It's not often a mystery brings tears to one's eyes. Bury Your Dead does. This already engrossing series goes deeper in this volume, in which a previous case, a new case and a dreadful incident in between are masterfully intertwined. The narration is spot-on and entirely appropriate to the changing moods and action. Although this book can stand on its own, I would be sure to listen to at least the previous book before listening to this one in order to get the full impact of the events.
Inspector Gamache in Quebec City: a nice change from Three Pines and a fine novel. If you are new to the series, start with book one, you will soon get hooked as so many of us are.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
Bury Your Dead is the sixth of Louise Penny's Armand Gamache/Three Pines Novels. I liked it very much and thought it showed growth on the author's part. May well have been the best one. As is my custom, I then read some reviews - I try to resist that until I finish reading because I have spoiler phobia, especially with mysteries. Most of the reviews I read were very positive like mine. A few complained bitterly about the narrator on the audiobook - the absolutely wonderful narrator! Other reviews agreed with me that this guy IS Armand Gamache to us. He is in fact one of my favorite readers. The complaints were funny - saying his voice was too relaxing (possibly leading to car accidents), too high, too low, too French, too hard to tell which accents were French and which English, etc.) This book was more complex than the previous ones and that bothered a lot of people too. It seems often people get very distressed at changes in place, time, point of view, etc. Some people also didn’t like that it didn’t function as a standalone novel (which is true, though why should it have to?) Additionally you really need to read these books in order.
The series may have become over time my favorite mystery series. Also, despite this being a sizable book, I wanted more when it was done. I did not know who did it. She is good at keeping the killer secret. She does like that Agatha Christie-esque thing where the detective gathers everybody up at the end and leads you to who the killer is. Ok, that is kinda cheesy but I forgive her.
Of course there were reviewers complaining it was boring - and I can easily see how someone could think that, though I don't. Several people were really annoyed at all the discussion of Quebec history. Long discussions of things like that (at least in audio) only make me wonder how accurate it is, if parts are fictionalized, etc. They don't make me mad. The book often made me hungry since she is good at describing food. This one makes you want baguettes and pastry among other things. And I am long over being annoyed that these people have to throw French tidbits into perfectly good English sentences. :-) Now I even understand some basic stuff without it being translated.
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.