I've enjoyed the opportunity to experience Louise Penny's growth as an author with the Three Pines mysteries. Each book in this series gets better, and this one is a small masterpiece of construction, characterization and plot. I was completely entranced. Penny shows us the (for most of us) unfamiliar culture of Quebec, while also delving deeper into the central personalities that inhabit each of these novels. Armand Gamache is one of those rare characters that we want to spend time with, and he is complemented by his temperamental second-in-command. Unlike the other books in the series, (which are really cozy mysteries in the classic style) this one surprises with its violent, dramatic climax, told in a series of wrenching flashbacks. Mystery novels don't get much better than this!
The reader is wonderful too.
This is the sixth or seventh Inspector Gamache book I have read, and it presents Inspector Gamache and company at their best -- solving three mysteries in the span of one book!
One of the three is based in centuries-old history, one is a re-look at an old case, and the third is a murder in Quebec City, where Gamache is recovering from a prior case gone terribly wrong. The descriptions of Quebec City and the quebecois culture add a nice touch to this particular story (the other ones I've read from this series take place elsewhere in Canada).
This story does a nice job of developing the wide range of characters further, showing the raw, vulnerable side of Gamache in particular.
The narrator and this series of books are a nice match.
We finally spend time inside Gremache's head as he psychologically recovers from another mystery. We are also introduced to the atmosphere and history of Quebec City.
Walking in a snowstorm...towards whom??
He owns this series as he does French accents well and gives sensitivity to the lead character, Gremache.
This is a great addition to a great series.
In the top ten.
Absolutely! Little parts of the story are hinted at.
Yes. Top notch as always!
This installment in the series is very good. Louise Penny is a good writer. Well researched, reliably well-written characters and stories. Love the settings. Solid, solid, solid. And entertaining. It kept me listening, wanting more. I always finish one of Penny's books ready for more.
Louise Penny has entertained me through several Inspector Gamache books. In this book she takes us through a very tense police situation. It was gripping at times and challenging to put down. If you love her series you'll enjoy this book also. Just know it has more tension and action than previous books.
Yes, listening to Ralph Cosham is a delight. He could read the telephone book and I would enjoy it.
This is not your ordinary murder mystery. In all the books of this series, Louise Penny manages to incorporate poetry, history, gourmet food and psychology, giving the series such interest.
Chief Inspector Gamache is such an interesting character.
Yes, I like the pace, the character development and the complexity of the characters
His narration is superb and paced just right for listening
I listened to the newest one first and then went back and listened to the rest. One right after another! I can't wait for the next in the series
This is the best of the Armand Gamache books so far. The plot is taut and clear. The story contends palpable tension and strong emotion. It also piqued my interest in Canadian history.
This is a true classic, one that I am sure I will listen to again to connect the threads in the three mysteries that run through the novel.
Each plot line builds in suspense, almost in competition, with no clear resolution in view.
Each story assumes prominence as it unfolds and the author skillfully moves the reader's focus from one to the other. This technique is both frustrating and spell binding.
As in all the novels, Chief Inspector Gamache is the compassionate, intuitive, and very human center, whose anguish over a mistake and resulting loss of life, reminds us of imperfection and frailty even in the most stalwart fictional heroes.
"Bury your dead" is a novel that exceeds the limitations expected in mystery genre.