Friday, October 1, 2010

ARE YOU LISTENING? FRIDAYS! BURY YOUR DEAD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO
BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY" 
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS FRIDAY'S
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE IS.....
GIVEAWAY ENDED
BURY YOUR DEAD
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
BY LOUISE PENNY

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:

It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society— where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

Although he is supposed to be on leave, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. “It doesn't make sense,” Olivier’s partner writes every day. “He didn't do it, you know.” As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Louise Penny is an award-winning journalist who worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her bestselling first mystery, Still Life, was the winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards; and her second, A Fatal Grace, won the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal where she writes, skis, and volunteers.

MY REVIEW:

BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny is the last in the Inspector Gamache Series and well liked by many with Penny hailed to be another Agatha Christie. I have a little different opinion but perhaps I am not fair in my judgment. I have not read the other books in the series and therefore, I felt lost quite a bit because even though the story is well written, there are so many references to what happened in the last book, THE BRUTAL TELLING, that I felt rather lost and confused. Although, there were flashbacks throughout the story, I am afraid, for one thing, that my lack of background hampered my enjoyment of this book.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Quebec City to supposedly rest up after his last case and so spends time researching the LONG gone past and that is what has him in touch with the English Literary and Historical Society. But before he realizes it, he is involved in uncovering the truth about how a man died who is found in the Society’s basement in a shallow grave. Meanwhile, back in Three Pines, we find Jean Guy Beauvoir who Gamache has asked to look into what happened in a recent case there. They both find out that something is just not right in Three Pines. So now there are two murders being investigated.
 

I found that listening to the story, (although I don’t think it would have made it any better had I been reading it), seemed to take forever to get to the real meat in the story. With all the references to the past getting scrambled in my head, and multi-cases being investigated, Gamache left me behind. I just think the story was a bit too long winded for me and I think personally that even if I had read the other books, it wouldn’t have made it better for me. I think Penny writes beautifully in her creating interesting characters but getting to them took too long for me. I do think her vivid description of Quebec in the bone chilling cold of winter was lovely and detailed enough that it almost became a character in the story. I think there is enough to this book for new readers to at least want to go back and start from the beginning of the series and for current fans, perhaps this was a better book to listen to then it was for me. I guess the fact that it made me at least think about going back to read the earlier books in the series speaks volumes about Penny’s talented writing. I always like to temper a review like this with the thought that perhaps I was just not in the right frame of mind when listening to the story. I know I am in the minority about BURY YOUR DEAD so I think you really have to judge for yourself. I do know that at least by listening to the story as an audio book, I still had the advantage of doing other things so felt like it was time well spent.
 
GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO STEPHANIE AND THE GOOD
FOLKS AT MACMILLAN AUDIO BOOKS,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS JUST
RELEASED AUDIO BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY!


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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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41 comments:

debbie said...

I really liked her description of quebec, and the mystery that must be solved. I would like to have the book.
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debbie said...

I entered the comfort of apples giveaway.
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debbie said...

I entered thereby hangs a tale giveaway.
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Charleydog said...

I can readily identify with the setting of this story. I lived in the province of Quebec for 55 years and did go to the winter carnival.

Please enter my name in the audiobook giveaway. Thanks!

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Tore said...

I love reading about mysteries and suspense and would love to read thsi book. Sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

holdenj said...

More excited than you know for this week's selection! The first book I read was The Brutal Telling and I must say, Penny really weaves quite a story. Thanks for the chance to win, although I was sorry to see you reported this will be the last Gamache book?
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holdenj said...

Yes, I entered last week's, Thereby Hangs a Tale giveaway.
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holdenj said...

I entered the Tana French giveaway.
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Denny, Alaska said...

How will Inspector Gamache handle the loss of some of his team members? And *which* team members have been killed? Can't wait to find out! Thanks for entering my name in your giveaway.

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rubynreba said...

I would like to listen to this because I haven't read much about Quebec and think it wounds interesting.
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rubynreba said...

Entered And Thereby Hangs a Tail
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rubynreba said...

Entered Two Lethal Lies giveaway
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hendy said...

I love murder mysteries, but I want to know what Gamache did to get put on leave
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hendy said...

I listened to the audioclip from the England based story where he bets on horses and gets the woman to be his wife.
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hendy said...

Entered last week's And Thereby Hangs a Tale giveaway
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traveler said...

I am interested in this book because of the locale which I know very well. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered The Comfort of Apples. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I entered thereby hangs a tale. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

this author has written great novels and I enjoy reading about this setting which I have lived near. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Katie up and down the hall. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Thereby hangs a tale. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

PoCoKat said...

I love this series and just adore Quebec City so would love to win this audiobook.

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chey said...

I'd like to listen because it's set in Canada.
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chey said...

I also entered your Two Lethal Lies contest.
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DarcyO said...

I read The Brutal Telling and was dissatisfied with the ending so I'd like to listen to Bury Your Dead to see if Olivier will be cleared.

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DarcyO said...

I tweeted:
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DarcyO said...

I previously liked Macmillan Audio on Facebook.

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DarcyO said...

I follow Macmillan Audio on Twitter.

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Steve Capell said...

I have read about the Winter Carnival and thought it would be neat to see sometime, maybe I can take a virtual trip their while listening to this audio book. I would love to win this mystery and add it to my audiobook library. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Anonymous said...

I love Quebec I know that I would love the description of it in the winter. Think this would be an excellent story to listen in a car on a long trip.

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Anonymous said...

I "liked: Macmillian Audio on FB.


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Anonymous said...

I follow MacMillian Audio on Twitter.


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Anonymous said...

I listened to the audio on "Stop, Start Computer" and I think that Jeremy is a pushover for gold diggers.

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Anonymous said...

No, I didn't enter the previous audio contes for "Thereby Hangs a Tale".

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Anonymous said...

I just got an error message that service is unavaible, please post this entry if the one about entering the National Dog Adoption Month did not post.

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LAMusing said...

I'm intrigued it takes place in Quebec
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LAMusing said...

I entered Comfort of Apples
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DarcyO said...

I liked BWBII.

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Tina said...

I really like the idea of learning about the history of Quebec while reading about my favorite detective Inspector Gamage. And of course I love audios.

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Tina said...

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Tina said...

I also entered the giveaway for ROOM.

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