Still Life : A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, Book 1 Paperback
by Louise Penny
Part of the Chief Inspector Gamache series
The CWA Dagger-winning first novel from New York Times bestseller Louise Penny.The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships.
Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.
But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/04/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751547382
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Review by nocto
One of those books that I don't know quite what to make of. It's a fairly old fashioned mystery that's been moved to a Quebec village, it moves at a fairly pedestrian pace and, I think, it consciously overdoes the cliche. None of which is bad, but it didn't quite add up to good for me. Halfway through I'd have given it an "I'll finish it but I won't read another"; having finished it I'll give it an "It's okay and I might read another, maybe".
Review by lit_chick
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, along with his team of investigators, is called to the scene of a suspicious death in the quaint village of Three Pines, near Montreal. When resident and artist Jane Neal is found dead on a walking trail near her home, locals initially assume her to be the victim of a tragic hunting accident. However, preliminary investigation by Gamache and his detectives reveal Ms. Neal was lured to the woods by and murdered by a skillful archer. As few strangers other than seasonal hunters pass through the remote village, the murderer is one who must live among the local population. None will be safe from the keen observances of Gamache and his team. Still Life is the first of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series. Penny establishes herself as a well-written and engaging mystery writer; the drama here unfolded believably and with just the right number of red herrings to keep my reading chair warm! Her lead character, Gamache, is one I want to read more about: quiet, unassuming, capable, and charismatic. Recommended!
Review by jbrubacher
A well-loved old woman is murdered by an arrow in a small Quebec community. Armand Gamache and a team of police investigate each member of the community and all their quirks and foibles.This is an endearing murder mystery with a lot of well-drawn characters, and some very despicable ones. There's a sense that the author knows the characters so well she's content to let their actions speak for them, and that really works. What doesn't work is the way we skip from one mind to the next, and sometimes several characters will tell us what they think within one scene. Sometimes within a paragraph. It's off-putting and strange, but doesn't annoy me quite enough to make me say I didn't enjoy the book. I'm sure I'll also read more in the series, though I hope the head-skipping stops.
Review by KarenAJeff
The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn''t even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets...
Review by Cecilturtle
Penny is such a delight to read and this first novel sets the stage wonderfully for her series. The quiet village of Three Pines, populated with its crazy cast of characters, each more intriguing than the last, is even more interesting than the plot itself: Gamache is at ease with these people who feel so much and who have such complex inner lives.This is not a traditional who dunnit. It's an exploration of human relationships and foibles, the inner currents that motivate us: we are all fallible, and some of us fail and succumb. What's best are the parallel tales, this time with Philippe and his father, but also that curious Arnot case which is already rearing its ugly head. A wonderful setup for the stories to come... I can't wait for more!
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