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Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

October 11th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Minotaur Books

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to celebrate but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the seemingly peaceful Literary and Historical Society–where an obsessive historian’s search for the missing remains of the founder of Quebec ends bizarrely in murder. Injured himself and in need of rest, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French.

Meanwhile, he receives letter after letter 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.“ Despite the overwhelming case against Olivier, Gamache sends his deputy back to Three Pines to make sure that nothing was overlooked.

Through it all, in his painstaking quest for justice, Gamache must relive the terrible events that killed one of his men before he can begin to bury his dead.

This book definitely creeps up on you.  Initially I just could not get into it and it was so slow moving but I cannot pin point when it reeled me in and I did not want to stop reading. There are three story lines you are following through out the book.  The first is about a mission to rescue one of Gamache’s men gone wrong.  It starts off showing how traumatized Gamache and his inspector Beauvoir were after an attempt to rescue one of their agents ends in the death of several fellow agents.  You get bits and pieces through out the book of what happened.

The second story line involves Gamache who while on leave after the kidnapping incident he gets roped into a murder investigation of a fanatic researcher who was determined to find the body of Champlain, who is regarded as the founder of Quebec.  The third story line follows Inspector Beauvoir as he revisits a murder case in Three Pines after Gamache harbors doubts that they arrested the wrong man.

Like I mention above the stories were very slow moving but you begin to get drawn into the history of Gamache’s case and the cast of characters Beauvoir has to deal with was fascinating.  I’ll admit wanting to find out what went wrong with the agent kidnapping case was the one that kept me hooked until the end of the book.  You get glimpses of the life of the kidnapped agent and watch how the final hours of his life played out.  It breaks your heart but you cannot stop reading.

The ending was a surprise although somewhat unbelievable.  This isn’t one of those keep you on the edge of your seat mysteries but it was cleverly written.

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