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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Louise Penny (P)2011 Hachette Digital

Critic Reviews

"Murder, an attractive detective, and terrific atmosphere . . . Impressive." ( The Times)
"Magic . . . an elegance and depth not often seen." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Ingenious." ( Guardian)
"Shudders and suspense . . . terrific." ( Time Out)

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Another great read

I love these Inspector Gamache books. They keep you guessing all the way. well written with characters who keep you wanting more

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  • KM
  • 04-02-2020

So confused

Three concurrent storylines was too much for me. Whilst I’ve loved Louise Penny’s previous books and subsequent books, I didn’t think this was her best with some explanations implausible. I still don’t understand what happened to Paul Moran... going online to google now

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Intriguing

Loved the way the loose ends were tied up & the stories intertwined. It made you listen & want to know more.

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three stories in one... fantastic

Loved every minute of this. Three stories in one. It has taken time for me to adjust to Adam Simms since the loss of Ralph Cosham but I quite like his performance now. The story was fantastic.

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  • Igor Hueb de Castro
  • 03-03-2019

Amazing Book

3 stories crammed in one book.
Amazing work by Louise Penny, possibly the best Gamache book yet.

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  • Danielle
  • 19-09-2011

Murder Mystery

This book left some questions unanswered until the end of the story. By doing this it keeps the reader engaged and guessing. I liked the setting of the story. The canadian content made the story more relavent to me. The author does a very good job of discribing the setting. You can feel the cold winter winds as you listen to it.

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  • Louise
  • 07-01-2019

French accent

Very good book with the three stories. However the pronunciation of French sometimes wrong. Augustin has no e at the end, with an e its a female name...the d in Armand is silent.

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  • Russ
  • 22-06-2018

An excellent addition to the series.

Although I generally don't enjoy stories being narrated in parallel, it works here. And the tying-together of previous plot points worked, as did (my take on) the hints of further developments. Highly recommended, and looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • D. Read
  • 14-11-2016

Mixing the past with the recent past and present

Would you consider the audio edition of Bury Your Dead to be better than the print version?

I prefer audio

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury Your Dead?

the final twists in an old case but the ongoing lead up to a terrible tragedy

What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?

Love Adam Sims just started a new book with a different speaker and he's not quite got what Sim's has

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Bringing the past to the present

Any additional comments?

love this book

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  • Lyn
  • 14-09-2015

Three stories in one

Best book of the series so far. Three mysteries in one book. Enjoyed every second

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  • Anniebligh
  • 27-05-2014

O My Gum shoes!


There is so much going for the series and after 4 books Louise really could have hit her stride.

It ia painfully repetitive.

A good editor would help..

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  • Qwerty1
  • 29-11-2012

Did not live up to expectations!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, considered several times deleting it, but ploughed on. Read great reviews, but this book had way too much going on for me to keep track of. Might be better if read. Way too many characters - 25 - 30 people, probably about 4 or 5 main characters. Too many irrelevant side stories. Too much Quebecois history shoved down your throat, and I've even been there, so probably a bit more appreciative than the average listener. The history would be more acceptable if you were say a high school student in Quebec, but it's local history, and not really something outsiders have more than a passing interest in. It's almost like the book had a political statement to make as well because many Quebecois people want independence from Canada, and this was very very evident in the book, to the point where it annoyed me.

What could Louise Penny have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut out all the irrelevant side stories, and instead of their being two murder cases plus the police situation at the beginning, which continually reappeared throughout the novel (and this to-ing and fro-ing time wise threw me out on a few occasions), just stick to one thread.
This should shorten it, which it desperately needed.

Have you listened to any of Adam Sims’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But he was excellent I thought, and did the accents well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, hardly made it through the book.

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Wish I hadn't bothered with it. Dragged on, and bored me for the most part.

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  • MRS
  • 17-09-2012

set in Quebec City

Where does Bury Your Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Around 5 on a scale of 10

Would you recommend Bury Your Dead to your friends? Why or why not?

Long on description, short on story

Which scene was your favorite?

