All posts tagged: Bury Your Dead

Louise Penny: A virtual Tour

Welcome to the Bury Your Dead mini tour of Québec City. “As Québec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the most unusual 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 Québec 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 apprehend a present-day killer.” Hi, my name is Alex, and I’ll be your tour guide for the remained of this post. Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny‘s six book in her Gamache series is set here in Québec City, in the dead of winter. Which, I might add, are several months long and reach temperatures even your long johns are not prepared for! But I digress. The book opens with Gamache thinking deeply about the terrible events of a raid gone wrong, as he sits across …

My Life of Crime

Or, to be exact, my life of crime reading, which began about 3-4 years ago. Up until then, I would say I read a mixed bag and cross section of genre. And, up until I left the Print & Publishing world about ten years ago, was probably reading close to 70% SF and speculative fiction. I say speculative because at one point, I moved from almost exclusively reading SF through most of my teen years, to reading some fantasy, a little paranormal, and some supernatural. I never really took to horror, in the same way I strongly dislike ‘horror’ movies. It always boils down to violence, and I’m just not interest. Which makes it all the more odd that I eventually wandered into reading crime fiction. But then again, crime fiction is an umbrella term I think we all use to cover quite a cross section of tropes that fit neatly, and some not so neatly, under that umbrella. We’re all familiar with the whodunnit, courtroom drama, murder-mystery, suspense, cozy mysteries, police procedurals, detective stories, …