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Cannonball Read V: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

By readwritecook | Book Reviews | June 5, 2013 | Comments ()


One of Penny's trademarks is her beautiful use of language, and it is evident here; but the beauty of the writing couldn't fully overcome the lack of action and slow pace to keep my interest. While I understand Penny's intention to mirror the slow and measured pace of the monastery with her words, I still found it to be frustratingly slow. Pages and pages are dedicated to the discussion and attempt to understand the purpose and meaning of the Gregorian chant. At the same time, Penny brings in one of the ongoing storylines regarding Gamach and his tenuous relationship with his superior. While this story progresses more than in other novels, I was left wishing that more details were revealed. The resolution at the end felt inadequate and frustrating.

I give The Beautiful Mystery three stars. It's hard not to compare it to Penny's other Gamache mysteries. I would give most of them a four star rating. While her use of language and ability to tell the story is still intact, I just wish there had been a significant supporting story to give this tale a bit more to keep my interest.

This review is part of the volunteer Cannonball Read V. Read all about it, and for more of readwritecook's reviews, check out her blog read, write, and cook.


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