Postcards from Three Pines: Bury Your Dead

Bury Your Dead Postcard
“Quebec City. Bitterly cold but managing to get out into this gorgeous old city, researching BURY YOUR DEAD. We’re having a blast - but man, is it cold!”

Instead of heading straight in to the Château Frontenac he decided to stroll along the Dufferin Terrace, the long wooden boardwalk that swept in front of the hotel and overlooked the St. Lawrence River. In the summer it was filled with ice cream carts and musicians and people relaxing in the pergolas. In the winter a bitter damp wind blew down the St. Lawrence River and hit pedestrians, stealing their breaths and practically peeling the skin off their faces. But still people walked along the outdoor terrasse, so remarkable was the view.

And there was another attraction. La glissade. The ice slide. Built every winter it towered above the promenade. As he turned the corner of the Château the wind hit Gamache’s face. Tears sprung to his eyes and froze. Ahead, midway along the terrasse, he could see the slide, three lanes wide with stairs cut into the snow at the side. Even on this brittle day kids were lugging their rented toboggans up the steps. In fact, the colder the day the better. The ice would be keen and the toboggans would race down the steep slope, shooting off the end. Some toboggans were going so fast and so far pedestrians on the terrasse had to leap out of their way.

As he watched he noticed it wasn’t just kids climbing to the top, but adults as well including a few young couples. It was as effective as a scary movie to get a hug, and he remembered clearly coming to the slide with Reine- Marie early in their relationship. Climbing to the top,
dragging the long toboggan with them, waiting their turn. Gamache, deathly afraid of heights, was still trying to pretend otherwise with this girl who’d stolen his heart so completely.

Discussion on “Postcards from Three Pines: Bury Your Dead

  1. Alice Briggs says:

    I will have to visit the slide only vicariously, through your striking photo and, of course, through your beautiful prose. Thanks for making us feel the rich details of your settings on every journey you share.

  2. Vance Ginther says:

    Once again a pleasant piece of memory of a good book. It is nice to read thrd as most of my exposure has been audio.

  3. Ilene Tyler says:

    Planned our 2014 trip to Quebec around memories from this book, even got to stay in Chateau Frontenac. At the end of the APT conference, we rented a car to drive south for two magical nights at Manoir Hovey! We will return. Thank you.

  4. FRom the states driving back to Canada, three weeks was not enough. I am not going back to bury my dead, I am going back because my heart lives in the Cantons and the high country. I read a
    “Louise” book and I am sitting on my grandmother’s lap as she reads post cards and letters from her siblings north of the Laurentians mountains.
    Instead of lamenting that as a second generation Canadian I am not eligible for citizenship, I travel from Rhode Island, a little Canada enclave, to cross the border as often as I can. There is a special thrill to reading in the settings made English by such beautiful writing.

  5. Joan Mary Brown says:

    I was lucky enough to visit Quebec City many years ago, but in the summer, with my husband.
    Sadly, now he has Dementia, so I know exactly how it was for you with Michael.
    Sad also that I did not get to Three Pines, as I had not yet had the pleasure of knowing about your wonderful books. I await eagerly your next book. Thank you for the pleasure you have given so many people with your wonderful writing

  6. Lori Klein says:

    Will there be a 14th book in this series? I certainly hope so!

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