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.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I am an enthusiastic fan of Louise Penny and Chief Inspector Gamache. This particular entry in the series takes us away from Three Pines and to Quebec. This is a nice change of pace, and there's some lovely details about the history and culture of Quebec. Not perhaps the best introduction to the series -- you really should start with "Still Life", but a good addition to the series.
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
The story told in flashback style about the kidnapping of the young agent and the emotion of trying to save his life. The detailed telling of this emotional part of the book was riveting, then you would be back in the present with Gamache dealing with the aftermath as he tries to solve another mystery. Very well written.
That absolute tragedy of the situation of the young agent and the discussions over the phone lines to keep him alive.
His voice is wonderful, his pronounciation of the French words add to the book rather than detract...I do not speak French, and I found the French phrases charming instead of annoying or leaving me lost. He does a wonderful job on all of these books.
right before the killer in Three Pines was revealed, I figured it out and what a shock! Very well written.
When I first read Still Life, I thought "What an odd story with odd characters" and decided to go on and listen to the second one and was hooked from there on. Anyone who watched quirky TV shows like Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, etc can appreciate the oddball people who live in isolated, small towns - they grow on you after a bit. Just like in Three Pines.
I had tears of joy at the end of this book!! Thank you Louise Penny for these marvelous characters. I want to live in 3 Pines!!!
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I loved the characters and the setting. It's more than a book about murder, it's about love and loss and transition and acceptance. Highly recommended!
I loved the book a,d as always one of my favorite narrators. thank you both. renrutphd