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by Louise Penny

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Title:Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels)
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:Minotaur Books (2010), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (2010)

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The Chief Inspector Gamache books just keep getting better! Each leaves some unanswered questions for the next to build on. I never knew anything about Quebec history, and this book is full of it. Great read! ( )
  poolays | Aug 22, 2015 |
received a copy of Bury Your Dead from the Goodreads Giveaway. This book is part of a series about Canadian Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. While others have recommended that you read the series in order, I don't feel that this is necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and did not feel I was missing out on anything by not having read the earlier novels. Apparently Bury Your Dead picks up where the previous book left off. Gamache is staying at the Quebec home of his mentor while recovering from the physical and emotional wounds he suffered when a kidnapping/terrorist situation resulted in the loss of four of his men and the wounding of others. He is asked to consult when a man determined to uncover Samuel Champlain's burial site is murdered in the basement of the Literature and History society. As he works to solve the murder mystery he relives the hostage situation and the choices he made. He questions a choice he made in a previous murder case as well and sends his 2nd in command, Beauvoir, to investigate. Beauvoir is also recovering from wounds sustained in the kidnapping situation and like Gamache is reliving that day's events. Louise Penny does a wonderful job of weaving the mysteries together. This is not a sitting on the edge of seat type of drama but yet it is a difficult book to put down. Rich in character development and description, Louise Penny also weaves in Canadian history and touches on the friction between the English and French in Quebec. I will definitely be reading more of Louise Penny's books! ( )
  kremsa | Jul 22, 2015 |
Following an on-the-job tragedy, Armand Gamache is tending his troubled soul on leave of absence in Quebec City, where he's drawn into a murder investigation, while Jean Guy Beauvoir is on unofficial business in Three Pines, where the Olivier situation seems anything but settled. (While in a pinch the books in this series can stand alone, they're certainly meant to be read in order.)

A different pace to this one, an armchair-detective feel, with lots of historical digging, Olivier's case revisited, and the event Gamache and Beauvoir are recovering from told in flashback. ( )
  beaujoe | Jun 6, 2015 |
One of the best in the series. Gemache is haunted by the death of Morin -- he thinks it's his fault. Beauvoir, also wounded, goes back to Three Pines to prove Olivier's innocent of killing the hermit. Three plot tracks. As always, emotionally packed, nless a mystery than a process of healing. Leisurely pacing. Moving and interesting ( )
1 vote jenzbaker | Jan 23, 2015 |
Although Louise Penny was a great radio host she is an even better mystery writer and I’m glad she switched occupations. I think each Inspector Gamache mystery gets better. This is the sixth in the series and the fifth I have read this year. I’m trying to get caught up so that I can read #11 when it comes out in paperback.
In the last book, The Brutal Telling, charming bistro owner and antiques dealer in Three Pines, Olivier, was convicted of the murder of a man known only as The Hermit. Inspector Gamache and his team carefully examined the evidence and, although it pained him to accuse a friend, Gamache felt the evidence against Olivier was overwhelming. The jury agreed and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. But Olivier’s partner, Gabri, did not believe it and he sent daily letters to Gamache asking him to reconsider. In the meantime Gamache has experienced the trauma of being shot and having members of his team killed in a terrorist plot. Gamache is recovering physically but he is fragile mentally. So he has travelled to Quebec City in February (during Carnaval) to visit his mentor, Emile Comeau, and apply his brain to a centuries-old mystery. The Anglophone Literary and Historical Society Library (the Lit and His as it is referred to) holds hundreds of old English books and Gamache is hoping there will be some evidence to prove that Captain Cook and Captain Bougainville conspired before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to have the English triumph. One day when he reaches the library he finds police cars surrounding the place. Although he has no jurisdiction in Quebec City the attending detective asks him to help in a murder case. Augustin Renaud was a man with a monomania for finding the final resting place of Samuel de Champlain. He had tried to dig all over the old city but had never found the body of the man who was the first Governor of Quebec. Just a day before his death he had asked to speak to the board of the Lit and His but they had refused, afraid of the attention this kook could bring to their society.
Gamache decides to help the Quebec City police with their enquiries. He also decides to send his second in command, Jean-Louis Beauvoir, to Three Pines to discreetly re-examine the case against Olivier. Beauvoir was also injured in the same attack that almost killed Gamache and is still on leave. He is more than happy to get out of his house and do the Chief Inspector a favour although he believes Olivier is guilty.
As both men pursue their separate investigations they recall the events that led up to their injuries and we learn the horrific details. We also delve into the historical events surrounding Samuel de Champlain’s death and burial about which surprisingly little is known. It is a fact that his burial place is not known and Penny uses this to great effect.
Both Gamache and Beauvoir are successful in solving their mysteries and they both seem to have found some peace from their memories. I’m sure the next book will see both of them back at their workplace ready to work on new homicides. ( )
  gypsysmom | Nov 7, 2014 |
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[T]his is brilliantly provocative and will appeal to fans of literary fiction, as well as to mystery lovers.
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Starred Review. At the start of Agatha-winner Penny's moving and powerful sixth Chief Insp. Armand Gamache mystery (after 2009's The Brutal Telling), Gamache is recovering from a physical and emotional trauma, the exact nature of which isn't immediately disclosed, in Québec City. When the body of Augustin Renaud, an eccentric who'd spent his life searching for the burial site of Samuel de Champlain, Québec's founder, turns up in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society, Gamache reluctantly gets involved in the murder inquiry. Meanwhile, Gamache dispatches his longtime colleague, Insp. Jean Guy Beauvoir, to the quiet town of Three Pines to revisit the case supposedly resolved at the end of the previous book. 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. 100,000 first printing.
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It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief inspector Armand Gamache has not come 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 Québec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred 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-smouldering 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 a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.
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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, Chief Inspector 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.… (more)

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