Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny

Bury Your Dead

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2011-08-02
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 1,114 Ratings


Bury Your Dead is a novel about life and death—and all the mystery that remains—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is on break from duty in Three Pines to attend the famed Winter Carnival up north. He has arrived in this beautiful, freezing city not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. Still, violent death is inescapable—even here, in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society, where one obsessive academic’s quest for answers will lead Gamache down a dark path. . .

Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disturbing news from his hometown village. Beloved bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder but everyone—including Gamache—believes that he is innocent. Who is behind this sinister plot? Now it’s up to Gamache to solve this killer case. . .and relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.

“Few writers in any genre can match Penny’s ability to combine heartbreak and hope.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • Bury your dead

    By trying one more time🙄
    Loved this one!! Laughter, pain and all woven together so well🥰
  • Bury your dead

    By Ginkgo Gal
    Only read a third ...bored. Not the usual LP mystery.
  • Poor treatment of main plot points

    By LT15010
    The angst of the warehouse attack for Gamache is a main theme you live thru with him (and Beauvias) for the entire book but in the last few pages when the attack is revealed, the chronology is confusing leading you to ask (spoiler alert here) how can they be doing that if he was already shot? So I had to go back thru the book and piece together how/why the timeline details had been presented and it was still confusing. Also was disappointed there was not more "meat" on the explanation around Old's father's death. Except for this book I have thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series I have read.
  • Not enough stars

    By Blumama25
    Once again, Louise Penny has written a mystery that goes far beyond its genre.
  • Inspired and Insightful

    By meena meena
    I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, all of Ms. Penny's novels but this one is such a special creation. In the most subtle and graceful of ways she explores the long journey that is grief, the great burden that is surviving when others don't, and the miracle of loved ones who give us time to find a way through. The characters, as ever, are rich and relatable- so human. The story line is brilliantly constructed and elegantly fleshed out. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying, and learning from, this novel.
  • A wonderful discovery!

    By altorecorder
    French-English, city-village, past-present -- simultaneous mysteries abound around! Masterful, beautiful, sensitive writing by Canadian author Louise Penny. As you can tell, I am very impressed. I downloaded the book because of its consistently top ratings, and it more than met my expectations. This work must be listened to with brain actively engaged. A treat. 'Bury Your Dead' is the first of Penny's books I've read, but I certainly will be hunting up the previous books in the series. My download included an interview with the author. Warning, there are many flash-backs and fast scene changes, with which the reader could be more helpful to the listener.
  • A gem

    By Io leggo
    This the best of the Gamache novels. Even if it is not fully happening in 3 Pines, it makes me want to visit Quebec .it is 2 misteries in one and both are wonderfully developed.
  • Bury Your Dead

    By Grandma Juju
    This book is not only a good story, it is very well written. Both the heroes and the villains are likable. The Quebec history lessons and neighborhood descriptions make learning appealing. Loved it.