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Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | [Louise Penny]

Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
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Publisher's Summary

It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

Although he is supposed to be on leave, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. “It doesn't make sense,” Olivier’s partner writes every day. “He didn't do it, you know.” As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead.

Crack another case with Chief Inspector Gamache.

©2010 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Few writers in any genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope in the same scene. Increasingly ambitious in her plotting, she continues to create characters readers would want to meet in real life." (Publishers Weekly)

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    MidwestGeek 12-12-11
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    "Three stories related only by the personalities."

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    TRACY 10-18-10
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    "Excellent!"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Corpus Christi, TX, United States 12-27-10
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    "The Best So Far"

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "The inspector in Quebec City"
    What did you love best about Bury Your Dead?

    I love the reader, the descriptions of the city, you can feel the winter and cold. It was interesting to see the inspector in a tough emotional place


    What other book might you compare Bury Your Dead to and why?

    any Louise Penny


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, great timing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt like I was there.


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    Sallee F. Peterson 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Great Read"

    This is a great series. I love the way the Gamache character is evolving with his own struggles as this story unfolds.

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    S. Gillett 05-18-15
    S. Gillett 05-18-15

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    "So very good. Best audio series I've listened to."

    Another great addition to the Inspector Gamache series. I've read them all, but the audiobooks are so well done I'm listening to them each as well. The narrator is excellent and the sound quality is wonderful as well. Even if you've read the books I recommend listening to the audiobooks!!! Make sure you read/listen to the series in order though!

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    Christine K. Sheehan 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great mystery of Three Pines"

    I love listening to the reader of the Louise Penny novels. Ralph Cosham helps make the stories come alive. He is the perfect voice for Chief Inspector Gamache. Louise Penny is a wonderful writer of mysteries. Every one I have read so far have kept my interest throughout the book. I love how she incorporates wonderful sounding food into each story. Makes me hungry! The people of Three Pines are delightful characters who are not perfect, but just quirky enough to be interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mel 03-27-15
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    "The best yet of this series . . ."

    I am reading the Three Pines mysteries in order and this is the best one yet. The narrator for the story is perfect. Chief Inspector Gamache is a remarkable character. Highly recommend Ms. Penny's books.

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    Cheryl 03-19-15
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    "Another great book"

    Several stories weave in and out - sometimes hard to follow while you're listening. You don't see a page break. Outside of that - it was wonderful.

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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 03-12-15
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    "Loved this book"

    Me and my husband listened to this book together and so enjoyed the plots going on at the same time. It kept us thinking and trying to keep up with what was going on and it kept out interest through out the whole book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as we did

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