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.
For fans of Penny's Three Pines series, this book pays off in a big way. If you are new to the series, don't - I repeat don't - start with this book. If you don't want to go back to the beginning - and you really should - at least read the previous book ("The Brutal Telling") before plunging into this one. "Bury Your Dead" is nuanced and heartbreaking, and one of the most affecting novels I have ever read. It follows three stories simultaneously. The first is a murder in Quebec City at Carnival time. Of the three, it's the most straightforward. Some of the background relating to the history of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, and conflicts between English and French language speakers is slow going. But it's a good workmanlike mystery, elevated by the emotional complexity of Chief Inspector Gamache as he struggles to reconcile himself to events that have brought him to Quebec City to recover from wounds. It is those events that comprise the second story - of a shootout that left him and fellow officers bleeding or dead - told only in flashbacks from both his point of view and that of his deputy, Jean Guy Beauvoir. The details of the attack are doled out over the course of the book, at first sporadically and then with escalating urgency, leading to the big reveal. It's masterful storytelling. The final plot line returns readers to Three Pines and the murder central to the previous book. To say more would be to give too much away. Suffice it to say that anyone who read "The Brutal Telling" but not this one will not have gotten the whole story. The emotional payoff here is monumental.
This may seem odd, but the series reminds me a little of Ellis Peters' Cadfael and Felse series. These are much more psychologically complex and deliver both devastating and transcendent moments that those do not. But there is also something about Gamache as a character, a humane-ness, that reminds me of Cadfael and Felse.
The late Ralph Cosham embodies these characters completely - especially Gamache. I have only listened to half the series so far and am dreading the switch to a new reader resulting from Mr. Cosham's untimely death. Even if I were to read these books in print, it is Cosham's voice I would hear in my head.
The past is never really over
Penny employs her usual red herrings and I thought I'd finally solved this one before the detectives. I was wrong.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Always a fan of Inspector Gamache and this series, this one was a little more difficult . . . if one had not listened/read all the previous books in the series (I have), it would be near impossible to grasp the threads of the many pieces of the tale which culminate in this one story . . . added to that, it is difficult to determine if the events are happening currently or in the past, even IF you are not new to the series . . . I had to back it up a few times to make certain of what was going on . . . that said, I continue to love Louise Penny's writing, Three Pines and the folks who live there . . . just hoping that the next in the series isn't quite so entangled or confusing . . .
If you've been following along with the Chief Inspector Gamache /Three Pines series thus far, prepare to have your heart dragged through a brutal winter season. I didn't title this "tears on the treadmill" for nothing. I listened to these books to pass the time in the car, during housework, and at the gym, and the final "pages" of this book had me showing my feelings to all my fellow gym-goers.
This is one of the absolute best in the entire series. If I could give it more stars, I would. One note on this though - this was the first time that the "case" at the center of the novel did not have my full attention. It's still a good one and it is steeped in rich history, which makes it even better, but by now you are so attached to the recurring characters that you will be aching to get back to that plot line. I can't really say more than that, you need to experience it for yourself. Just one thing - grab some tissues first.
Wonderful plot and character development, enjoy the very real characters. With each book Penny gives us more insight into various characters.