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)
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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.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
Bury Your Dead is the sixth of Louise Penny's Armand Gamache/Three Pines Novels. I liked it very much and thought it showed growth on the author's part. May well have been the best one. As is my custom, I then read some reviews - I try to resist that until I finish reading because I have spoiler phobia, especially with mysteries. Most of the reviews I read were very positive like mine. A few complained bitterly about the narrator on the audiobook - the absolutely wonderful narrator! Other reviews agreed with me that this guy IS Armand Gamache to us. He is in fact one of my favorite readers. The complaints were funny - saying his voice was too relaxing (possibly leading to car accidents), too high, too low, too French, too hard to tell which accents were French and which English, etc.) This book was more complex than the previous ones and that bothered a lot of people too. It seems often people get very distressed at changes in place, time, point of view, etc. Some people also didn’t like that it didn’t function as a standalone novel (which is true, though why should it have to?) Additionally you really need to read these books in order.
The series may have become over time my favorite mystery series. Also, despite this being a sizable book, I wanted more when it was done. I did not know who did it. She is good at keeping the killer secret. She does like that Agatha Christie-esque thing where the detective gathers everybody up at the end and leads you to who the killer is. Ok, that is kinda cheesy but I forgive her.
Of course there were reviewers complaining it was boring - and I can easily see how someone could think that, though I don't. Several people were really annoyed at all the discussion of Quebec history. Long discussions of things like that (at least in audio) only make me wonder how accurate it is, if parts are fictionalized, etc. They don't make me mad. The book often made me hungry since she is good at describing food. This one makes you want baguettes and pastry among other things. And I am long over being annoyed that these people have to throw French tidbits into perfectly good English sentences. :-) Now I even understand some basic stuff without it being translated.
This is the sixth or seventh Inspector Gamache book I have read, and it presents Inspector Gamache and company at their best -- solving three mysteries in the span of one book!
One of the three is based in centuries-old history, one is a re-look at an old case, and the third is a murder in Quebec City, where Gamache is recovering from a prior case gone terribly wrong. The descriptions of Quebec City and the quebecois culture add a nice touch to this particular story (the other ones I've read from this series take place elsewhere in Canada).
This story does a nice job of developing the wide range of characters further, showing the raw, vulnerable side of Gamache in particular.
The narrator and this series of books are a nice match.
We finally spend time inside Gremache's head as he psychologically recovers from another mystery. We are also introduced to the atmosphere and history of Quebec City.
Walking in a snowstorm...towards whom??
He owns this series as he does French accents well and gives sensitivity to the lead character, Gremache.
This is a great addition to a great series.
In the top ten.
Absolutely! Little parts of the story are hinted at.
Yes. Top notch as always!
This installment in the series is very good. Louise Penny is a good writer. Well researched, reliably well-written characters and stories. Love the settings. Solid, solid, solid. And entertaining. It kept me listening, wanting more. I always finish one of Penny's books ready for more.
Louise Penny has entertained me through several Inspector Gamache books. In this book she takes us through a very tense police situation. It was gripping at times and challenging to put down. If you love her series you'll enjoy this book also. Just know it has more tension and action than previous books.
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