Tuesday, June 1, 2010

BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny

 Cover for the Canadian and UK version

I was the lucky recipient of an ARC of Louise Penny's newest - BURY YOUR DEAD, which is scheduled to be released in late September.


Repeating myself - this is, I think, one of the best series being written today.

Repeating myself yet again - I felt as though her last book, THE BRUTAL TELLING, was masterful and that it carried Ms. Penny to a new level. 

I know sometimes when a book in a series reaches as high as THE BRUTAL TELLING, we've been known to feel a bit let down with the next entry.  Not to worry.  I can't imagine anyone feeling that way about BURY YOUR DEAD.  The magic of Ms. Penny's writing continues.  The subtle humor, the restrained poetry of word play and the emotions emanating amongst the characters, along with meticulous research.  

This one is a bit of a departure for Ms. Penny.  There's a plot line dealing quite extensively with the history and founding of Quebec City which I found to be fascinating.  I love well researched novels and this one strikes me as having been exceptionally and lovingly meticulously researched.

Mentioning that I felt this was a bit of a departure is not to mean we don't still have everything we've come to expect and love in one of Ms. Penny's Three Pines novels; as I said - the magic is still there.  The  intricate plotting we expect is there. The gentle subtle humor is there.   Its also got a surprise or two.  or three.  It's also profoundly sad. I found myself wiping away tears more than once.

We don't spend quite as much time in Three Pines as we sometimes do, but the time we do spend there is as quirky as ever.  Where else are we going to find favorite characters having dinner in their local bistro in their  jammies, with no one batting an eye?

For fear of giving anything away, I'm going to hold off on saying any more . . .   

Well - okay - one more thing . . .  there's a major aspect concerning our beloved Gamache that is heart wrenching - keep that box of tissue handy!

Last year after reading THE BRUTAL TELLING, I think I immediately knew it would be at the top of my 2009 favorites, and told you all I thought you should add it to your "gotta read" list.  Well, I'll repeat all that this year for BURY YOUR DEAD.  

And now that I've finished it and know what happens, I'm going to immediately bury myself in it again to just savor the poetry of the writing, the ambiance of setting, and pure joy of words put together perfectly to tell a perfect tale.  

I adore this book.

and its author.

FTC Disclosure
An Advance Reading Copy of
was sent to me by the publisher
in hopes that I might review it.
No additional compensation was made
or offered.


Mason Canyon said...

I love your review. I've not read any of Louise Penny's books yet, but they sound so intriguing they are on my wish list. With the exception of the sad part (which I know happens in most books) this sounds so interesting. I'll have to check out her other books while I'm waiting on this one.

Thoughts in Progress

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Mason - I envy you just discovering this series! You have some lovely reading ahead of you.

Keep me posted - I'm going to be interested in hearing what you think!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I must stop reading great reviews of excellent books -- my book table spilleth over.

Theresa N. said...

I'm a fan of her Three Pines series, too. Tissues?! NO, no, no....
Theresa N

Lesa said...


I put off reading this book until just before release date, and I didn't read your review until now, for fear of spoilers. I shouldn't have worried. I could have read your review without learning about the book. But, Louise told me some reviewers have given away the nature of the tragedy, and I didn't want to know, or to spoil it for others. Magnificent book, wasn't it?

Lesa - www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com

Jo Anna Perrin said...

Just found your site. Wonderful review regarding a brilliant series. I recently reviewed the audio version of Bury Your Dead on my blog site and have to say it was a delight.
Leaves me waiting very impatiently for the next book in the series.

Jo Anna--www.abbreviatedaudio.com