Saturday, October 2, 2010
Review: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Meanwhile in Québec, Gamache is trying to heal his troubled spirit. He feels he is to blame for the botched attempt to foil a terrorist plot. Several of his men died in the siege and Gamache feels ultimately responsible. As he wanders the streets of Québec he is haunted by his telephone conversation with the kidnapped Morin. When a murder of the local archeologist is discovered in the English Lit Society's basement, Gamache is drawn into that case almost against his will. Digging into the case brings up the mystery of Samuel Champlain and why his body was never found. A most interesting history of the Francophones and the Anglophones of Québec is nicely woven into the story.
In Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny, deftly juggles three different plot lines and each one is as fascinating as the others. I like the way Penny give us much more insight into Gamache’s character. His nearly obsessive thoughts about the last case let us see him in a really vulnerable state of mind. Penny also does a wonderful job of setting the scene both in Quebec and Three Pines. I felt like I was breathing in the cold, cold air of winter right along with the characters.
me turning the pages almost non-stop. 4*