Bury Your Dead by Louise PennyBury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Bury Your Dead

byLouise Penny

Mass Market Paperback | December 20, 2011

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As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city's oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries . . . a mystery Gamache must solve if he's to catch a present-day killer.

Steeped in luscious atmosphere, brimming with the suspense and wit that have earned Louise Penny a massive global following, Bury Your Dead is the most ingenious suspense novel of the year.
Louise Penny was born in Toronto, Canada in 1958. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in 1979. Before she turned to writing mystery novels in 2004, she was a journalist and radio host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in various cities across...
Title:Bury Your DeadFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.75 inPublished:December 20, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0751547506

ISBN - 13:9780751547504


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love Louise Penny and this book does not disappoint! Bury your Dead could be read as a stand alone book from her Gamache series even though he is in this book. A fascinating look at Canadian history! I hope she never stops writing!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bury your dead Her best so far...loved the history, couldn't put it down and loved the conclusion of the story line from the previous book.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 2nd favourite of the series I loved the setting of this book and continuation of turmoil spilling over from the previous book. I went back to re-read this book and the brutal telling. Love everything about this book, characters and the location!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it a lot! I've grown to love the atmosphere in Penny's books.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so excellent I really enjoyed this thriller. A real page turner
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Another page turner with setting in Quebec. Keeps you into the story to the end.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Curmudgeon at work I love Penny's Armand Gamache cozy small town mysteries where community, art, and small town politics comes into play.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! I love all of Louise Penny's work, but this one is particularly interesting, delving into some of Quebec's history as modern-day characters try to solve a mystery. It's a great read!#plumrewards
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great mystery Keeps you guessing until the very end. The storyline and characters never disappoint in the Chief Inspector Gamanche series.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book This series is addictive. Each book has a new mystery with some of the same characters. Reading these books is like visiting old friends. It is fun and it is comfortable.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I had a hard time putting the book down.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Love the characters, the mystery. Great read - keeps you on the side of your seat, you wants to keep reading to find out who did it! Very descriptive
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Mystery Typical mystery, very surprising ending.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The format of weaving three stories together was masterfully done. Definitely my favourite to date.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of her best I read this book shortly before a trip to Quebec City and it was fun tracking down the locales featured in the book. I am a fan of Louise Penny's books and the mythological village of Three Pines. She weaves the same characters throughout her books and if the reader does not read the books in chronological order, he will find some of the story lines confusing, as I did. When I finally bought the first novel, I was amazed at how tensions hinted at in it grew into murder or career limiting intrigue in later novels. There is excellent character development throughout the series and I grew to appreciate the individuals, warts and all. Also the purchaser should be careful because two of the books have been published with different titles in England and the USA and both are available on line from Chapters and Amazon.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bury Your Dead I have read several Louise Penny's novels now and have just finished Bury Your Dead.  All her novels are written with richness, respect, and the five senses, and Gamaches famous sayings.  This novel was crafted beautifully.  Beauvoir sent to 3 Pines albeit reluctantly.  Revealing slowly what is going on in 3 Pines to prove Olivier innocent.  The back to the murder in Quebec City where Gamache is uncovering truths and solving a murder.  Then again bravery, integrity and trust of solving Morin's abduction and preventing th loss of the Grande Dam.  All slowly lay out, played out righ to the very end.  I love Penny's novels but Bury Your Dead was the richest with 3 stories intertwined most delicately.  Penny's bet yet.