Saturday, May 25, 2013
Murder in the Monastery
There is a wolf in the fold dressed in a black robe with shaved head and he whispers prayers with his brothers. At last I am reading The Beautiful Mystery by Canadian mystery writer, Louise Penny. I have been looking forward to this book featuring Inspector Gamache for a long time. The setting is not Three Pines as in most of the other books in the series. This time it is a monastery called Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups located in Canada. This is a remote cloistered monastery with twenty-four monks so one of them must be the "wolf". The choir director in the story, Frere Mathieu, has been found murdered with a rock in the abbot's garden. His body was found curled up into a fetal position with the Latin words meaning "Day of wrath" written in vellum, possibly from a page of an ancient chant, and placed in the sleeve of his robe. I was curious if this was a real monastery but it is not. However, it is based on a real monastery famous for singing gregorian chants. I am on page 50 and so far there is Inspector Gamache, Jean Guy Beauvoir and a new character,Captain Charbonneau, investigating the murder.