In Louise Penny’s Bury Your Dead, Inspector Armand Gamache, haunted by two previous cases and injured from one, retreats to Old Quebec City to conduct research. At the Literary and Historical Society, he finds obscure historical battle information. The “Lit and His” is an English sanctuary of sorts in the French-dominated area of Canada.
When the body of an eccentric history buff is discovered in the warren-like basement, the board of the society begs for Gamache’s help. The deceased was murdered and his death is likely to incite anti-anglo protests.
One of the cases haunting Gamache is quietly re-investigated by Inspector Beauvoir, who discovers new heart-breaking information.
The larger, more famous case that haunts Gamache is revealed in teasingly brief flashbacks that reveal how Gamache was injured.
The leisurely pacing contrasts with the magnitude of the revelations on the current and past cases. The plot pivots and accelerates toward the shocking conclusion.
I highly recommend this book to mystery and suspense readers for the depth and scope of the story. Readers of Elizabeth George and Agatha Christy will enjoy Louise Penny’s work.
These are the Inspector Gamache books in order:
1. Still Life (2005)
2. Dead Cold (2006)
3. The Cruellest Month (2007)
4. The Murder Stone (2008)
5. The Brutal Telling (2009)
6. Bury Your Dead (2010)
6.5 The Hangman (2010)
7. A Trick of the Light (2011)
8. The Beautiful Mystery (2012)
9. How the Light Gets In (2013)
10. The Long Way Home (2014)
11. The Nature of the Beast (2015)
12. A Great Reckoning (2016)
13. Glass Houses (2017)
14. Kingdom of the Blind (2018)
15. A Better Man (2019)
16. All the Devils Are Here (2020)
17. The Madness of Crowds (2021)
18. A World of Curiosities (2022)