On My Bookshelf: Bury Your Dead

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I've been a fan of Louise Penny's books since 2007/2008 when I read Dead Cold. It was her second novel in the Inspector Gamache series, so I immediately went and found the first, Still Life, and have been hooked ever since.

As you can probably guess by some of the titles, these are crime/murder mysteries haha Some of the older covers are very 'crime-y', while the more recent ones are much more subtle.

The Inspector Gamache series is usually set within the small Quebec village of Three Pines (which sadly does not exist in real life), but Bury Your Dead strays a little with it's three part storyline. Part takes place in Three Pines, part takes place in Quebec City, and part is an event that happened in the past - if that makes sense. The three storylines are woven together beautifully.

Like any series, the books can be read out of order - there's enough backstory that you'll understand what's happened - but they are best read in sequence.

From the publisher:

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. 

Reasons to read:

1) If you're a mystery/crime fan, you need to read this series. SO good - I promise you'll be hooked :) And maybe more than any other book in the series, you need to read this one before the ones that come after.

2) The historical/current mystery. There's a good bit of Quebec history woven into the pages of this book. It's pretty fascinating to read, especially if you've been to Quebec.

3) The characters in this series are some of my favourite, ever. They are talented and smart, but they also make mistakes. The making of and learning from mistakes are two of the big themes of the book. They make it feel very real and honest, these imperfect characters, and you'll love them even more after.

Also, Still Life (the first in the series) has been made into a TV movie, airing this Sunday (Sept 15) at 8pm on CBC. So if you've never read the books, it would be the perfect introduction to the village of Three Pines & Inspector Gamache :)

Are you a mystery fan? Have you read any of Louise Penny's books?