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok, but I found parts confusing Inpsector Gamache is in Quebec City for a vacation. While there doing some research at the English-language Literary and Historical Society, a body is found partly buried in the basement. It is the body of a man who was fanatical about finding where the body of Quebec founder, Samuel de Champlain, was buried. I liked this main storyline, but there were two other storylines that had me confused, especially at first. In the book, Penny seemed to go back and forth between the three different storylines without any sort of transition. Would be reading about one storyline, then suddenly, am reading about a different one. It kept me quite confused at times. I also thought, at least initially, that both of these things had happened in the past - well, they had, but I thought they were just little remembrances of previous books, and I felt like I should have read the previous books before this one. I don't think they were, though. Really, I think this could (and should) have been divided into three separate books. I liked the main storyline, but being lost and confused during the others (and, although one of the others did get interesting, I really wasn't interested at all in the third storyline), I can't say I liked this book. I will consider it “ok”.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favorites I have read all of Louise's Armand Gamache series novels to this one - this is one of my favorites - I like the way she wove back and forth between the cases (past and present)...She's by far one of my favorite authors right now and I'm proud that she's from Canada! :)
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best piece. In short, this book was interesting, but it wasn't what I had expected. Louise Penny's books have always served to entertain me more than most other crime-fiction authors. But this book was not as entertaining. The plot is something new in the world of crime fiction, in my opinion. But throughout the book, there's dialogue about Gamache trying to save an explosion of a dam and Agent Morin. Although it seemed interesting, it nevertheless confused me greatly and I did not really understand the significance of the story until about the very end. Of course, Louise Penny is a great writer and her writing is always very illuminating and structured, but I didn't really like how many futile commas there were. Seriously.
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read I have read all of this series and enjoyed each book for the suspense. However I did find that there should be a disclaimer that you read A BrutalTelling first because of the references that keep bringing you back to that story.
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment 6th book the Chief Inspector Gamache series “Bury your Dead”, won numerous awards in Canada and other countries for being the “Best Crime Novel” in 2010 and consequently became profitable for everyone in the business. Browsing reviews from different sites before I finalized my thoughts, I discovered most readers’ qualified it as extraordinary; the best in the series….seems I am one of the few to question this assessment.…OMG did I dislike one of Louise Penny’s cosy novels? What did I miss? I agree with those saying that Louise Penny ran out of ideas in this one, after creating so much murder and suspense in Three Pines she seems to have lost focus and direction in this one. The action moves to Québec City, dead of winter, Carnival time, where we learn the loveable Inspector has suffered a traumatic event. Initially I wondered, did I miss something, where, when and how did this event happen? This latest instalment is a rather quiet introspective story that intertwines three plots: 1) Inspector Gamache while in recovery mode decides to spend some time with his mentor in Québec City and rehash some of his memories that still haunt him and try to tie up some loose ends. While there, he stumbles upon the Lit& His Library/Museum at the time when a body is discovered in the basement. Naturally our Québec “Columbo” takes the reins of the investigation, an investigation that brushes the delicate aspects of history between the French and Anglo communities. 2) While in flashback mode Gamache rehashes the events of a deadly police investigation that went terribly wrong. A deadly raid that always comes back to haunt him. 3) Another case that has also haunted him over time is brought to the forefront. He was never happy with the outcome and asks Jean Guy Beauvoir to revisit the case with the hope of answering some of his unanswered questions. It is a step back in time covering the events in the novel “The Brutal Telling” The author hopscotches her way between plots that are not linked in an awkward manner making it very hard to follow, even with a full background of the previous novels, I found it a challenge. MS. Penny passion for Québec can be overwhelming at times, French terms and expression add atmosphere to the prose but may not have full effect if not understood. Gamache wandering the cobble stone streets of the Old City munching a baguette or a croissant spells tourist rather than a native of the province in my books….The pacing pussyfoots all through the story, the only serious action surfaces in the last pages with Gamache’s step by step recount of the botched investigation. This was a tedious read, a disappointment. ….I preferred when Inspector Gamache focused on one case at a time.
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read Louise Penny's novels just keep getting better. The characters are rich, the sense of place vivid, the prose strong, and the plots intricate. There are laughs despite the seriousness of a murder mystery. Plus literary and cultural references for those in the know, and those of us who don't know don't feel left out. This is a series to read in order or you'll find spoilers, and to read the whole series is no chore although I could have done without the profanity. I'm very fond of the characters and want to see what happens next.
Date published: 2011-07-04