Bury your Dead

Bury your Dead

Large Print - 2010
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It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to celebrate but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the seemingly peaceful Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's search for the missing remains of the founder of Quebec ends bizarrely in murder. Injured himself and in need of rest, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he receives letter after letter 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." Despite the overwhelming case against Olivier, Gamache sends his deputy back to Three Pines to make sure that nothing was overlooked. Through it all, in his painstaking quest for justice, Gamache must relive the terrible events that killed one of his men before he can begin to bury his dead.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781410431721
Characteristics: 651 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Sep 26, 2020


Aug 16, 2020

BURY YOUR DEAD is the sixth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series by author Louise Penny, and for me, it’s the best so far. The past collides with the present in this intricate tale that juggles multiple mysteries and storylines. Penny’s intelligent and descriptive writing brings the characters and settings to life. Much of the action takes place in and around historic Québec City, and because I found it so interesting, I added Québec City to my travel destinations bucket list. As in previous books, the multidimensional character development is an integral part of the story - with Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir, Gamache’s second in command, taking center stage. Emotional and heartbreaking, BURY YOUR DEAD is a book to be savored. I highly recommend reading this series in order, particularly because BURY YOUR DEAD offers a follow-up and conclusion to the previous book, THE BRUTAL TELLING.

May 16, 2020

Reading an Inspector Gamache mystery is like visiting with old friends. You learn something new, but you still know the basics.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 27, 2020

I'm late to the party, but enjoying this series. I particularly loved the non-cozy/cozy overlap in this one!

Nov 04, 2019

I was amazed how the author developed 3 storylines in one novel and tied them together into an interesting novel. Perhaps 2 more plotlines could be added if one considers the baffling clue about Montcalm's assistant arriving too late to help in the Battle of Abraham - was it a conspircy? - and the problem of finding Champlain's resting place. I loved the setting of upper Quebec City in winter during Carnival time. I loved the descriptions of snow bound Quebec City - the effect of the cold on faces and hands, the sound of icy snow falling from the steep roofs, the problem of walking on the ice-crusted paths, and the sound of a blizzard. I loved reading about the streets that the characters walked on, the cafes visited, and the history of the buildings - especially the Morrin Center. I loved being tantalized with some conspiracy theory about the outcome on the Battle of Abraham and possibly some new information about Champlain's background. I counted the many ingenious ways the author used to regurgitate what had happened just in case readers had forgotten. One thing I don't like about the author's writing style - but probably why readers like her books - is her need to explain, discuss, judge, and present reasons for the actions and thoughts of her characters - usually in phrases or one word sentences. This practice reminds me of discussion groups or English teachers tasking their members to discuss the "why" a character acts/thinks they way he does. The conversation fillers of the group in the bistro in Three Pines are also annoying, especially those with Ruth, the so-called poet with her profanities. Thankfully, her duck has escaped in this novel. Hmmmm - maybe I should downgrade my rating.

Jul 18, 2019

Normally, I enjoy Louise Penny books; but, this one was too drawn out and repetitive. Took too long for the story to unfold and resolve. There were many flashbacks, and many of them started at the same point and unfolded a little bit more. I can see how the author was trying to unfold flashbacks as part of the healing process for Gamache's character, but again, took way to long and far to many repeats. Also, kept going over the same Canadian history again and again. I would skip this one in the series. It doesn't really add anything.

May 13, 2019

I read two other Louise Penny books about Armand Gamache and enjoyed them. One was set in a monastery deep in the forest. The other was a murder in a cafe in Three Pines. This one was a tedious and too dark. I t was set in Quebec City, which I loved hearing about and now want to visit. But it was flashbacks about an dramatic and sad police incident, which while "heightening drama" was so parceled out that it was distracting and annoying. Also had a second story line about Beauvoir visiting Three Pines to re-investigate the murder solved in another book. Really? I would've been highly annoyed to read this book before I read her whole book devoted to that murder! Guess that means you have to read her books in order. And I guess I don't want to be in the head of Armand Gamache and Beauvoir for such a long book anymore. I like a more light hearted detective, like Kinsey Millhone.

