Still Life

Still Life

Book - 2012
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in Quebec is called to a tiny hamlet south of Montreal to investigate the suspicious hunting "accident" that claimed the life of a local fixture in the village.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2012, ©2005.
ISBN: 9781410448972
Characteristics: 481 p. ;,23 cm.


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Canadian Penny's terrific first novel, which was the runner-up for the CWA's Debut Dagger Award in 2004, introduces Armand Gamache of the Sorete du Quebec. When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it ... Read More »

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 09, 2019

I procrastinated reading this series, even knowing its popularity. Glad I took the plunge. I will be reading more!

Mark H Lampe
Jul 02, 2019

Blake really liked this author so will try the first book and see what I think.

Mar 26, 2019

Great Series. Have read them all and am now reading them again but more slowly.

Mar 17, 2019

Great book. I will start to read the series. Great characters.

Mar 03, 2019

STILL LIFE is a literary mystery with an emphasis on character development rather than action. Intelligently written by author Louise Penny and set in a rural village in Quebec, this book will appeal to fans of PD James and Agatha Christie. A friend recommended this gem to me over a year ago, and I can’t explain why it took me so long to pick up it up, but it assuredly won’t take me another 12 months to read Book 2 of what promises to be an entertaining series.

Feb 13, 2019

supposed to be a murder mystery. slow. not a bad story. just wish things could have progressed different

Jan 29, 2019

This book was a delightful break from the serious materials I have been reading as of late on political philosophy and theology. I was quite a fun and intriguing read. I found it to be a typical 'Who Done It' scenario with its own twists and turns. No real surprises within the plot or storyline.

Of great importance for me is character development followed by the plot or story line. If either of these fails, its pretty much down hill. Ms. Penny did an excellent job in the character development. You get to know the characters on a personal and insightful level, especially getting to know their thought processes and investigative styles. As to the story line, it was captivating and engaging, nothing over the top or out fo the ordinary so that the plot is believable and plausible.

I especially enjoyed the small town atmosphere in which the crime was both committed and investigated. Ms. Penny endearingly captured both the joy of and the biases of small town communities.

The first book in a series usually spends a great deal more time than subsequent books in the series on character development. I believe it was especially important for this series introduction as there are quite a few characters of both primary and secondary importance who have to be introduced. it will be interesting to read the second book to see if plot development becomes more primary.

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 15 TITLES
Still Life by Penny is the first novel of the series. / also made into a dvd movie.
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 15 titles sequentially in the series, published from 2005 to 2019 (A Better Man)

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 collective "team" 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.

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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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