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Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels)

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Louise Penny

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 … see full wiki

Author: Louise Penny
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Date Published: 09-28-2010
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"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise...where to plant vines.' Wright

  • Dec 24, 2010
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is recovering from injuries in a prior case, the specifics are not fully described as the story begins. He's currently spending time in Quebec City, where he's doing research at one of his favorite spots, the Literary and Historical Society.

As he walks his dog and approaches the society on a frigid winter morning, he finds police investigating the murder of a person he'd learn was Augustin Renaud. He learns that Renaud has, for years, spent most of his time looking for the burial spot of Quebec's founder, Champlain.

Gamache is asked to help in the investigation and prevent possible tensions arising between the French and English speaking communities.

At the same time, he's getting messages from the community of Three Pines where he helped prove that his friend Oliver, was guilty of murder. Oliver's partner doesn't believe that Oliver is guilty and Gamache sends Jean-Guy Beauvoir to reconstruct the murder investigation to see what he finds.

As the story continues, Gamache has flashbacks to his case that went wrong. One of his men was abducted and there were questions on who was responsible and what their true intentions were. This portion of the novel was somewhat confusing because there is no delineation between the other parts of the story and if the reader isn't careful, they can miss that Gamache is now thinking of past event.

Louise Penny is a multiple award winning author and great talent. In this work she has written a literary novel with a unique plot.  Her characters stand out in their actions, thoughts and beliefs. Gamache is the modern Hercule Poirot, he's brave, wise, an excellent interrogator and a born leader.

Readers will enjoy this story that intermingles the history of Quebec within the novel's action.

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January 15, 2011
I just read this book, and I second cpw's comments. Although this novel can be read as a stand-alone, reading a few prior mysteries in the series would definitely compound the pleasure. As usual, I enjoyed the historical facts that Penny includes -- this time about Champlain. Now I need to read a biography/history of Champlain to confirm the facts since Penny is clear that she in her Preface that she has "taken liberties" with the story. The other comment about this novel: The ending of Penny's previous novel Brutal Telling, which is the background for part of this book, is basically reinvestigated and rewritten. I wonder if Penny didn't like the ending for Brutal Telling and decided to change it?
December 24, 2010
Since you and Paul both recommend this series, I may just have to try it! Thanks!
December 24, 2010
STILL LIFE is the first novel in the series. Be sure to start there, Linda. You might enjoy checking out my recent review as well http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview...ian_mystery_brava_.html
December 24, 2010
Nice review, Mike. I'm just getting started on this series and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
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