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Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  12,272 ratings  ·  1,483 reviews
As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the most unusual case of his career. A man has been murdered in a library where the English citizens safeguard their history. The death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries.
Paperback, 470 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2010)
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I seldom give five stars to a book and I'm delighted to do so with Bury Your Dead. I read this at the beginning of my Christmas holiday and it was a perfect book to pull me out of my work world into relaxation. I couldn't put it down.

It's actually about three crimes in one book: a terrorist plot barely averted, from which Chief Inspector Armande Gamache of the homicide division of the Surete du Quebec is recovering; a murder in a small tourist village by the Vermont border for which a greedy gay
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Dear Lousy Louise Penny,

You really know how to hurt a boy. You make, ex nihilo, people whose reality I completely buy into, whose very existence (in a well-ordered Universe) is simply necessary, and then you give them real, human flaws, and dreadfully painful pasts, and generally screw with my reality/fictionality compass.

And then you make them do yucky, tacky things. And even vile, evil ones. And somehow, throughout that process, you *don't* make me dislike them, or even judge them. You make me
Matthew Iden
May 12, 2012 Matthew Iden rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Frank Gallivan
Shelves: crime-fiction
Many readers have fallen in love with Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache books, especially Bury Your Dead, and it’s easy to see why. Her descriptions of place are gentle and thorough, lifting every cover and opening every cupboard of a setting until we feel that we’re strolling down the streets of Old Quebec or pushing our way through the waist-high snow of a Canadian village.

Her characters are also the beneficiaries of this intelligent and pleasant cataloging. We’re treated to wonderful physical
I was hoping to have discovered a "new" series to enjoy since this book is apparently the sixth Inspector Gamache adventure but sadly I was not that impressed. I enjoyed the tidbits of Quebec history and the descriptions of Old Quebec but the story itself lagged and finally just became uninteresting. It didn't help that there were three seperate plots to keep track of. Sometimes this kind of writing works but not in this case, it was just annoying, mainly because one or possibly two of the plot ...more
I'm really impressed with the intertwining of three mysteries in this latest Gamache mystery. The first is off-stage: who kidnapped Paul Morin, why, and what happened to Gamache and his team, told in flashbacks (on Gamache's part) and in narrative (from Jean-Guy). The second is Gamache's request that Jean-Guy unofficially reopen the case against Olivier (because, as Gabri keeps asking, "why would he have moved the body"?), flashing back to The Brutal Telling. And the third is Gamache helping (ag ...more
Anne Mowat
What Louise Penny does is create a small, intimate world, while creating a sense of place so pervasive you feel you know it. Canada is rarely featured in best-selling books, and to have it so celebrated is wonderful. It is Quebec, to be sure, but the Quebec of Anglo-culture, and so, it is the Canadian Quebec.

Most powerful, for me, is the way she builds quiet characters of amazing strength and depth. These are not cartoon-brilliant people. They are, for the most part, fully-fleshed out, but rath
This is one of my favorite series and I have read all of the books up until this one. As much as I have loved them all, this was my favorite by far. There is a restraint to this one, a simple, poignant elegance, a sadness and beauty which took my breath away. This story continues the themes of belonging and exclusion which were so present in The Brutal Telling and fleshes out some of the characters and plot points from that book. It also introduces themes of fault and forgiveness, of loss and ho ...more
This is quite a moving tale about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his struggle to come to terms with a horrific event for which he feels responsible. His need for healing, both mentally and physically, takes him to the home of his friend and mentor, Emile Comeau in Québec City. Gamache finds peace in a local English library, the Literary and Historical Society, where he digs into documents about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. He is pulled from this to become involved (reluctantly) in a ...more
Micheal Fraser
I always hate it when people ask you, who is your favorite author? How can you possibly do that? I could possibly tell you my favorite 10-20 authors if I can separate the dead from the living authors. But having said that, I will have to go out on a limb and say that after reading Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny may be my favorite mystery writer.

How psychologically astute yet how utterly satisfying a read! She paints her characters with a subtle yet very fine brush so that, for instance, a used boo
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Make sure to read this wonderful series in order! Start with "Still Life.''

