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.
An Advance Reading Copy of
BURY YOUR DEAD
was sent to me by the publisher
in hopes that I might review it.
No additional compensation was made