The book is very pleasant without being insipid. The narrator is great, as is the story.
Louise Penny has done it again. I absolutely love this series. The character development is so carefully done that you are drawn in to the lives of the characters and feel like a part of Three Pines. Can't wait for the next story featuring Gamache.
Bury Your Dead is a leisurely paced story, heavy with Quebec and Quebec City flavor, history, and lore. Several plots are threaded together around Chief Inspector Gamache including an historical episode which intrudes into the present. As I recall, there are now seven Inspector Gamache books. The second segment of the Bury Your Dead recording includes a revealing short interview with author Louise Penny. Narrator Cosham does a good job handling simultaneous dialogue amongst groups of characters. All in all, a very agreeable audible book choice.
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!
I've listened to all of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, and this is the best so far. I enjoy series mysteries until the author tires of them and that fatigue becomes obvious. But Louise Penny obviously loves these characters, so not only is she not tired of them, she is actually in the early stages of romance with them, when we're still learning things about their character, their psychological makeup, their pasts and relationships. Bury Your Dead combines a search for the historical Samuel Champlain with the painful--and current--death of Agent Morin, the young agent who picked up the priceless violin in the "hermit's" cabin in the previous novel, and entranced his fellow officers with his gift. Penny explores Gamache's deep sense of responsibility for the young agent, who was soon to be married, and his anguish over the pain the failed operation has caused his second-in-command Jean Guy, and the other people in his department. Penny has created in Armand Gamache a character who is sufficiently flawed to be believably human, but one who represents the best that human beings can aspire to. I love these novels, and this is the best one yet!
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.
Complex, emotional, insightful
I enjoy Ralph Cosham's narration of this series. He doesn't overdo anything, the emotion is appropriate. I can differentiate between all the characters. Some might say he's a bit monotone, but this series doesn't lend to a lot of dramatic reading.
I don't know that "extreme" is the word I'd use. There were several intertwining stories and all of them kept me guessing till the end. There were times that yes, I cried. And times I laughed at character comments, but that's not unusual in this series. Mostly, I was curious to the point I wanted to listen to the whole story in one sitting!
I know nothing about Quebec history, and there is a fair bit generally referred to in this book. I enjoyed that aspect a lot. Eventually it focused on one historical figure, and I'm not sure how much of that specific side story was real or embellished, but it was part of what made this such an interesting story! Also, if you haven't already read the first books in the series, I strongly suggest reading them first. At least read A Brutal Telling. One of the side stories in this book is focused on what happened in it.
After listening to the too-short interview following this book, I realized how Ms. Penny's love and understanding of all of her characters, as well as the workings of life in a village in Quebec, have drawn me in and secured my devotion to her, most likely not just for this series, but any novel she wishes to write. Every novel is a patchwork of mysteries, not just of the whodunnit, but of what is intended in an particular passage or statement. Her use of poetry and literature adds to, instead of detracting from, her stories. Thank you.
I've been captivated by Chief Inspector Gamache since the first book in the series, but this mystery is by far the best one yet. Penney is masterful at slowly unwinding the details of three story lines simultaneously. The characters are so well defined that I cared about each one in each story line, and yet surprised by every twist and turn. Can't wait to read the next book. Though the book works as a stand alone story, it makes much more sense and will draw you in more if you read The Brutal Telling first.
Really have enjoyed all six books and can hardly wait for number seven. Such a wonderful depth of character. I have never known the answer till the very end.