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)
I have been listening to this series in order. This one is the most intense so far for me, but not so much that it turned me away. The intensity helped solidify the characters in my mind, and I love them even so much more now. My only complaint is the JARRING switch from the very poignant final moments of the book to the interview with Louise Penny. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the interview as well as the book, but it was too much to jump from an emotional scene to a happy chatty interview. I rushed to hit the pause button so I could stay in the book, mulling it over and digesting it as I always do at the end of good books. The next day I went back and happily listened to the interview. This jarring bit could easily be avoided with a simple narrated statement after an appropriate pause saying stay tuned for the interview.
I was a little disappointed with the last one, but this makes up for it. Great book! Great narration!
I love Louise Penny novels and her character Inspector Gamache is so engaging. I don't think this is her best book but try as I might, I cannot stop listening once I start. This book has two plots, one in Three Pines and the other in Quebec City. The reader is educated about the history of Quebec and the conflicts between Anglophones and Francophones. Intricately woven through this duo plot are flash-backs to a police operation gone bad involving Gamache.
I love learning bits of historical facts through fictional characters and stories. This was a fast-paced mystery that kept me guessing and turning the pages for more.
I think the narrator needed to differ his performance more. There are many flashbacks and swift changes between character perspectives. This can be hard to follow when the narrator does not stop in between character changes or changes in scenery. I have not seen the printed version but I would hope there is a space between paragraphs when there is a shift in the story. That was sorely needed in this performance. Other than that, I thought the performance and story were wonderful.
Not right away. I am to busy going to the next book she wrote
The characters seem so real. I love all of them . They are interrelated but uniquely different. I love all of them.
Their is no
Ganache without Ralph
Yes. But I like to savor, sauté and marinate. I look forward to getting in my car , driving and listening.
I wish she could do two books per year.
The fascinating twists of the three stories was exhilarating; the pain of the characters in each storyline reached out to the listener and pulled me in. I love this series and I'd encourage everyone to start at the beginning. To get the full impact of these stories, it would be important for listeners to at least read The Brutal Telling first.
I love books!
In this 6th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny set in the province of Quebec, Candad, the author is really hitting her stride as a writer. I'll be really intereested to read the next books to see where she goes. In "Bury Your Dead", Penny actually weaves three different crimes into the story doing a good job with each. She starts by continuing a thread from the previous book, "The Brutal Telling", throws in a terrorist attack, and the murder of a person who had dedicated his life to finding a body buried 200 years ago. There is an audio interview with the author at the end of the book and she states that her books aren't really crime novels, rather the crimes are the vehicle that allow her to look at love, family, relationshiops, individuals, betrayal, small town life versus the big city, the angophile versus francophile (Briish vs French) question that has long been a prevalent part of Quebec life. I'm learning more about Canadian history than I ever wanted to but it is interesting. The author further states in the interview that the fictitious village of Three Pines and the characters she's created almost seem real to her, especially when she's actually writing. I agree with her as a reader. Great series and I'm on to book #7.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I highly suggest reading this series in order, "to know the characters is to love them". In this addition to the series there are three different stories going on simultaneously.
While on leave in Quebec Chief Inspector Gamache, a highly renowned investigator with the Canadian police, is pulled in as a consultant to help solve a murder that can only be solved by uncovering lost historical information. The second of the three stories is uncovered throughout as Gamache and Jean Guy Beauvoir, his second in command, re-account parts of a recent tragedy, that left them both injured and pretty shaken up. The last and my favorite, takes place, of corse, in "Three Pines", a wonderful sleepy little town where on Sundays you can wear your pajamas to the local bistro, which is just one of the many eclectic quirks that make it so special. Chief Gamache unofficially sends Inspector Beauvoir, to "Three Pines" hopeing that this distraction will keep him from obsessing about the tragedy, by reopening, "unofficially", a past investigation that resulted in a conviction of a long time resident, that still just doesn't sit right with the Chief.
Another hit by LP. I found that in this addition to the series, there was less cutting humor or philosophical quips, but more raw vulnerability shown by the characters. A great story that provided a deeper look into the mind and heart of our illustrious Chief Gamache.
It's not often a mystery brings tears to one's eyes. Bury Your Dead does. This already engrossing series goes deeper in this volume, in which a previous case, a new case and a dreadful incident in between are masterfully intertwined. The narration is spot-on and entirely appropriate to the changing moods and action. Although this book can stand on its own, I would be sure to listen to at least the previous book before listening to this one in order to get the full impact of the events.
Inspector Gamache in Quebec City: a nice change from Three Pines and a fine novel. If you are new to the series, start with book one, you will soon get hooked as so many of us are.
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