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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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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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    Karen Loomis, CA, United States 10-31-10
    Karen Loomis, CA, United States 10-31-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Penny Has Done It Again!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 12-12-11
    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
    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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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Wonderful Entry in a Wonderful Series"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    emily mount eliza, Australia 02-11-15
    emily mount eliza, Australia 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the others"

    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

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    Lynn Maineville, Ohio, United States 02-03-15
    Lynn Maineville, Ohio, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "This series gets better with every book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bury Your Dead the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury Your Dead?

    That absolute tragedy of the situation of the young agent and the discussions over the phone lines to keep him alive.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    right before the killer in Three Pines was revealed, I figured it out and what a shock! Very well written.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Hollywood, FL, United States 01-20-15
    Barbara Hollywood, FL, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this series!"

    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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    K. Riker Salt Lake City, Utah 01-19-15
    K. Riker Salt Lake City, Utah 01-19-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A thoughtful, beautifully written book."

    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!

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    Miramira Florida 01-15-15
    Miramira Florida 01-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I Love This"

    I could listen to Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books all day. They make good stories for long driving trips. Love!

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    renrutphd Atlanta, GA, United States 01-12-15
    renrutphd Atlanta, GA, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "once again Louise Penny has shared her depth"

    I loved the book a,d as always one of my favorite narrators. thank you both. renrutphd

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