Still Life

Still Life

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312352554
Characteristics: viii, 312 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Still life : a mystery


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Sep 07, 2018

Inspector Gamache series, no. 1. In re-reading 'Still Life' I gained a new appreciation for Louise Penny's remarkable debut novel in this ground-breaking series. Amazing characters in a village setting are contrasted with police officers with their own issues. A unique mix of the traditional village mystery with the police procedural - and equal weight given to each.

Aug 25, 2018

#! Inspector Gamcahe novels

Jun 11, 2018

THIS is the FIRST in the SERIES of 14 TITLES
Still Life by Penny is the first novel of the series.
It also won the celebrated presigious Anthony Award in yr 2007 for Best First Novel.
This series, with the same detective characters, has a total of 14 titles sequentially in the series, published from 2005 to 2018 (KIngdom of the Blind.)
Penny's writing is captivating, smooth flowing, with page turning plots.
The characters are a fascinating dimension of contrasting qualities which, when assembled into a team of detectives, becomes a decisive form of brilliance. Likeable, challenging characters. Just like many of our friends or family.
It's very important to READ the books in sequence of dates published.
Many of the books in the series need to get ordered from the InterLibrary MNLink network.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

If you like series set in Canada, check out Vicki Delany's Smith and Winters and Ausma Zehanat Khan's Khattak and Getty.

Apr 28, 2018

Recommended by friends. Quite intrigued by Detective Inspector Gamache’s insight into his colleagues, suspects and murder victim. Looking forward to reading the second in the series.

Apr 06, 2018

A good (not great) curl-up-and-read "cozy" set in a small Quebec town introduces Inspector
Gamache, an appealingly characterized protagonist. Anyone in the mood for a light
mystery and a hiatus from heavier fare should enjoy this. First of a large series.

Jan 30, 2018

Couldn't put it down. Finished it in one sitting and felt like leaving old friends at the end. Have started putting all her others on reserve.

CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 18, 2017

This first title is almost a "cozy" mystery. But the series gets deeper, darker, and more nuanced with each new title. Join Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec as he journeys to the small town of Three Pines.

Oct 07, 2017

I really enjoyed this initial book in the series and have gone on to read the rest as I can get them from the library - they are popular! I find the plots not always great and the characters not always consistent, but the little town of Three Pines and the way of life is enchanting and relaxing and brings me back to the series.

katbee Aug 16, 2017

I listened to the audio version of this book and it was excellent. I really enjoyed the characters and the mystery, which kept me guessing the whole time. My favorite character is Myrna. I liked how the author tied the story to the title of the book during the wrap up. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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Mar 01, 2018

'When my death us do part
Then shall forgiven and forgiving meet
Or will it be, as always was, too late?

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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Sep 30, 2018

Jane Neal, an artist in the town of Three Pines, is shot with an arrow and dies. At the end of the mystery her home is revealed to have walls covered with her most amazing paintings.

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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