Still Life

Still Life

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Canada's Sãuretâe du Quebec is called to Three Pines, a tiny hamlet south of Montreal, to investigate the suspicious hunting "accident" that claimed the life of Jane Neal, a local fixture in the village.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed
ISBN: 9780312541538
9780312352554
0312352557
9780312948559
9781448711765
Characteristics: viii, 312 p. ; 22 cm

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vkreads
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.

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reeread
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.

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orange_lobster_23
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.

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cecil3
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.

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rogebc_0
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.

multcolib_susannel Aug 01, 2017

When a respected artist is found murdered, the Quebec village of Three Pines calls on Armand Gamache looks to the artist's paintings for clues.

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Gem73
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.

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BarMarKC
Mar 01, 2018

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

PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

...life is choice. All day, every day. Who we talk to, where we sit, what we say, how we say it. And our lives become defined by our choices. It's as simple and as complex as that. And as powerful.

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.

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behere
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

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behere
Aug 04, 2015

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

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ElectricMayhem
Jun 28, 2012

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

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ElectricMayhem
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.

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nipper
Oct 16, 2011

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

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