As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries... a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer. Steeped in luscious atmosphere, brimming with the suspense and wit that have earned Louise Penny a massive global following, Bury Your Dead is the most ingenious suspense novel of the year.
©2010 Louise Penny (P)2011 Hachette Digital
"Murder, an attractive detective, and terrific atmosphere . . . Impressive." (The Times)
"Magic . . . an elegance and depth not often seen." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Shudders and suspense . . . terrific." (Time Out)
This book left some questions unanswered until the end of the story. By doing this it keeps the reader engaged and guessing. I liked the setting of the story. The canadian content made the story more relavent to me. The author does a very good job of discribing the setting. You can feel the cold winter winds as you listen to it.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
There is so much going for the series and after 4 books Louise really could have hit her stride.
It ia painfully repetitive.
A good editor would help..
No, considered several times deleting it, but ploughed on. Read great reviews, but this book had way too much going on for me to keep track of. Might be better if read. Way too many characters - 25 - 30 people, probably about 4 or 5 main characters. Too many irrelevant side stories. Too much Quebecois history shoved down your throat, and I've even been there, so probably a bit more appreciative than the average listener. The history would be more acceptable if you were say a high school student in Quebec, but it's local history, and not really something outsiders have more than a passing interest in. It's almost like the book had a political statement to make as well because many Quebecois people want independence from Canada, and this was very very evident in the book, to the point where it annoyed me.
Cut out all the irrelevant side stories, and instead of their being two murder cases plus the police situation at the beginning, which continually reappeared throughout the novel (and this to-ing and fro-ing time wise threw me out on a few occasions), just stick to one thread.
This should shorten it, which it desperately needed.
No. But he was excellent I thought, and did the accents well.
No, hardly made it through the book.
Wish I hadn't bothered with it. Dragged on, and bored me for the most part.
Around 5 on a scale of 10
Long on description, short on story
All the scenes describing that yummy French food
Gomanche of course so that I could eat -and drink- a fabulous meal
Reminds us of the still simmering Anglo French attitudes
Well Louise, you've done it again, and again, and again!!!!!!! There is nothing more enjoyable than picking up a novel written by this author and joining the team of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the delightful residents of "Three Pines". If you have not read any of her books, you are in for a treat!
Why would they not use Ralph Cosham to narrate this book. The major reason that I preferred obtaining Louise Penny book in Audible format is because of the magical quality of Ralph Cosham's voice gives to the stories. That voice lifts the story above being just a narrated story to being a gateway to Three Pines.
Although the story itself was up to the fantastic level that Penny always creates, the unexpected nature of Adam Sims voice (good in it's own right, but incongruant to the Three Pines Mysteries) made the overall quality of this audible edition disquiet.
Not sure what is happening to this series. I really enjoyed the first 4 books, but the last 2 have been a real let down. It was nice that some of the parts of the last book were wrapped up in this book, but really it should have been finished in the last story. It didn't really make sense to shift part of it over to this book and kind of felt like it was put in simply to bulk out the book. I'm also starting to become a little annoyed by the increasingly rampant racism towards anyone that isn't French Canadian.
A real shame as, like I said, the first few books were enjoyable, however based on the last 2 I will be thinking twice before buying any further titles in the series.
"Bury your dead"
Loved the narrating and his lovely voice.
Now I'm going to read the next in line.
"not sure if I'd get another in the series"
The story has three or four plots running through it. One relates to an earlier book and, having listened to this, there will now be no point in getting that book as there is a reinvestigation of the murder and solution in the previous book. Another plot line is two of the characters recalling through flashbacks events that took place a month or so previously when a policeman was held captive. A third is the investigation into a murder which took place in Quebec of a man obsessed with find the body of the founder of Quebec, Champlain and the fourth is effectively their own investigation into what had become of that body in order to back track the victim's steps.
The characters of the police were quite interesting and might draw me into reading more of these books, but probably only if I got them from the library or felt I had spare credits as I was left irritated by the holes in the plots.
The revelation of identification of the murderers seemed completely arbitrary, more based on the investigators' logic than any evidence. That logic can clearly be at fault, hence the reopening of the decision made in a previous book where Gamache had identified the murderer and he'd been convicted. In particular the person identified for the Quebec murderer seemed to be completely out of character and seemed to be chosen on the basis of 'well, it couldn't have been X or Y or Z, so it was you'.
The flashback story is quite intriguing, but suggests that the rest of the Surete are somewhat thick as they don't immediately latch onto an oddity of the kidnap which leaps out from the start, then a senior officer argues with Gamache that he is wrong. I will however need to listen to the final chapter again as I'm still not certain how this turned out for the kidnap victim.
The narration is good, but it is rather odd to use French accents when the characters are speaking in French to each other - shades of Allo Allo, but not so strong.
Would say more, but have run out of characters.
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