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.
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"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)
While the concept of multiple murders within such a small community is a bit difficult to swallow, the stories are great fun and the characters really special. I love hearing about life in Canada and the issues between Francophones and Anglophones in Quebec. Very interesting books.
I always hesitate before spending a credit on an Inspector Gamache, Three Pines mystery; and often it takes me awhile to get into the almost monotone, soft-spoken and unanimated narration. But it never fails to captivate me; and as underwhelming as he is, Gamache always takes the high road and lets the "little grey cells" (a la Christie) solve the crime. It is, I realize, an armchair mystery, much like those of Agatha Christie, where, the clues are all there, you just need to try to beat Miss Marple, Poirot, or in this case, Gamache to the punch by figuring it out. It is really much more of a challenge than the more demonstrative and bloodier types of mysteries. As always, this was extremely forthright, involved, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I came on board with her more recent books; so, I am going backwards, but enjoying the ride.
Louise Penny is a skilled writer who brings her characters to life without being verbose. Her phrasing is fresh and beautiful to the ear. Cosham gave wonderful voice to this story.
I found this book looking for Ralph Cosham work, read the reviews and gave it a chance. Loved it. It felt complete to me, rich characters, plots and sub plots, depth, wonderful symbolism that could be overlooked but for those who can read between the lines there are little treasures everywhere. I also appreciated the range of different characters and I have a new interest in Canada. :) No doubt, I will be listening to more of Louise Penny.
Louise Penny just improves with each book. Each of her characters becomes more human, more complex and thus more approachable with each story. With essentially three story lines going at one time you do have to pay attention, but it becomes just gripping with a couple of hours left to listen. Dinner, television - everything got put on hold to finish up and hear the resolutions.
How will it all resolve itself? And what really happened all those years ago? Penny leaves clues along the way but you must become engaged in the whole affair.
He does a stellar job - moving seemingly effortlessly from French to English. I associate him totally with Inspector Gemache, so should find something else he has done and compare.
French-English, city-village, past-present -- simultaneous mysteries abound around! Masterful, beautiful, sensitive writing by Canadian author Louise Penny. As you can tell, I am very impressed. I downloaded the book because of its consistently top ratings, and it more than met my expectations. This work must be listened to with brain actively engaged. A treat. 'Bury Your Dead' is the first of Penny's books I've read, but I certainly will be hunting up the previous books in the series. My download included an interview with the author.
Warning, there are many flash-backs and fast scene changes, with which the reader could be more helpful to the listener.
Louise Penny creates believable characters that you take into your heart. The series draws you in from the very first book and makes you feel that you are part of Three Pines. Take me to the Bistro; the bookstore; show me all the art that Peter and Clara have created; take me to the Old Hadley House. Of all the audio books I have listened to, Ralph Cosham is by far the best orator I ever have heard. His presentation of these fabulous novels is seductive and makes me part of a community that offers a glimpse into the rural life that is so far from the city life that so many live in. I am fortunate to live in an area that mimics Three Pines and I hope other readers can experience the sense of belonging.
Narrator is terrific. I listed to bits and pieces over and over just to hear his voice. Mystery is terrific. Very complex and keeps you guessing. I have now listenend to every one of Louise Penny's books available on audible.
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