True confessions time: I write romance but most of the time, I read mystery. And I’ve been loving the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series, set in the small town of Three Pines, Quebec (and also, Montreal, Quebec City, the Eastern Townships, etc.).
I’ve just finished listening to BURY YOUR DEAD. The narration by Adam Sims is perfect. The story is complicated–three intertwining plot lines. But. Oh, so good.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings – a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries… a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer. Steeped in luscious atmosphere, brimming with the suspense and wit that have earned Louise Penny a massive global following, Bury Your Dead is the most ingenious suspense novel of the year.©2010 Louise Penny (P)2011 Hachette Digital
What the critics say
“Murder, an attractive detective, and terrific atmosphere . . . Impressive.” ( The Times)
“Magic . . . an elegance and depth not often seen.” ( The New York Times Book Review)
“Ingenious.” ( Guardian)”Shudders and suspense . . . terrific.” ( Time Out)
WHAT I SAY:
Read it. Listen to it. The audiobook comes with a fab post-story interview with Louise Penny. It is a demanding read/listen: you need to pay attention for the story to make sense. But then… in a good mystery… you’d better be paying attention. After all, it’s a bit of a game between you and the author, right?
Connection, misdirection, plot twist–and aha! All is revealed, all makes sense.
All is right with the world.
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