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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781427210722
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It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache hascome 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 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

Although he is supposed to be on leave, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he 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 the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ralph Cosham's excellent narration of Louise Penny's newest mystery demonstrates why a terrific narrator is an author's best partner…My only quibble is that the Penny-Cosham team kept me listening past my bedtime. AudioFile magazine

  • This sixth entry in Agatha and Anthony award-winning author Penny's Armand Gamache series is among the best…The solution to both killings as well as the event that drew Gamache to Quebec in the first place are all slowly and expertly revealed. Library Journal

  • “Her beautifully elegiac sixth book interweaves three story lines while plumbing the depths of Gamache’s grief. The result is sophisticated and moving—her best yet.”

    People (Editor’s Pick, 4 stars)

  • “Few writers in any genre can match Penny’s ability to combine heartbreak and hope in the same scene. Increasingly ambitious in her plotting, she continues to create characters readers would want to meet in real life.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Penny’s first five crime novels in her Armand Gamache series have all been outstanding, but her latest is the best yet, a true tour de force of storytelling…Penny hits every note perfectly in what is one of the most elaborately constructed and remarkably moving mysteries in years.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Superb…Brilliantly provocative and will appeal to fans of literary fiction, as well as to mystery lovers.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Gamache’s excruciating grief over a wrong decision, Beauvoir’s softening toward the unconventional, a plot twist so unexpected it’s chilling, and a description of Québec intriguing enough to make you book your next vacation there, all add up to a superior read. Bring on the awards.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Louise Penny’s portrait of Quebec City is as lovingly detailed and evocative as anything she has written, and her control over this intricate blending of history and mystery is absolute. Furthermore, the deepening of Gamache’s character is profoundly satisfying. The book, obviously, is a must-read for her fans, and demonstrates once again that she is in the first rank of crime-fiction writers in Canada, or indeed, in the world.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “Ralph Cosham’s excellent narration of Louise Penny’s newest mystery demonstrates why a terrific narrator is an author’s best partner…My only quibble is that the Penny-Cosham team kept me listening past my bedtime.”

    AudioFile

  • Bury Your Dead has received more pre-release praise than any suspense novel in recent memory; I was a little skeptical at first, but I am here to tell you that it is well deserving of every word. And then some!”

    BookPage

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2010 Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2011 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the 2010 Dilys Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries
  • A 2010 Booklist Top 10: Mysteries
  • A 2011 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2011 Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books for Fiction
  • A 2010 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year: Mysteries
  • Selected for the October 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2011 Nero Award
  • Winner of Anthony Awards - Winner, 2011
  • Nominated for Agatha Awards - Nominee, 2010
  • Winner of Anthony Awards - Winner, 2010
  • Winner of Macavity Award - Winner, 2011
  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Audiobooks, 2010
  • Winner of Agatha Awards - Winner, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel Doud | 2/19/2014

    " One of the most beautifully constructed books I've ever read. It was like a movie with gorgeous cuts and fades. An Oscar for Editing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Mcgilberry | 1/31/2014

    " Crime novel that keeps you guessing until the end, but what I enjoyed as much as the mystery was learning about the founding of Canada and the tension and distrust between the French and the English still today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Wakefield | 1/30/2014

    " How can it be that I haven't read Louise Penny? So many of the elements are home-runs for me - a Quebec City setting, a complicated detective, detailed plot line. Can't wait to read more from this Canadian author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Ingvaldsen | 12/23/2013

    " Latest title in this police procedural series set in Quebec is the best yet: characterization, plot and especially atmosphere and setting are superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene B. | 12/19/2013

    " Great intermingling of three mysteries/crimes: Who really killed "the Hermit" in the prior novel; who killed the man searching for Champlain's burial place; speculation about why Champlain's body was never found; a terrorist threat against the police involving all of Gamache's compatriots. Resolution to the questions one had remaining after the previous novel regarding 'the Hermit", "Woo", and "Charlotte". Perhaps deduct a point for the solution to the Quebec City murder. But made up for a dynamic read with interweaving thoughts about walking on thin ice and missing bodies. Very amusing! If you've ever been to Quebec City, this is a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 11/25/2013