All the scenes describing that yummy French food

If you could take any character from Bury Your Dead out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Gomanche of course so that I could eat -and drink- a fabulous meal

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Reminds us of the still simmering Anglo French attitudes

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  • Rhonda
  • 02-07-2012

Bravo Louise Penny!!!

Well Louise, you've done it again, and again, and again!!!!!!! There is nothing more enjoyable than picking up a novel written by this author and joining the team of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the delightful residents of "Three Pines". If you have not read any of her books, you are in for a treat!

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  • Nicola
  • 04-08-2021

Amazing.

This series is hands down the best I have ever read. The auditable narration by Adam Simms is also fantastic.

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  • susanne H
  • 08-03-2021

Three investigations in one book

I've enjoyed all the books so far in this series but this is my favourite.Three intertwined story threads each of them fascinating meant that I listened to this at every possible moment. There is a mix of location and time and a drawing together of past narratives, altogether great value

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  • Fee
  • 14-01-2021

6* book!

This was wonderful. So descriptive, atmospheric, sad and joyful. There are several threads running throughout. Just wonderful! Beautifully written and narrated as usual. I love how much the characters have developed through their cases, experiences and life. On to the next.

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  • Wedgewood
  • 18-12-2020

Sublime storytelling

This is book 6 of a series, so best not to start here, but as a lover of these wonderful stories this sophisticated triple tales approach had me gripped. I cried, laughed and sighed at each twist and turn. Characters that fill out a little in each book as other facets of them are revealed. The sidekick’s coming of age trajectory. The waspish eccentric poet (an unkind self parody perhaps). The people who are not all good or all bad, but human.
Thoroughly enjoyable - can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Clara B
  • 27-11-2020

Boring

Really struggling to get through this book. Finding it incredibly boring and am only perservering because I've enjoyed the previous books in the series. I'll try one more book in the series but if it's like this one I'll give up.

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  • kilshanny cottage
  • 21-11-2020

Spent most of this book in tears!

Rarely have I been lulled into lives so filled with laughter and joy, and admittedly the occasional murder, only to have the harsh reality of real life invade that world.
Ms. Penny just broke my heart!
But time, and tide, will heal it again.
I still want to live in Three Pines and have Gamache as a neighbour, along with Clara and even Ruth, but I need a breather after this volume, I guess I'm not as strong as I look..... Beautifully crafted Ms. Penny !

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  • Asisat L
  • 08-05-2020

For those familiar with the Series!

I had read some of the later books so started with the audio from the beginning...I loved this book as it drew all the pieces & strings together. It also moved at pace in step with the "mood" of Gamache & the incident. Well done & well metered.
Am not usually a fan of this narrator but this was his best so far, in that the accents were for the most part consistent & new for most new characters!
I just found this book so easy to listen too, I loved how it was littered with facts & histories... usually that much detail is used to describe all the cusine (lol) so it was refreshing & cute.
Louise Penny is such a great author and is back up close to her peak in this novel !
I didn't buy the Quebec murderer - it just didn't fit. And the 3 pines one, the back-story was a little loose.... But who cares - an easy & great listen!

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  • Emily Marshall
  • 15-03-2018

took a while to get into - but then i was hooked

I took a while to be gripped - but once I was I couldnt stop listening. it's my favourite Louise penny yet and the narrator didna fantastic job

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  • L
  • 13-06-2015

Um

Not sure what is happening to this series. I really enjoyed the first 4 books, but the last 2 have been a real let down. It was nice that some of the parts of the last book were wrapped up in this book, but really it should have been finished in the last story. It didn't really make sense to shift part of it over to this book and kind of felt like it was put in simply to bulk out the book. I'm also starting to become a little annoyed by the increasingly rampant racism towards anyone that isn't French Canadian.

A real shame as, like I said, the first few books were enjoyable, however based on the last 2 I will be thinking twice before buying any further titles in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-2015

Bury your dead

Wonderful story.
Loved the narrating and his lovely voice.
Now I'm going to read the next in line.

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