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Bury Your Dead

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  56,078 ratings  ·  5,386 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

Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published September 28th 2010)
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Kim NO! At least read #5, The Brutal Telling, first. But it's best to start with #1 and go in order.…moreNO! At least read #5, The Brutal Telling, first. But it's best to start with #1 and go in order.(less)
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Mary Beth
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just love this series. This is the sixth book in the Armand Gamache Series. I love the characters and love Three Pines. The characters have become my friends. They are so real and yet so quirky. I remember when I first started the series I thought that I would never remember all of their names because there seemed to be so many people, but now I can easily recall each person. And of course, the continuity is always provided by Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, who is a central character in each ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canada
As I said it before, Inspector Gamache series is my favorite of the mystery genre and this 6th installment did not disappoint. If anything, the books are getting better and better. Again, I have to underline that this series should be read in order for a better understanding of the characters the plot. This one is especially connected with the one before it.

SPOILERS about the previous book ahead

This novel has three connecting plots, there are three mysteries to uncover, one by Gamache, one by I
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Another excellent encounter with Inspector Gamache.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number six in this series which keeps getting better and better!
Bury Your Dead takes place six months after The Brutal Telling and one of our Three Pines characters is languishing in gaol convicted of murder. A lot has happened to Gamache and his team in that six months including major injuries and deaths. all of which is revealed slowly as the book progresses.
Two mysteries run parallel in this book. Gamache is in Quebec recovering emotionally as well as physically from the earlier traumatic eve
Dec 20, 2011 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 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
Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge

3.5 stars

In this sixth book in the 'Chief Inspector Armand Gamache' series, the Chief Inspector of the Sureté de Québec and his associate, Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir, are recovering from severe injuries incurred during a recent police action. While they're regaining their strength Gamache looks into a murder in Québec City and Beauvoir investigates a case in Three Pines. The book provides enough background to be read as a standalone.


To get a bit of rest, Gamache is visiting his mentor in
Matthew Iden
May 12, 2012 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
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Marty Fried
Shelves: audiobook
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must wrestle with the core of his being in this next novel of Louise Penny’s ongoing series. The piece opens with Gamache in Quebec City, ready to enjoy a winter carnival. He’s on leave, as is the rest of his Sûreté du Québec Homicide squad, after a brutal terror attack left many dead. While taking the time to hone his knowledge of Quebec history, the murder of local amateur archeologist, Augustin Renaud, creates quite the buzz. Found at the Literary and Historical ...more
“Chief Inspector Gamache knew that most killers didn’t consider their act a crime. They’d somehow convinced themselves the victim had to die, had brought it on themselves, deserved to die. It was a private execution.”

This is the sixth in the series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, and it is a follow-up to the previous book, The Brutal Telling. There are three threads to follow. First, Gamache is recovering from trauma. Second, Gamache is being pestered about t
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
What a heartbreaking, amazing episode! Bury Your Dead is the 6th in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series and is closely linked with the previous book, The Brutal Telling. This is a series that benefits reading it in order, but most definitely #5 then #6 or the context will be completely lost. The events which have occurred since the ending of The Brutal Telling had devastating consequences, which were slowly revealed through Bury Your Dead. With Armand in Quebec City recuperating, he was dr ...more
This installment in the Armand Gamache series includes FOUR mysteries in one:
- who really killed the man in the woods in the town of Three Pines?
- who killed an amateur archaeologist in Quebec?
- where is Quebec's founder, Samuel de Champlain, buried?
- what happened recently to Armand Gamache and his team, resulting in their injuries and PTSD?

These four storylines are seamlessly interwoven, taking this series from it's 'cozy' feel to something with just a bit more bite while still maintaining it'
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and crime series lovers
One of the finest of the series I have read to-date. Penny has 3 plots going in this one which makes it very interesting and more complex which I enjoyed. One reopened case is in Three Pines with Gamache's 2nd in command, another in Montreal which delves into French Canadian history, and another case set in the not too long ago past which shows us another side of the kind and thoughtful Chief Inspector Gamache.

