Mystery. In a locked, secluded monastery deep in the woods of Quebec, where 24 monks should be contemplating nature and God, one brother's mind -- and hands -- turn to murder. The cloistered monks, who've taken vows of silence yet are famous for a recording of their gorgeous Gregorian chants, know as well as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir do that one of them is the killer. Since Louise Penny's well-drawn characters evolve over time, those who haven't read her elegant, award-winning books may want to pick up the 1st in the series, Still Life
, before reading this "excellent" (Publishers Weekly
, starred review) 8th entry. For more layered, literary mysteries, try Charles Todd's historical tales featuring Ian Rutledge.