ArapahoeHannah Apr 09, 2019

The author brings life to every aspect of the book!

May 26, 2018

Fairly good narrative and solid characterizations. Would have preferred italics or some other device for the flashbacks as this slowed the pace especially at the beginning as you get used to the author's style. Though backstory (specifically the crime not the descriptions) was illogical and the "detecting" for the Quebec city murder case is predicated on some fortunate clues. This novel might have a little too much Canadiana in it as this affected the pace and the plot.A decent read. I did not read this in order of the series so that might have made it better. If you are interested it is worth a read.

Apr 14, 2018

This is one author best-read in chronological order of the publishing dates. I find the three murder stories that are intertwined a little too confusing. It would be more relaxing to read this novel if there was only one or two murder stories involved.

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Aug 16, 2020

“Things are strongest where they’re broken.” - p. 230

Aug 16, 2020

“Feelings. As much as people tried to rationalize, tried to justify, tried to explain, eventually everything came down to feelings.” - p. 228

Aug 16, 2020

“To commit something to memory was to know it by heart. Memories were kept in the heart, not the head. At least, that’s where the English kept their memories.” - p. 177

Aug 16, 2020

“…the four sentences that lead to wisdom… I’m sorry. I was wrong. I need help. I don’t know.” - p. 170

Aug 16, 2020

“In winter the very ground seemed to reach up and grab the elderly, yanking them to earth as though hungry for them. Shattering a hip or wrist, or neck. Best to take it slow.” - p. 141

Aug 16, 2020

“Normally Gamache concentrated on people’s eyes, but was aware of their entire body. Clues came coded, and how people communicated was one of them. Their words were often the least informative. The vilest, bitterest, nastiest people often said nice things. But there was the sugar the words rode in on, or the little wink, or the insincere smile. Or the tense arm wrapped round the tense chest or legs, or the fingers intertwined tightly, white knuckled.” - p. 125

Aug 16, 2020

“I sometimes think we’re a rowboat society.”
“A what?”…
“A rowboat. It’s why we do things like that… It’s why Québec is so perfectly preserved. It’s why we’re all so fascinated with history. We’re in a rowboat. We move forward, but we’re always looking back.” - p. 108

PimaLib_SamR Feb 24, 2016

Control your thoughts and you can control your emotions.

Feb 15, 2011

<Ch5>...before computers, before information was "Googled" and "blogged." Before laptops and Blackberries and…tools that mistook information for knowledge… <Ch7>...skeletons...inside the stone walls...Quebec…built on bones and irony, the invading soldiers…part of the city's defenses. <Ch9>…Gamache saw…His history, flowing by...we're…fascinated with history. We're in a rowboat. We move forward, but we're always looking back. <Ch10>...Notre-Dame Basilica…wed, christened, chastised, guided and buried the highest officials and the lowest beggars. <Ch13>I've been a separatist all my life...Doesn't mean I don't love Canada. I do. Who couldn't love a country that allows such diversity of thought, of expression? But I want my own country. <Ch13>… an interesting English expression...To commit something to memory was to know it by heart. Memories were kept in the heart, not the head. At least, that's where the English kept their memories. <Ch23>Things are strongest when they're broken…


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Oct 22, 2011

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and some of the rest of his team are on leave and recovering from mental and physical wounds suffered in a previous operation. In the meantime, he is helping unofficially in an investigation that seems to revolve around the unknown burial place of Samuel de Champlain - apparently a spiritual icon for Quebec. Of course the story is politically correct but it is not entirely unbalanced. As usual with this author (and I like this), an emphasis is placed on the human condition. Don't worry Gamache fans, Three Pines and winter in Quebec are also featured in this story.

I liked it.


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