she knew nothing about his investment fraud.

Julia in particular is dreading it, and during an illicit smoke outside one evening, she confides to Gamache that her family makes her miserable. It is the same as reading one of her books: it is a powerful―and empowering―experience, sprinkled with some mischievous laughter along the way. If Gamache senior had run away to another country or used some other means of avoiding serving in the war, then I’d be more prepared to accept the judgement of cowardice. I have again come to the end of this novel having enjoyed the setting and the familiar characters, but in this case unconvinced by the story.

Thomas throws a barb at Julia meant to hurt, and it has the desired effect—she loses her temper and rails at her siblings one by one, before saying to the room, “I know Daddy’s secret” and running outside. I have read all the books many times so far and so am “current” with Peter, as far as I can be without an Advanced Reader Copy!

Still waters run deep, and it’s not always apparent to an onlooker what is going on in the mind of another.

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