Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Paperback)

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In Still Life by Louise
Penny the small town of Three Pines is a seemingly pastoral setting south of
Montreal so when Jane Neal, a local resident, is found dead in the woods
everyone accepts that it is due to a hunting accident. However, when Armand
Gamache, the Chief Inspector of Homicide of the Surete du Quebec arrives on the
scene and begins meeting with the townspeople he begins to suspect Three Pines
is not as idyllic as it appears at first glance. I found that the beauty of the
book was not so much the mystery as the development of each character and the
relationships between the characters. Penny delves into the dynamics of a
variety of affiliations and how they are affected by the daily occurrences in life
as well as the more significant events such as illness, bigotry, and family
estrangement. Inspector Gamache is a strong, interesting, and likable
character. This is the first installment of the Inspector Gamache books and I
am looking forward to reading the next seven books in the series and finding
out more about the Inspector while enjoying Penny’s perceptive writing.

 

— Carol Foisset

Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List


“I've fallen in love with a charming rural village in Canada and with a most delightful man, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. Excellent characterization and plotting and a wonderful sense of humor make this a treasure to be savored. Don't miss it!”
— Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

Description


In Still Life, bestselling author Louise Penny introduces Monsieur L'Inspecteur Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, a modern Poirot who anchors this beloved traditional mystery series

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.

About the Author


LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, and coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Praise For…


“A rare treat.” —People magazine

“It's hard to decide what provides the most pleasure in this enjoyable book: Gamache, a shrewd and kindly man constantly surprised by homicide; the village, which sounds at first like an ideal place to escape from civilization; or the clever and carefully constructed plot.” —Chicago Tribune

“Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Terrific. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A gem of a book.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[An] auspicious debut… [Penny's] deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“A perfectly executed traditional mystery.” —Denver Post

“A stellar debut novel. The setting is entrancing… Well done!” —Deadly Pleasures

“A gem of a debut novel--clever, charming, with perceptively realized characters… and the enormously appealing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. I can't wait for the next installment.” —Deborah Crombie, author of Water Like a Stone

“An excellent, subtle plot full of understanding of the deeper places in human nature, and many wise observations that will enrich the reader long after the pages are closed.” —Anne Perry, author of Long Spoon Lane

“Georges Simenon kept Maigret going for over a hundred books. It will be a delight for all of us who love detective fiction if Louise Penny can stay around long enough to do the same for Gamache.” —Reginald Hill, author of The Stranger House

Still Life is a masterpiece of a traditional drawing room mystery, repainted in the autumnal colors of the Canadian countryside. Louise Penny is a storytelling artist.” —Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of To Darkness and to Death

“What a joy it is to discover a detective like Armand Gamache, strong, calm and charismatic and at work on a good mystery in a believable setting.” —Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle

“What a joy to read a crime novel written with such skill and integrity, strong on character and atmosphere...I couldn't put it down.” —Margaret Yorke, author of False Pretences

Still Life is a lovely, clever book and I hope I shall be reading a lot more by Louise Penny!” —Ann Granger, author of That Way Murder Lies

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312541538
ISBN-10: 0312541538
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Novel