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Still Life

Penny, Louise (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces---and this series---with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.
Authors: Penny, Louise
Title: Still life
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed
Characteristics: viii, 312 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Louise Penny
Notes: Originally published: London : Headline, 2005
ISBN: 0312352557
9780312352554
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PENNY
Subject Headings: Police Québec (Province) Fiction Victims of violent crimes Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Police
Victims of violent crimes
LCCN: 2006041992
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(First book in the Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries series) In a small town in Quebec a woman supposedly loved by her community is found in the woods, murdered. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache looks for the small clues which will point him to the killer.

In a small town in Quebec, a woman supposedly loved by her community is found in the woods, murdered. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache looks for the clues which will point him to the killer.


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Jul 18, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This police procedural/cozy is a quick read, but do not be fooled. Gamache is a gem, his relationship with his second in command is wonderful, and their history together and in the force has a great back story, even though this is the first in the series. The hamlet and its denizens hold pretty true as well, though it's a little hard to believe the victim is as totally good as nearly everyone believed she was. But there are a plethora of plausible suspects, and Penny's great at withholding just enough that I didn't have any idea whodunit until she wanted us to know. She also left just enough threads dangling about Gamache's team and the villagers to make me want to read more. A good first outing.

A murder in a small town just south of Montreal is solved by Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the Canadian version of Hercule Poirot. Great read! Next book, A Fatal Grace, 2007 Agatha winner.

Apr 27, 2014
  • Shelley51 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was recommended to me by a librarian. She told me it would be a struggle to finish because it was "the first book". Boy was she correct. I liked the main characters but if I hadn't known the series would improve I would have quit reading before page 100. I felt sorry for the author-its like she kept coming up with "ideas" and didn't know when to stop. Book 2 had better be much improved!

Feb 07, 2014
  • 01library12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really wonderful use of language and a great read even if you don't usually read mysteries.

Dec 19, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's the characters and Three Pines itself that made me keep going here. It's a Canadian setting which also was interesting for me. The mystery itself seemed mostly standard fare in the eventual resolution (at that point there was pretty much no one else it could be) but the dynamics of a small town in the face of such a violent crime was interesting. As much as I didn't fall in love with it I am curious to see how it progresses so I'll be picking up book two soon enough.

Dec 09, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have had this mystery series recommended to me over and over by my customers so I finally picked one up. What the heck took me so long to finally read one?! I loved it! Wonderful characters, a beautiful Canadian setting, and a great mystery made for a fantastic read.

May 06, 2013
  • turbopip rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The charaters are well drawn and the plot twists and turns. Great mystery reading.

Apr 01, 2013
  • Dani_106 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I had a hard time getting into the style of writing... ended up giving up around page 100. Disappointed.

Aug 29, 2012
  • jackdog rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a captivating little mystery. I loved that it was set in Quebec and so familiar. The visuals were lovely. I will probably read this again.

Aug 26, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Suggested by a friend. An auspicious beginning to an interesting series. There is humour and compassion, as well as an engrossing mystery. Chief Inspector Gamache is an interesting protagonist, and the townspeople quirky eccentrics

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Jun 28, 2012
  • ElectricMayhem rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team investigate a suspicious death in rural Montreal. Instead of a tragic hunting accident it turns out to be murder.

Oct 16, 2011
  • nipper rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

murder in a small english town....centres around an artsy community and old grudges.....good

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Jun 28, 2012
  • ElectricMayhem rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Now, can I interest you in a glass of wine, or perhaps a chandelier?"

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The greedy antique dealer in him, which composed a larger part of his make-up than he'd ever admit,... [Ch.1; an omen for things to come in a later book!]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

[Gamache] always felt a pang when looking at the hands of the newly dead, imagining... all the gestures... The most poignant were the hands of young people who could never absently brush a lock of gray hair from their own eyes. [Ch.2]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was, reflected Gamache, one of the fundamental differences between anglophone and francophone Quebecers; the English believed in individual rights and the French felt they had to protect collective rights. Protect their language and culture. [Ch.3]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

We choose our thoughts. We choose our perceptions. We choose our attitudes. We may not think so. We may not believe it, but we do. I absolutely know... It's about choice... Life is a choice. All day, everyday. Who we talk to, where we sit, what we say, how we say it. And our lives become defined by our choices. It's as simple and complex as that. [Ch.4]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Most of us are great with change, as long as it was our idea. But change imposed from the outside can send some people into a tailspin.... Life is loss... but out of that comes freedom. If we can accept that nothing is permanent, and change is inevitable, if we can adapt, then we're going to be happier people. [Ch.7]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The memorial service for Jane Neal was short and sweet, and had it been plump it would have been an exact replica of the woman. [Ch.10]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nichol... ran the water, pretending to wash her hands, and looked in the mirror. A young woman... looked back... She leaned in closer and saw there was a sticker attached to the mirror. On it was written, 'You're looking at the problem.' Nichol immediately began searching the area behind her, the area reflected in the mirror, because the problem was there. [Ch.11]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nichol... ran the water, pretending to wash her hands, and looked in the mirror. A young woman... looked back... She leaned in closer and saw there was a sticker attached to the mirror. On it was written, 'You're looking at the problem.' Nichol immediately began searching the area behind her, the area reflected in the mirror, because the problem was there. [Ch.11]

Feb 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nichol... ran the water, pretending to wash her hands, and looked in the mirror. A young woman... looked back... She leaned in closer and saw there was a sticker attached to the mirror. On it was written, 'You're looking at the problem.' Nichol immediately began searching the area behind her, the area reflected in the mirror, because the problem was there. [Ch.11]

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May 12, 2012
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