Recommended by staffers Ellen J., Jo, Andrea, Connie and Jane.

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I've been gobbling up Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books over the past couple of weeks, and have been impressed with the growing complexity and the way each book builds on the previous one.

If this is your introduction to the series, please put it away and read one of the others first. Ideally start with Still Life, but at the very least, read The Brutal Telling, the plot of which plays a pivotal role in Bury Your Dead.

At the beginning of Bury Your Dead, Gamache has taken refuge with his old
So very well done! I could only gasp in surprise when the murderers were uncovered.

The author tracks two mysteries while a third event saps the emotions of the storytellers as they reflect on the outcome and the deaths of their fellow law enforcement officers. And, it's all flawlessly done.

One mystery revolves around the murder of an passionate amateur believed by many to be insane as he seeks the body of Champlain, father of Quebec. The other is the re-investigation of a murder for which a man
I just finished reading my Advance Reader's Edition of "Bury Your Dead" and I am in awe of how fabulous it is. I have read all of Louise Penny's books and loved every one, but this one is the best. It has so many stories going at the same time and they are all intriguing. I very much enjoy Louise's characters. They are so real and yet so quirky. I had intended to savor this book and read it slowly, but from page one a I hooked and I couldn't stop because I had to find out how all these stories w ...more
Kathy Davie
Sixth in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series and revolving around Armand Gamache and his team. The focus is on three separate events: a hostage event that turns disastrous, the murder of a passionate historian hunting for the truth of Samuel de Champlain, and the hunt for the real Hermit murderer.

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Whoa. This was intense and so very, very emotional. I so liked the potential of that kid. The conversation he had with Gamache as they talked to save his life broke my heart. He was
Unlike most of this series, while portions take place in Three Pines, much happens in Quebec. The book opens with Gamache dealing with the emotional and physical effects of having made a mistake. He also relents to consider that perhaps he and his team had made a mistake in the previous book, The Brutal Telling. Gamache deals with the former as well as a murder while in Quebec, recovering there with his mentor. The Three Pines’ case’s reconsidering falls to Beauvoir, Gamache’s right hand man who ...more
When I finished this amazing novel a little while ago, I found myself saying, "Wow!" out loud. It is not just the best mystery I'd read in quite a while but the best book of any genre. Starting with the novel Still Life, it was clear that Louise Penny is an author of exceptionally fine talent but as each new novel has unfolded, it appears she has further honed her craft. In this piece, she masterfully wove 3 story lines. There was no need for a stated timeline or other device, so clear and preci ...more
This book was sent to me as an ARC via Library Thing's Early Reviewers, and if I hadn't felt an obligation to review it, I might not have finished it. This was a difficult read for me for several reasons. First and foremost, it is the sixth book of the series and I didn't feel that Louise Penny made much of an attempt to engage first time readers with her characters. Of course it didn't help that there were three stories, two evolving concurrently, and the third, a case that keeps being relived, ...more
There is a very good reason this book is winning major awards left and right, it is next to "un-put-downable" as anything I have ever read. Unfortunately I have to work so I did have to put it down occasionally but I had a couple of very late nights because I didn't *want* to put it down.

Tension is already very high when the book opens. Chief Inspector Gamache and and Inspector Beauvoir are in the middle of a frantic operation and Gamache is talking to someone over his headphones. There is a flu
It definitely is a good idea to read the Inspector Gamache books in sequence, especially so with Bury Your Dead; don't even think of reading it without having read The Brutal Telling. And I'm sure it would have been a good idea to have read all of the Armand Gamache novels, just because of the development of the characters and story lines along the way. Three seemingly separate stories come spiraling together in the sixth novel - the author does a marvelous job of switching from one telling to t ...more
This is another book my wife checked out from the library and I stole from her--most of it I read during a long restless night when crises at work kept me too preoccupied to sleep until just before dawn. And she graciously let me finish it over the next weekend. She has read several installments in the series and loved them all. I liked aspects of it quite a lot, and it does have virtues to spare. So, I highly recommend it. But since I think it has at least two major weaknesses, I'd take away a ...more
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Not your standard murder mystery. In fact, hardly a murder mystery at all; at least the resolution of a case really doesn't seem to be the point. Penny is an excellent fiction writer who seems to use a murder as a device around which to explore various themes and characters and to tell a bigger story. In this novel, in fact, she tells not one but three stories, jumping from one to the other. She kept me engaged throughout.

