I waited with huge anticipation for "Bury Your Dead" to be released. The minute it was on audible.com, I downloaded it and listened to it three times. Louise Penny is by far one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. My only regret is that we can't get her books faster; I could read about Chief Inspector Gamache for the rest of my life and never tire of his character and the beautiful village of Three Pines. This book exceeded my expectations. I hope Ms. Penny is hard-at-work on her next book or I will suffer great separation anxiety from my favorite crime solver and the band of characters that have wend their way into this reader's heart. An amazing triumph!
More than others in the series, it would be a mistake to read this novel before having completed its predecessor "The Brutal Telling". This story involves two apparently independent mysteries, the one being a follow-on to the conclusion of "The Brutal Telling," the other, being a hunt for the murderer of a controversial character Augustin Renaud, seeker of the grave of the founder of Quebec City, Samuel de Champlain.
To enjoy the Inspector Gamache series, you must like police procedurals and character development. Otherwise, you will find these plots slow to develop with lots of seemingly irrelevant side trails explored. However, along the way, you learn about the history and culture of Quebec, and meet some extremely interesting characters living in the remote village of Three Pines. The continuity of the series is as usual associated with the central characters, but these seem like real people who evolve and change with time. The mysteries almost take a second place to the characters and the context. The books are about friendship, growth, complex personalities, conflict resolution, and psychological flaws. Everyone is both good and bad, strong and weak, objective while prejudiced, emotionally frail in certain ways while courageous in others. The prose is wonderfully constructed and a pleasure to read.
Brilliant! I don't want to give the story away by saying too much. If you have not read or listened to “A Rule Against Murder” (book 5) I would suggest you do that before you do this one. “Bury Your Dead” contains a new murder, story, characters, but it also takes us back to the Hermit. Made me laugh. Made me cry. Absolutely wonderful! Ralph Cosham did a wonderful job narrating.
Another great addition to the Inspector Gamache series. I've read them all, but the audiobooks are so well done I'm listening to them each as well. The narrator is excellent and the sound quality is wonderful as well. Even if you've read the books I recommend listening to the audiobooks!!! Make sure you read/listen to the series in order though!
I love listening to the reader of the Louise Penny novels. Ralph Cosham helps make the stories come alive. He is the perfect voice for Chief Inspector Gamache. Louise Penny is a wonderful writer of mysteries. Every one I have read so far have kept my interest throughout the book. I love how she incorporates wonderful sounding food into each story. Makes me hungry! The people of Three Pines are delightful characters who are not perfect, but just quirky enough to be interesting.
I am reading the Three Pines mysteries in order and this is the best one yet. The narrator for the story is perfect. Chief Inspector Gamache is a remarkable character. Highly recommend Ms. Penny's books.
Me and my husband listened to this book together and so enjoyed the plots going on at the same time. It kept us thinking and trying to keep up with what was going on and it kept out interest through out the whole book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as we did
I enjoyed it cause i love all the characters but it wasn't as good as the previous books. The separate story running through it made it feel like 2 different books