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When I last reviewed a Louise Penny novel in these pages (2009’s The Brutal Telling), I wondered how much longer she could spin stories of murder in her chosen setting of the cloistered, tight-knit Eastern Townships village of Three Pines, Quebec – how many local killers could be protected, then unmasked? Bury Your Dead is an admirable attempt to expand the author’s storytelling horizons. In the novel, Penny’s delightful, world-weary detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, questions every assumption he’s ever made in the process of coming to grips with a “terrible, terrible mistake.”
Several storylines emerge, diverge, then converge. Gamache is supposed to be on holiday with his wife in Quebec City, but gets mixed up in a perplexing and brutal killing in the Literary and Historical Society Library, a library devoted to the history of the city’s English-speaking citizens. As the plot thickens, Gamache begins to suspect that the Three Pines scion he fingered as the murderer in Penny’s previous outing is in fact innocent, and that the real culprit got away with the crime.
Penny’s plot is complicated, and much of Bury Your Dead’s middle section drags because the reader is forced to work too hard to piece everything together. But the action picks up splendidly in the novel’s final pages, as both the community of Three Pines and Gamache himself come to terms with their culpability in convicting an innocent man. Revisiting (and revising) the climax of such a recent novel is an audacious move on Penny’s part, and it works well.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I adore Chief Inspector Gamache. I adore Louise Penny for creating him.mPublished 3 months ago by Lori Mollett
This series by Louise Penny is addictive. Chief Inspector Armande Gamache is my hero!Published 6 months ago by Pipersmom
I enjoyed reading about Quebec City in winter. The story was OK however it did lag in the middle. The ending was great, as always.Published 7 months ago by Kathy Ivers
Fun mystery tinged somewhat with archaeological reality surrounding the compulsive search for Champlain's grave by a Québecois enthusiast. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rob Ferguson
I found this a difficult book to read- follow- or enjoy. I never did finish it- and would definitely not choose another one by this author.Published 10 months ago by Gigi
as with all Louise Penny books my wife and I both enjoy her books very much. I would highly recommend this bookPublished 11 months ago by Andrew J Prudence
A great read, especially if you are familiar with the areas this series is set in. Love the characters and can't wait to read the rest of the books I ordered!Published 11 months ago by SunnyLorraine
Louise Penney masters the art of writing in a superb manner.
I appreciate her understanding of human nature and her exquisite way of expressing it. Read more