In Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Quebec on leave recovering from an investigation gone wrong. While there, he is recruited to assist in the investigation into the death of an obsessive historian who was searching for the remains of Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. The historian was murdered in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society, an English establishment, which raises a concern that his death will increase tensions between the English and French communities in the city.
While pursuing the murderer, Gamache reflects on his previous investigation that went horribly wrong. Is it possible that de Champlain was buried in the basement of the library? Will Gamache be able to deal with the ghosts of the prior investigation that continue to haunt him?
The well-drawn characters, the sense of place and mood of the story will keep you riveted. The reader’s voice and tone are well-suited for the story. The connection to the burial of Samuel de Champlain was also very interesting. I found myself searching for additional information on de Champlain as I read the book. This is one of those audios where you’ll find yourself sitting in your car long after you have stopped to hear what happens next.