    " The mystery isn't terrific but I loved the Quebec City setting and the historical stuff well enough that it didn't matter. The intruding past - Gamache's not the city's, is eloquent and moving. Am still some irritated by several of the "quaint" villagers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Stone Johnson | 11/13/2013

    " Great chracters. Good story threads nicely tied together at the end. Don't read this for the mystery, but rather for the setting, history and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Haynes | 11/4/2013

    " Another great addition to the Three Pines series by Penny. Ties up some loose ends from the previous book, a good resolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Plumb | 10/24/2013

    " My favourite Louise Penny yet. A brilliant intertwining of three stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/14/2013

    " Great book! Best mystery I have read in a long time. I loved how the three plots wove together. It was interesting to read about Quebec City. I want to visit there some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 10/11/2013

    " I laughed and I cried and I read every word because it was so riveting. I want to visit Old Quebec City and see everything that was described. The characters that Ms. Penny has created seem so real that I feel as if I find Three Pines or visit the Suerete they will be there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Metzler | 10/9/2013

    " Recommended this for our book club and just finished it and loved it! Thanks to Sarah's recommendation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 10/5/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 10/1/2013

    " I love Inspector Gamache and found this riveting. The locale and library involved in the story only helped. Beautifully read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Blanchette | 9/19/2013

    " This was the 6th book in a series. I had never heard of it before. However I loved this mystery mixed with history! I saw some of it coming but there were several twists i did not expect I look forward to reading more from Louise Penny and more about the history of Quebec. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schmerica | 9/3/2013

    " The best of the Armand Gamache books yet, by far, though it's odd how much of it relies on how not great The Brutal Telling was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 8/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, as much for the historical mystery as for the one set in current times. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 10/5/2012

    " Good book. Good writing. I'll look for more Louise Penny :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan R | 7/21/2012

    " This amazing story line keeps three murder cases on the go while taking the reader on a magical history tour of Quebec. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/8/2012

    " Very good book, I enjoyed reading it alot because there weren't alot of big words, it was like the story was being told in my living room when I was present, very good story line, I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read a mystery, suspense and just great books. I give it a thumbs up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 8/22/2011

    " What an amazing story - continually weaving 3 tales together - past and present, from both Inspector Gamache and John-Guy Bovoir. Had me in tears at times, listening intently to the Quebec history, and smiling at the familiar Three Pines characters. Very powerful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ewewhojane Briggs | 8/19/2011

    " Loved the characters in this book and can't wait to read some of the others in this series. There is a lot of information about the culture of Quebec that was new to me and the combination of historical fiction and mystery was just right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 7/12/2011

    " A very well-crafted mystery. One of the few times I've started a book and was not tempted to look ahead to see "whodunnit". A little slow to start but definitely worth the journey. I 'm looking forward to reading more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 7/2/2011

    " Excellent book by an excellent author. The flashbacks were set up very nicely throughout the book, and reliving the shootout and the pain Gamache was going through nearly brought tears to my eyes. Again the characters are well written, and the misdirection set up superbly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 5/18/2011

    " This could have been a good story but it was like wading through treacle! I wonder why i wasted so many hours of my life on it! Never again.... so many better-written books out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 5/17/2011

    " Of the series, this was the most complex layered book to date. The two simultaneous plots, along with the gradual teasing out of a recent tragedy made for a wonderful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 5/15/2011

    " Loved the way it linked three stories together. As ever a beautiful rendition of the inspector. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/3/2011

    " Louise Penny has done it again. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/3/2011

    " Probably would have been better if I'd read the preceding books first, but even on its own, it was a bit oddly constructed. Vague in some parts and obsessive in others and other oddnesses. Exceedingly Canadian, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/2/2011

    " I always enjoy her books! She tells a good tale and I like her descriptiveness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 5/1/2011

    " Boring, lots of explaining, no action. I loved the previous one I read but this one was awful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 4/28/2011

    " Even though I've enjoyed every book in this series, I found this one to be the best. The emotional ride was fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 4/19/2011

    " Recommended this for our book club and just finished it and loved it! Thanks to Sarah's recommendation! "

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About the Author
Author Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and multiple Agatha Awards and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.