I listened to the audio version which was narrated by the wonderful Ralp
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A literary murder mystery set in an icy winter in Canada's Old Quebec City. This story includes an exceedingly likeable and down to earth character - Inspector Armand Gamache.

About: Inspector Gamache is still healing from a traumatic event which has him reeling both physically and emotionally (a thread continued from Louise Penny’s previous book in the series – The Brutal Telling). Meanwhile he is inadvertently brought into a search resulting from a r
What more could you want in a great mystery book?

Short review: It's an incredible book and I am very lucky that I had access to an Advanced Reader's Copy. You, gentle reader, would enjoy it most if you read the first five books in the Three Pines mystery series as they all build in terms of character and story to make the experience far more rich and rewarding.

And a longer (if you wnat to keep reading) version: My love affair with the books of Louise Penny began two years ago when I read the fi
Of the 6 books to date, I enjoyed this one the most. The interweaving of the 4 mysteries (in 3 stories) was well-done and I never felt impatient about leaving one storyline for another. There was emotional weight that carried well, to the very end. That being said, this is not a suspenseful, on-the-edge-of-your-seat book, anymore than the previous books in the series. I tend to have more of a curiosity about where she will end up, rather than feeling any tension in the story. The mysteries thems ...more
I recently discovered Louise Penny when I found the Playaway audio of "A Fatal Grace" on the library shelf. After finishing it, I immediately put myself on hold for "Bury Your Dead", the 6th book in the series. Penny is an amazing writer. Her stories are thought provoking and intricately plotted. They are also filled with a wonderful sense of place and quirky characters in addition to the reappearing police force led by Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. I also enjoy her knack for dialog an ...more
Deborah Gray
I've become so sparing with my five star reviews. I take "amazing" seriously. It almost has to take my breath away with its unique voice and astounding story. This, the sixth in a series that for anyone else could easily become tired and formulaic, is a fantastic book and deserves 5 stars.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has gone to Quebec City to lay low for a while after a horrific ordeal where he was badly injured and some of his officers were killed. He is healing physically but still so psyc
Loved this book!! It is the sixth in the Inspector Gamache series, but only the second I have read. I am eager to read the ones I have missed.I appreciate the suspense and detail without the gore of most crime/mystery novels.
I did read the fifth book, A Brutal Telling. While I think you can read them on their own, I was glad to have read the previous book. Some of the story did carry over.
Bury Your Dead has several mysteries and storylines. There is a continuation to a mystery Gamache feels was
What I like about Louise Penny is that she is so thoughtful about her stories and characters. Her mysteries certainly aren't "thrillers" but rather slow unravelings of lives, motives and feelings. I really liked this book.

Favorite quotes:
"Did he seem better? Was he getting better? Emile thought so, but he also knew it was the internal injuries that did the most damage. The worst was always hidden." pg. 201 Emile about Gamache.

"He had a knack for annoying people, but you don't kill someone just b
Due to the nature of this mystery, it is difficult to say much about it without spoilers of some kind. However, I will try. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Quebec City recovering from injuries suffered in a case, that the reader learns about in ingeniously layered flashbacks, when a body turns up at the Literary and Historical Society library. The investigating officer recognizes Gamache and asks for his help. Meanwhile, Jean Guy Beauvoir has returned to the village of Three Pines to re-exa ...more
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Many of Louise Penny's books are published under different titles by UK/Canada and US publishers.
She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.

Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
o 2008 –
More about Louise Penny...
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1) A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2) The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5) A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4) A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)

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“It's a blessing Madame Gamache and I had at our wedding. It was read at the end of the ceremony.

Now you will feel no rain
For each of you will be shelter for the other
Now you will feel no cold
For each of you will be warmth for the other
Now there is no loneliness for you
Now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two persons, but there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon this earth.

(Apache Blessing)”
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