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Louise Penny
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April 12 2011 Chief Inspector Gamache (Book 6)
As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city's oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries . . . a mystery Gamache must solve if he's to catch a present-day killer.

Steeped in luscious atmosphere, brimming with the suspense and wit that have earned Louise Penny a massive global following, Bury Your Dead is the most ingenious suspense novel of the year.

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Quill & Quire

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.


'Very powerful - Penny's best book to date ... A stunner Stephen Booth Louise Penny writes like an angel and plots like the devil. Bury Your Dead had me on tenterhooks from the first page to the last Alan Bradley Bury Your Dead has two intelligent plots and, as a bonus, you get to know a bit of Canadian history The Times The author brings the intriguing story to life using ornate descriptions Star Magazine

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you want in a great mystery book? June 11 2010
Short review: It's an incredible book and I am very lucky that I had access to an Advanced Reader's Copy. You, gentle reader, would enjoy it most if you read the first five books in the Three Pines mystery series as they all build in terms of character and story to make the experience far more rich and rewarding.

And a longer (if you wnat to keep reading) version: My love affair with the books of Louise Penny began two years ago when I read the first of her Three Pines mysteries, "Still Life". I have read a lot of mysteries (including 120 in the last three years) and Louise Penny has become one of my favorite writers. All of the mysteries I read have their fair share of good and evil, usually a corpse or two and someone searching for the answers.

In Louise's world, her people are so complex and fascinating (beginning with the Surete's Armand Gamache) that you wish you could move into the small Canadian village of Three Pines and join them for a cup of cafe au lait and a croissant. So what if people seem to die there (of unnatural causes) at a higher per capita rate than almost anywhere else! It's a world of good friends and great food and challenging weather, of art and poetry and greed and mayhem and undercurrents. So many wonderful undercurrents. Penny does not underestimate the readers' intelligence and for that we can be grateful. This newest book, "Bury Your Dead" takes you to several locations throughout Canada, but her skill in tying it all back to Three Pines and the residents there is wonderful. I have no desire to spoil any of the storyline(s) for you, so I will just say that if you like your reading to include sly wit, heartbreaking emotions and a deep understanding of what makes us human, this is the book (and series) for you. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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and names too remember. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in the history of Quebec and
the separatist movement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Discover Québec City Jan. 22 2012
By mg
Ms Penny improves which each new book. Discover this great city while enjoying an entertaining whodunnit! No need to read all the previous books as recurring characters are well described. Some creative liberties with historical facts which the author acknowledges in the introduction. A good read nonetheless.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment July 12 2011
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
6th book the Chief Inspector Gamache series

'Bury your Dead', won numerous awards in Canada and other countries for being the 'Best Crime Novel' in 2010 and consequently became profitable for everyone in the business. Browsing reviews from different sites before I finalized my thoughts, I discovered most readers' qualified it as extraordinary; the best in the series'.seems I am one of the few to question this assessment.'OMG did I dislike one of Louise Penny's cosy novels? What did I miss?

I agree with those saying that Louise Penny ran out of ideas in this one, after creating so much murder and suspense in Three Pines she seems to have lost focus and direction in this one. The action moves to Québec City, dead of winter, Carnival time, where we learn the loveable Inspector has suffered a traumatic event. Initially I wondered, did I miss something, where, when and how did this event happen?

This latest instalment is a rather quiet introspective story that intertwines three plots:

1) Inspector Gamache while in recovery mode decides to spend some time with his mentor in Québec City and rehash some of his memories that still haunt him and try to tie up some loose ends. While there, he stumbles upon the Lit& His Library/Museum at the time when a body is discovered in the basement. Naturally our Québec 'Columbo' takes the reins of the investigation, an investigation that brushes the delicate aspects of history between the French and Anglo communities.

2) While in flashback mode Gamache rehashes the events of a deadly police investigation that went terribly wrong. A deadly raid that always comes back to haunt him.

3) Another case that has also haunted him over time is brought to the forefront.
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Fun mystery tinged somewhat with archaeological reality surrounding the compulsive search for Champlain's grave by a Québecois enthusiast. The setting in Quebec City is fun and the tension between a shrinking Anglophone community in the midst of a Francophone milieu is well presented. There is a strain of historical reality running through the fictional present. I've only read one other of Penny's books and didn't find it nearly as enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read May 8 2014
By Gigi
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable April 18 2014
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as with all Louise Penny books my wife and I both enjoy her books very much. I would highly recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars murder and mystery April 17 2014
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Louise Penny yet!
Published 6 days ago by marcia mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This series by Louise Penny is addictive. Chief Inspector Armande Gamache is my hero!
Published 17 days ago by Pipersmom
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading about Quebec City in winter
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 1 month ago by Kathy Ivers
5.0 out of 5 stars A way to rediscover Old Québec
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
Published 8 months ago by laurise dube
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book!
Louise Penny's book are so much fun to read....full of Quebequois/Canadian culture and interesting history in that northern region. Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Both Beaurtifully and Brutally Well-written
Bury your dead indeed, but where will you bury him and why isn't he there? This is my first Armand Gamache adventure and I must say I wish I had read Louise Penny's series sooner. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Betty Gelean
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Quebec comes to life
I should admit, upfront that I am not really a reader of detective stories and, anyway, there are enough reviews here that discuss Louise Penny's skill as a writer of this genre in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Friederike Knabe
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick to one plot, Ms Penny!
I had read 3 or 4 of Louise Penny's earlier novels but found that the first one, Still Life, was by far the best; a couple more were enough of Three Pines for me, even though I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Inglerean
3.0 out of 5 stars Bury your Dead by Louise Penny
I have read many other books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed every one. This one did not hold my interest and attention. I had to force myself to finish it. Read more
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