Still Life

Still Life

[a Mystery]

Book - 2005
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Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sur#65533;t#65533; du Qu#65533;bec 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, c2005
ISBN: 9780312541538
9780312352554
0312352557
9780351322303
9780755328901
Branch Call Number: PENNY
Characteristics: 312 p

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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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rb3221
Mar 19, 2017

My first Penny novel (after reading 17 Robinson novels with Alan Banks) featuring Armand Gamache, a refreshing change with him being respectful, intelligent and perceptive yet firm when needed. His has with him his very able assistant Beauvoir and the novice agent Nichol that he is trying to mentor, perhaps unsuccessfully at this stage.
This first novel is a reasonably good page turner with a plausible yet not overly complicated plot, a few unexpected twists and turns but overall an enjoyable slower paced read. A solid good first novel and I look forward to the next one in the series.

AL_BEVERLY Dec 21, 2016

First novel in The Inspector Armand Gamache series, this character-driven story introduces the residents of an English-speaking enclave in the mountains of Quebec. Like life in the village of Three Pines, this story develops at a leisurely pace with characters you want to get to know. The murder mystery is complex enough that readers will not easily figure out whodunit.

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uncommonreader
Dec 11, 2016

The plot was somewhat implausible. Good airplane book.

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wongsokguan
Nov 11, 2016

The development of the suspects was so subtle that I was surprised how much I like the story. I like the fact that some of the characters had a sense of humor.

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JLMason
Oct 01, 2016

This book shouldn't work as well as it does; it's like Agatha Christie in Quebec. The people are stereotypes, the village is a cliche, the plot is formulaic, the francophone/anglophone dynamic is grating, and we've seen chief inspectors like Gamache before. Yet a quarter way through and I was hooked, drawn into the story to the point where I didn't want to put it down. I'm reading the next book in the series!

AL_JILLA Aug 08, 2016

I love the way Louise writes. I often find myself re-reading sentences, just enjoying the way she has written something. This is the first book in her Armand Gamache series and I would suggest them all!

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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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