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Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache… (original 2010; edition 2010)

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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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 |
Wow! Louise Penny simply outdoes herself in this mystery! Her series has been slowly building and whereas the first were quaint and charming, this book culminates in a savvy weaving of stories, histories and political agendas. All this without ever being confusing, maudlin or strident.

Penny looks at the place of Anglophones in the heart of Québec, not welcomed but tolerated as a linguistic group carrying a heavy past of political loss in a greater context of historical wins. She hints at the separatist movement, at the infringement of linguistic rights, at the survival of a people. At the heart of this polemic is the great Samuel de Champlain and his role as a nationalist figure. It's a wonderful historical mystery.

More than that, she is able to bring in a previous, suddenly unresolved mystery. Reading A Brutal Telling is key to understanding this thread. Could the great Gamache have made a mistake in judgement? Gamache's human frailty is further questioned in an affair that readers have not yet discovered but which is revealed throughout the novel. Never, as a readership, could we have guessed Gamache to be involved in such a violent and complicated case, one of terrorism rooted in our very soil and - again - history, but this time with our Native people.

I simply couldn't put the book down and I marvel at the mastery with which Penny pulled all of this together. On to the next! ( )
  Cecilturtle | Nov 2, 2014 |
A little too haunting for me; it might be 5 stars on pure technique, but 4 as a fit for me. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Be sure to read the previous book, "The Brutal Telling", first! This 6th Inspector Gamache tells three separate stories intertwined, one of which is the continuation/conclusion of The Brutal Telling. Each of these 3 stories has the common theme of questioning how tightly should we hold on to the past -- too little and we don't learn from our mistakes, too much and we can't change and grow... ( )
1 vote leslie.98 | Jul 4, 2014 |
This book continues the chronicles and cases of Armand Gamache and his team. The opening is very different from most of the Gamache books and I had a bit more difficulty "getting into it" compared with earlier books. That was becasue of my expectation of how Gamache books open, and no discredit to the writing. It is a wonderful book. It must be read following "The Brutal Telling" in order for some of it to make sense. It's not really dependent on the previous book, but much of the subplot is aided by knowledge of that previous case.

Gamache and his second in command, Beauvoir are both on medical leave because of serious injuries received during a major case. During their recoveries various things lead them both to investigating different cases while off duty, and the cause of their injuries is also revealed. Gamache, while visiting his mentor in Quebec City is asked to assist with the murder of a Champlain grave hunter, whose body is found int he basement of the English Literary and Historical Society. Any arrest could result in social upheaval.

At the same time Gamache begins to question whether or not he had made mistakes in a previous case in the little village of Three Pines. He calls Bauvoir and asks him to investigate the case from a different perspective. Beauvoir agrees and in the process is given the opportunity to confront some of his own demons.

As with most mysteries--too much information can spoil the ending--so I shall leave it there. It is a book worth reading, in the right order. ( )
  M.J.Perry | Jun 27, 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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