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Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  23,496 Ratings  ·  2,486 Reviews
It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not 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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Patricia Pryor He turned the wrong direction in the hallway. He should have gone toward the sun as Paul Moran had told him the sun was shining. Instead he turned…moreHe turned the wrong direction in the hallway. He should have gone toward the sun as Paul Moran had told him the sun was shining. Instead he turned toward the darkened door.
Sameera77 "Beyond Repair" is Marylyn Plessner's poem.
The poetry in Louise Penny's books comes mostly from Margaret Atwood's Morning in the Burned House and…more
"Beyond Repair" is Marylyn Plessner's poem.
The poetry in Louise Penny's books comes mostly from Margaret Atwood's Morning in the Burned House and Marylyn Plessner's self-published book

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Dec 20, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
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 Derus
Sep 08, 2010 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I forced myself to wait. It was difficult! Spacing the books in this series out made it so much more exciting.

The Brutal Telling and this book must be read together. Bury Your Dead completes the previous book in the series. What a conclusion!

Once again Louise Penny took us heart and soul into the lives of the many characters and history of Quebec. She made it impossible to read this book without getting heads over heels involved in the plot and story.

Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-c
Matthew Iden
May 12, 2012 Matthew Iden rated it liked it  ·  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
The Hook - When I read the sad news that Louise Penny’s husband Michael had passed away I felt a need to read the next book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series as a tribute to both she and the man she loved.
The following links lead to two of Louise Penny’s newsletters. Find the first from June 2014, which opens in pdf format and shares the crack” which appeared in she and Michael’s life. The second is from October 2016 that begins with the sad news of Michael’s passing. Penny’s newslet
Nov 12, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2015 Marita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You’d be surprised. Not everything buried is actually dead,” said the archeologist. “For many the past is alive.”

In this aptly named, complex Canadian cozy metaphorical ghosts and dead need to be buried as much as those physically dead. The personable Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir are recovering from both physical wounds and mental trauma sustained in a previous case that had gone wrong.

It is the sixth novel in the series, and Gamache assists in a case outside of his jurisdiction, whilst Beauv
Jun 28, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is my first ever Louise Penny and I wonder why it took me so long to discover her!

I loved the quiet progression of this novel, where so much happens so seemingly effortlessly.

Past and present collide in this novel, where Inspector Gamache must relive and come to terms with an investigation that went horribly wrong, leaving several of his team dead.

While on holiday in Quebec, and indulging his love of history at in the Literary and Historical Society, a body is discovered in the basement...
Micheal Fraser
Jun 05, 2010 Micheal Fraser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2013 ☮Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louise Penny never makes the murder mystery her only story line; the places and the characters and their relationships are typically front and center. Now this time Ms Penny decided to juggle 3-4 story lines at once, along with the usual characters plus some--and it worked so well. One of the balls in the air involves Gamache, of course, in Quebec City working on the murder of an archeologist who was obsessed with finding the burial site of their Canadian hero, Samuel Champlain. Beauvoir meanwhi ...more
Kathy Davie
Jul 21, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.

My Take
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
There’s a book publication called BookPage and we distribute it here at the library.
Louise Penny was the featured interviewee in the September 2015 issue. Of course, I grabbed a copy and brought it to Mom because I figured she’d want to read it, what with her love of of these Three Pines books.
Well. That was a mistake.
Mom did not enjoy the interview. She felt Penny came across as an elitist snob and was quite offended, so offended, in fact, she wrote a scathing response (in her head) to the inte
Jul 18, 2013 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 24, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-dunnit
Wow! Three Pines was beginning to become a bit complacent for me (aside from the murders), but this sixth book in the series was raw and heartbreaking. Penny did an excellent job of weaving the various stories throughout the plot line and giving the reader yet another facet of Quebec to feast our eyes (or ears if you're listening to the book) on.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the rest of the series for a while, but now I wish I'd kept the next book instead of returning it to the library
Feb 18, 2017 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The sixth installment of Louise Penny's Gamache series shows the lady stretching her writing chops. In previous novels, a linear storyline was followed, but here we have not one, not two, but three plotlines telling this latest story.

We have Gamache on retreat in Quebec City, where, you guessed it, a murder occurs and he is drawn into a case that surrounds the history of Samuel de Champlain (founder of the city) and the whereabouts of his burial site. We also have the plotline of just why Gamach
Aug 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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'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
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Mar 28, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5. Each book in this series keeps getting better!
First Sentence: Up the stairs they raced, taking them two at a time, trying to be as quiet as possible.

Inspector Armand Gramache’s last investigation ended very badly for himself and members of his team, including Jean Guy Beauvoir. Each day Armand receives a letter from Three Pines asking why Olivier would have moved the body of the man he has been convicted of killing. He asks Jean Guy to unofficially return to Three Pines and reinvestigate the case from the assumption of Olivier’s innocence.
Jun 18, 2016 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sixth volume in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache crime-fiction series and a companion to its predecessor, The Brutal Telling, this novel is in my opinion the finest of her books thus far. The plot is multiple.

Gamache is on recovery leave in Quebec City following a terrible incident between the two books, the successfully foiling of a potentially disastrous plot by terrorists during which official mistakes were made that resulted in the deaths of a number of his subordinates and the severe wo
Feb 07, 2012 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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 highly suggest reading this series in order, "to know the characters is to love them". In this addition to the series there are three different stories going on simultaneously.

While on leave in Quebec Chief Inspector Gamache, a highly renowned investigator with the Canadian police, is pulled in as a consultant to help solve a murder that can only be solved by uncovering lost historical information. The second of the three stories is uncovered throughout as Gamache and Jean Guy Beauvoir, his se
May 14, 2010 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2014 JoAnne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It took me forever to get through this book. I had figured out the mystery pretty early on who the Hermit was but not who killed him until almost the end. I kept getting confused with the style of how this book was written. I don't understand why the font was not different when Gamache was remembering what happened to Agent Morin. It was very confusing. I was also bored with the whole Samuel Champlain/Anglos vs. French story. It was too long.

Gamache was in Quebec to research an old battle betwee
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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 –
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2)
  • The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #3)
  • A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4)
  • The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)
  • A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
  • The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
  • How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
  • The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
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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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