Bury your Dead

Bury your Dead

Book - 2010
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As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the most unusual 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 apprehend a present-day killer.
Publisher: London : Sphere, c2010.
ISBN: 9781847444370
Characteristics: ix, 371 p. ;,25 cm.


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This sixth entry in Agatha and Anthony award-winning author Penny's Armand Gamache series is among the best. This time, the chief inspector is in Quebec City recovering from a recent traumatic incident when he becomes involved in a murder. The familiar setting of Three Pines is still featured, ho... Read More »

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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.

Aug 09, 2017

Just as well written as the previous books in the Three Pines series, this one is a little more dis-jointed, having three stories to tell, and maybe one too many (the episiode that haunts Gamache throughout this book.) Lots of interesting stuff about early history of Quebec City where Gamache is visiting a former mentor, and also a look back into the crime in Three Pines featured in Book 5.

Jul 02, 2017

I have read all of her books in order so far. They are all amazing but I have to say this one is the best of all. I still think about the plot and characters, months after finishing the book.

rb3221 May 24, 2017

What a complicated yet exciting and engaging story line. There are layers of mystery, tension and further character development, mainly of Gamache and Beauvoir. The running story of the terrorist plot barely averted told in a series of flashbacks is terrific as is the new evidence of the Olivier case from A Brutal Telling. A further story revolves around a murder in the hunt for Samuel de Champlain's body in Quebec City.
These three plots are occasionally a bit fractured but none the less, Penny makes it work and this is my favorite thus far and highly recommended.

Dec 14, 2016

Wonderfully moving, especially toward the end. I loved this book.

Nov 28, 2016

Amazing book, the best in the series so far.

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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.

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