Bury Your Dead

Bury Your Dead

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"Few writers in any genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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 of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. "It doesn't make sense," Olivier's partner writes every day. "He didn't do it, you know."

As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.

ISBN: 9780312626907
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Penny / Bury your dead

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 09, 2017

Just as well written as the previous books in the Three Pines series, this one is a little more dis-jointed, having three stories to tell, and maybe one too many (the episiode that haunts Gamache throughout this book.) Lots of interesting stuff about early history of Quebec City where Gamache is visiting a former mentor, and also a look back into the crime in Three Pines featured in Book 5.

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tooka
Jul 02, 2017

I have read all of her books in order so far. They are all amazing but I have to say this one is the best of all. I still think about the plot and characters, months after finishing the book.

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rb3221
May 24, 2017

What a complicated yet exciting and engaging story line. There are layers of mystery, tension and further character development, mainly of Gamache and Beauvoir. The running story of the terrorist plot barely averted told in a series of flashbacks is terrific as is the new evidence of the Olivier case from A Brutal Telling. A further story revolves around a murder in the hunt for Samuel de Champlain's body in Quebec City.
These three plots are occasionally a bit fractured but none the less, Penny makes it work and this is my favorite thus far and highly recommended.

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Karen500
Feb 15, 2017

This was my introduction to the whole series. I fell in love again with Quebec City, learned about the English history still IN Quebec and of course Armand. Penny nicely weaves together Armand's personal turmoil with his historical curiosity about Champlain and solving the actual crime. A very pleasurable read.

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altybiz
Dec 14, 2016

Wonderfully moving, especially toward the end. I loved this book.

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sandra80
Nov 28, 2016

Amazing book, the best in the series so far.

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boogwoman
Aug 24, 2016

I read this book without knowing about the rest of the series and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sense of place, history, personal deep emotions, intrigue

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vip37
Apr 15, 2016

This series of books is best read in order. Plotting is much improved from previous books. Annoying that she uses the term "could care less" when she means "couldn't care less", especially when the French mispronunciations are so acute and comical. Perhaps it was the editor.

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unexpressed
Dec 11, 2015

I continue to delight in this series! Our hero Armand Gamache is having a hard time of it, going thru a dark night of the soul. Will hearing that
"the English are good pumpkins", and that indeed "the night is a strawberry" be enough to save him? Sorry, no spoilers here.

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29VC
Aug 17, 2015

Best book in the series so far.

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PimaLib_SamR Feb 24, 2016

Control your thoughts and you can control your emotions.

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MeReneG
Feb 15, 2011

<Ch5>...before computers, before information was "Googled" and "blogged." Before laptops and Blackberries and…tools that mistook information for knowledge… <Ch7>...skeletons...inside the stone walls...Quebec…built on bones and irony, the invading soldiers…part of the city's defenses. <Ch9>…Gamache saw…His history, flowing by...we're…fascinated with history. We're in a rowboat. We move forward, but we're always looking back. <Ch10>...Notre-Dame Basilica…wed, christened, chastised, guided and buried the highest officials and the lowest beggars. <Ch13>I've been a separatist all my life...Doesn't mean I don't love Canada. I do. Who couldn't love a country that allows such diversity of thought, of expression? But I want my own country. <Ch13>… an interesting English expression...To commit something to memory was to know it by heart. Memories were kept in the heart, not the head. At least, that's where the English kept their memories. <Ch23>Things are strongest when they're broken…

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jhmcdee
Oct 22, 2011

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and some of the rest of his team are on leave and recovering from mental and physical wounds suffered in a previous operation. In the meantime, he is helping unofficially in an investigation that seems to revolve around the unknown burial place of Samuel de Champlain - apparently a spiritual icon for Quebec. Of course the story is politically correct but it is not entirely unbalanced. As usual with this author (and I like this), an emphasis is placed on the human condition. Don't worry Gamache fans, Three Pines and winter in Quebec are also featured in this story.

I liked it.

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