Still Life

Still Life

Book - 2005
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, c2005
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780312541538
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PENNY 2005
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 21 cm


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Join the discussion on December 19, 2016. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache's first case in the small Quebec town of Three Pines.

My rare venture outside Britain for a cozy is to Quebec! Visit the amazing village of Three Pines and get to know Inspector Gamache.

While Inspector Gamache is the main attraction here, Penny's fans also enjoy her cast of secondary characters, especially the residents of Three Pines. Penny's settings have a timeless feel, and the tone of her novels is that of hope and resilience despite adversity. -Novelist

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. Kirkus calls this “cerebral, wise and compassionate.”

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May 06, 2017

This book is a lot of fun and the definition of a page turner! I flew threw the last 2/3 of it in one day and it threw quite a few plot twists at me. Would recommend for someone looking for something an afternoon of entertainment and escapism.

Mar 19, 2017

My first Penny novel (after reading 17 Robinson novels with Alan Banks) featuring Armand Gamache, a refreshing change with him being respectful, intelligent and perceptive yet firm when needed. His has with him his very able assistant Beauvoir and the novice agent Nichol that he is trying to mentor, perhaps unsuccessfully at this stage.
This first novel is a reasonably good page turner with a plausible yet not overly complicated plot, a few unexpected twists and turns but overall an enjoyable slower paced read. A solid good first novel and I look forward to the next one in the series.

AL_BEVERLY Dec 21, 2016

First novel in The Inspector Armand Gamache series, this character-driven story introduces the residents of an English-speaking enclave in the mountains of Quebec. Like life in the village of Three Pines, this story develops at a leisurely pace with characters you want to get to know. The murder mystery is complex enough that readers will not easily figure out whodunit.

Dec 11, 2016

The plot was somewhat implausible. Good airplane book.

Nov 11, 2016

The development of the suspects was so subtle that I was surprised how much I like the story. I like the fact that some of the characters had a sense of humor.

Oct 01, 2016

This book shouldn't work as well as it does; it's like Agatha Christie in Quebec. The people are stereotypes, the village is a cliche, the plot is formulaic, the francophone/anglophone dynamic is grating, and we've seen chief inspectors like Gamache before. Yet a quarter way through and I was hooked, drawn into the story to the point where I didn't want to put it down. I'm reading the next book in the series!

AL_JILLA Aug 08, 2016

I love the way Louise writes. I often find myself re-reading sentences, just enjoying the way she has written something. This is the first book in her Armand Gamache series and I would suggest them all!

PimaLib_JudyM Jul 18, 2016

Pretty engaging novel with interesting characters and locale, but without revealing "who done it", some things just didn't add up for me at the end. For instance, why would the killer be confronted alone? This was assigned by my book group, and while I wouldn't mind reading the next one, I wouldn't seek it out probably.

Jun 05, 2016

This book appeared in front of my eyes. I love it. I am so glad I can follow these characters through Louise Penny's subsequent stories. 5 STARS from me.

BostonPL_LauraB May 10, 2016

This was too much of a gentle/cozy mystery for my tastes, but it's not a bad novel. I would try another in the series, mostly because I know that often the author's first in a series isn't necessarily always the best.

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PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

If you pretend to know, you aren't going to actually learn.

PimaLib_SamR Feb 24, 2016

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.

Aug 04, 2015

"What do you see?" Elise asked Peter. (about of the art piece "Fair Day")
"Honestly, I don't know. But I know we need to accept it." p 11

Aug 04, 2015

"Tell me what you know," signaled the beginning of the hunt. p 35

Jun 28, 2012

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


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Jun 28, 2012

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

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


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