Publisher's Weekly's starred review for her latest book in the series, A Rule Against Murder, says this :
"Expertly plotted, Arthur Ellis Award winner, Penny, paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a twenty first century version of Hercule Poirot."
The Charlotte Observer wrote: These wonderful books full of poetry and weather, a brooding manor house, and people who read and think and laugh and eat a lot of excellent food."
Bury Your Dead
Penny draws the reader right in to the setting of her books, myself included. Because of my French-Canadian grandparents, familiar sights and seasons of Quebec, the special food and customs, even the dark humor brought this mystery remarkably close to home for me. I enjoyed all the french phrases or words that peppered the pages.
Her lyrical style and exceptional descriptions make you want to live wherever she takes you.
Sometimes the threads switching back and forth between two murder investigations was irritating ,and if a reader hadn't read the previous installment, it could be confusing. Most reviewers like the plot twists, but in this novel I did not.
Protagonist,Inspector Gamache has been called North 'America's most humane detective' by one of the prominent reviewers and I agree. I do like Penny's characterzation of the chief inspector, He is never the hard- boiled policeman found in some mysteries. One question comes to mind as I read all of her books: How can the detectives make time for gourmet meals and libations during the investigations? I love the food descriptions, but found the inspector's partaking of them unususal.
The author created suspense and excitement, keeping me guessing until the end. Bury Your Dead was engrossing, as were all of her books in this series. I reccomend them to all mystery lovers.