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... show more
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.
Publish date: 30-09-2008
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (#1)
The title of this book has at least two meanings in the context of the work: first, and most obviously, the victim of the murder is an artist (and her work - though not exactly still life - contains clues that point to the murderer); secondly, there are references in various conversations to people ...
Turns out I already read my book for this square! On a related note, color me somewhat less impressed than I expected to be -- this is yet another insanely popular series that, as it turns out, I won't be rushing to continue. There's some really good and insightful writing in the later parts of t...
Well I found a new series I am going to enjoy! I have had this book and others in the series forever but for whatever reason have never read them. I thought this was great - a nice story with characters I liked (and those I did not like) and a mystery murder that involved an entire village in Canada...
A decent mystery set in a charming village in Quebec, Canada. True to the Miss Marple tradition, even cozy villages have their share of darkness running underneath. The book also made me learn a bit about French/English tensions in the largely Francophone region. The omniscient point of view allows ...
I read this when it was released in '09, but I sometimes like to return to the first book of a much-beloved series to see how the author introduced her characters and setting. I did just that with Still Life, before starting Penny's latest, Kingdom of the Blind.Penny is a wonderful author, and it's ...