Book Review: Bury Your Dead

BuryYourDeadAuthor: Louise Penny

Publisher:  Minoteur Books, 2010

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: A

Bury Your Dead is the most ambitious mystery novel I have ever read. I don’t know how Louise Penny does it but, she managed to weave together three – yes three – separate plots together in one book. This author is truly amazing and deserves all the praise and awards she has received.

Here are the three plots:

1) Something horrible, something violent happened on an assignment the Chief Inspector, Armand Gamache, lead. As this storyline gradually is revealed the reader realizes the Chief Inspector is grieving for the police officers who died. The reader must keep reading to find out what really happened.

2) While the Chief Inspector is on leave after the mysterious violent incident, he is in Quebec City to recuperate and visit with his former mentor. While there a murder is committed in an old library in the English section. Armand Gamache is asked to consult with the local police.

3) In the previous novel of this series, The Brutal Telling, Gamache arrested one of his friends in Three Pines for the murder of the “Hermit.” The man is now in prison but Gamacche is having second thoughts. He sends his second-in-command, Guy Beauvoir, to quietly dig into the case. again.

I was completely absorbed in all three plots. They flowed back and forth naturally. I would suggest that you read The Brutal Telling before reading this one. It could be read alone but, I think it makes more sense if read in order. The only [minor] complaint I had while reading had to do with all the history of Quebec. Although it was interesting and part of plot number 2) above, there were a couple of times when I said, “Enough!”

Bury Your Dead is the sixth book in this series. I’m grateful to everyone who recommended Louise Penny’s books. I’ve had loads of good reading with them. I have two more to read before her newest book comes out in August. If you only have time to read one mystery series this year, make it the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny.

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