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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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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 10-02-10
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 10-02-10 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "Ms. Penny writes a wonderful mystery story"

    I could not stop listening so for over 12hrs almost 13hrs. I was on Ms. Penny's wonderful mystery adventure. I like to check in with the residents of Three Pines to hear what exciting things are happening in the nice quite village that always has a murder to solve. This is a great addition to the Three Pines series.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 10-01-10
    Judy 10-01-10
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    "Another great tale!"

    When I discovered Armand Gamache, I was hooked. Something about his wisdom and inner peace along with an acute intelligence just made me want to know him more and more. Having read all the previous books, I feel this one meets all expectations. I was hooked from beginning to end and can't wait for the next one to come out.
    The additional clip of an interview with Louise Penny was wonderful too. It was so great to hear her love of the characters and places and the fact that she sees the characters grow just as I do.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 10-08-10
    Laurie KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Couldn't wait, and even better than expected!"

    Ralph Cosham reprises his pitch-perfect narration of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels in Lousie Penny's new novel, Bury Your Dead. After listening to six ventures into the delicious world of Three Pines, Mr. Cosham IS Gamache to me. His vocal characterizations are never heavy-handed yet still distinct and engaging. Distinguishing the different characters is seamless and smooth for the listener.

    It is well paced. Warning -- this is serious "driveway" listening -- if you are playing it in the car you will likely stay in your seat until the end of the chapter!


    This is an exquisitely layered novel; deeper, more introspective and lyrical even than Ms. Penny's previous Gamache mysteries. We still spend some time in Three Pines, but a village more defined by its personalities than strict environment. Inspector Gamache takes us to Quebec City and shows us his thousand yard stare -- a stare that turns inside.


    I particularly appreciated the history of Quebec Ms. Penny shows us -- Seven Years' War history is a favorite of mine and it is well covered from the perspective of the modern history buff.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-24-10
    Marie Tallahassee, FL, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Tour de force"

    Louise Penny continues to excel with each novel. This latest in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is a tour de force. It's a complicated story, with essentially four narratives running parallel and often intersecting. There is the current murder to solve, that of an historian in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society. There is the previous mystery from Three Pines: that of the hermit in the woods, for which Olivier was convicted and sent to prison. And there is the shared experience of a case gone horribly wrong, an experience shared by Beauvoir and Gamache. While Gamache tries to solve the historian's murder, Beauvoir is in Three Pines to covertly and unofficially re-open the case of the previous murder. And while each man is on his separate journey, each remembers with well-placed flashbacks the case that almost killed them both. The flashbacks are an excruciating but pleasurable tease for the reader, because you don't know until near the very end what actually happened to Gamache and Beauvoir. Penny's deftly interlaces the flashbacks with current action, and Beauvoir's trip to Three Pines gives the reader some necessary comedic relief from the horror that is revealed through his memories. Cosham's narration is excellent as always. I am thoroughly spoiled by him, and hope that he will continue to narrate Penny's future Gamache novels.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 07-27-13
    Deborah 07-27-13
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    "another wonderful tale"

    I am completely hooked on this series, in love with the characters, fascinated by the world that Louise Penny has created. This novel also offers a lot of Quebec history and we spend time in one of my favorite places - Quebec City, particularly the old walled city. I enjoyed the interwoven plots -- 3 of them -- and the further development of both Gamache's and Beauvoir's characters. I was a bit frustrated with the extensive recap of a previous story -- that usually drives me crazy in series. Here, though there's enough that's new that it's not all repetition. Most of all, I love Penny's exploration of the human heart. So many wonderful insights about grief and loss and love and hate. I like that her characters have depth and complexity. But they're also reliable -- Ruth, Clara, Gabri, Myrna. How I wish I could sit with them all in front of the fire at the Bistro and eat some of that amazing food that Penny is always writing about. Her books make me hungry - for more! Can't wait to download the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 04-27-13
    HIII 04-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"

    Louise Penny successfully weaves three stories into one listen. It is delightful. I love the Three Pines Mysteries and this keeps the bar high. Great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Corpus Christi, TX, United States 12-27-10
    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 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    Louise Penny has done it again. I absolutely love this series. The character development is so carefully done that you are drawn in to the lives of the characters and feel like a part of Three Pines. Can't wait for the next story featuring Gamache.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harrington Columbus, OH, United States 11-04-10
    Harrington Columbus, OH, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Mysteries and Quebec atmosphere"

    Bury Your Dead is a leisurely paced story, heavy with Quebec and Quebec City flavor, history, and lore. Several plots are threaded together around Chief Inspector Gamache including an historical episode which intrudes into the present. As I recall, there are now seven Inspector Gamache books. The second segment of the Bury Your Dead recording includes a revealing short interview with author Louise Penny. Narrator Cosham does a good job handling simultaneous dialogue amongst groups of characters. All in all, a very agreeable audible book choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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