A terrific book and a favorite.
5 out of 5 stars.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volume #5 sparks a profound series twist, that continues in “Bury Your Dead”, 2010. Read it first. It so complexly connects several storylines, I hesitated to do it justice. I looked forward to this mystery above all others, because it spins an old one: locating historical figure, Samuel De Champlain! I love puzzles. Like most authors, Louise added a modern case I would normally call superfluous; except that the flavour of a bizarre Canadian city which cemented everything, was uniquely enthralli ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Not everything buried is actually dead. For many, the past is alive.”

4.5 Stars

This is actually 3 different stories. It starts with a police action that goes horribly wrong. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his lieutenant, Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir, are severely injured. Several other Surêté officers are killed and injured. Both Gamache and Beauvoir are on medical leave as they recover. Armand Gamache is in Québec City visiting an old friend and mentor and spending his days in the sanctuary
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...
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
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the pristine white snow covers the village of Three Pines and Quebec City, my reading palette is cleansed, too. No more dark thoughts of unresolved human issues or political turmoil. I am covered in a cool, white enveloping blanket.

Although my friends in Three Pines are visited again in this book by Louise Penny, the action takes place mainly in Quebec City during winter Carnival. A foot or so of snow frequently transforms this northern city in the magic of winter (much nicer to read about th
Nov 12, 2010 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
Kylie H
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, crime
Once again Louise Penny has delivered a story that has set me off on a rollercoaster of emotions. In this story we have Gamache in Quebec recovering from a trauma, having lead his team into a shoot out and suffering casualties. After finding solitude in a hidden away English Lit and Historical library, there is a murder there that soon ropes him in to another investigation.
While this is happening Jean-Guy is dispatched to Three Pines to further investigate the murder of the Hermit from the previ
Lewis Weinstein
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another superb Chief Inspector Gamache story ... actually three stories blended with exquisite control in Penny's hands. One part concerns a murder in Quebec City, with enough local color to make me want to visit the city again. A second part re-investigates a murder from a previous novel, one whose conclusion was not quite satisfactory. (I wonder if Penney always intended to change that ending or did so after getting feedback from readers. In either case, a chance for Gamache to worry about a p ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
     Firstly, reading the prior book "The Brutal Telling" is required, as a large plot line here is a follow-up of a murder investigation that occurred in "The Brutal Telling." So, you will definitely be lost if you haven't read these two in order.
     3 to 4 story lines are juggled here, making this one the most complicated and intricate plots of this series so far. I felt one of the plot lines got bogged down in Quebec history lessons that slowed down the pacing, but I enjoyed it overall. In
Dave Schaafsma
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
If The Brutal Telling, #5, is the best of the first five books in the series, Bury the Dead, #6, essentially The Brutal Telling, Book II, is even better, with layers of complexity you just don’t see in the first four (but also fine, well-written) books, with multiple plot lines and political exploration she didn’t really attempt in the earlier books. First, spurred by Gabri’s insistent questioning, Gamache (on leave to heal from his emotional and physical wounds from the last book) reopens the i ...more
May 26, 2012 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, notwithstanding the fact that most the central characters are Québécois.

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
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 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the setting of Three Pines and the characters I revisit with each book.
However, this instalment in the series wove together 3 investigations, shifting back and forth, which made it confusing.
Most loved it.
Did I miss something?
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Man oh man do I love this series. Was this one the best yet? Yes. But I say that every time. It took me all month to read, but I'm not even sorry about it. I like to spend my time with Inspector Gamache. I wish he were real. ...more
Jun 28, 2010 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
Alex Cantone
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-2018
For (archeologists and historians) the past was as alive as the present. And while forgetting the past might condemn people to repeat it, remembering it too vividly condemned them never to leave...

Chief Inspecteur Armand Gamache and his German Shepherd, Henri, are in Québec City, at the height of winter and the Carnaval Festival, as guests of his mentor, Émile Comeau. Months earlier 4 Sûreté agents lost their lives thwarting a terrorist plot against the dam, and both Gamache and Inspecteur Jean
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LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of ...more

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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.
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To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon this earth.

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