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Still Life By Louise Penny Still Life 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

  • Title: Still Life
  • Author: Louise Penny
  • ISBN: 9780751547382
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Still Life By 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 doesThe 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
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    1. Carol. on said:

      Middling books are the hardest to review, dontchathink Maybe it s the recent time change is there any point to Daylight Savings Time any , maybe it s the fact that I feel like I m swimming uphill in my nursing clinical trying to get hours in, but Still Life kept putting me to sleep A blurb or a review, I forget which compares her to Agatha Christie, which I suppose could be true, only it s a version of Christie that was being paid by the word and operates only inside people s heads, which really [...]

    2. Christine on said:

      4.5 starsWith the encouragement of several of my friends, I finally decided to pick up Still Life, a novel I bought 3 years ago I don t know why I waited so long to dust it off, especially since it has won multiple awards, but I can tell you it won t take 3 years for me to read book 2 of what I believe will be a highly enjoyable series.Some readers called this a cozy I respectfully disagree I think this story is in the category of literary mystery There is so much depth The setting is a small v [...]

    3. Richard Derus on said:

      Film ReviewBook Rating 4.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montr al and yet a world away Jane Neal, a long time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods The locals are certain it s a tragic hunting accident and nothing but Gamache smells something [...]

    4. Candi on said:

      Three Pines wasn t on any tourist map, being too far off any main or even secondary road Like Narnia, it was generally found unexpectedly and with a degree of surprise that such an elderly village should have been hiding in this valley all along Anyone fortunate enough to find it once usually found their way back I ve seen this book and others in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series pop up so many times in my friends reviews and lists And yet, I hesitated to read it for some time since I di [...]

    5. Tatiana on said:

      I am a little sad that I can t give Still Life than 2 stars It was recommended to me and it s not a pleasant task to trash someone s suggestion, but what can I do, this book was just a barely OK read for me.Still Life is a traditional cozy mystery set in a Canadian village Three Pines One Sunday morning a body of 76 year old Jane Neal a long time resident of the village is found At first, it appears that Jane was killed in a hunting accident, but later we find out that quite a few seemingly ord [...]

    6. Linda on said:

      Sometimes a memorable read needs to be revisited for a multitude of reasons.Louise Penny lost her husband Michael this year Her loss was so apparent in her latest offering, The Great Reckoning As I turned the initial pages of this first book in the series, Still Life, I came upon the Acknowledgements that almost made me weep This is for my husband Michael, who has created a life for us full of love and kindness He allowed me to quit my job, pretend to write, then gave me unstinting praise even w [...]

    7. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh on said:

      NO SPOILERS Her debut, entertaining, well written and deserving of its literary awards A traditional detective novel, the murder unraveled by careful observation felt like a breath of fresh air after my normal diet of forensics mysteries A murder disrupts the peace in Quebec s heartland where The only reason doors were locked was to prevent neighbors from dropping off baskets of zucchini at harvest time A rural setting, quiet pace and lack of gore has some pegging this as a cozy mystery, disagre [...]

    8. Phrynne on said:

      This was a pleasure to read Imagine a detective who is happily married and is not an alcoholic Discovering Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is a pleasure in itself I really enjoyed the setting, a small town in Quebec, and I became quite attached to several of the characters They were quirky and a couple verged on going over the top but overall the author held it together.An easy, comfortable read with just a bit of bite to it to keep it interesting Consider me hooked on the series

    9. PattyMacDotComma on said:

      4 He always felt a pang when looking at the hands of the newly dead, imagining all the objects and people those hands had held The food, the faces, the doorknobs All the gestures they d made to signal delight or sorrow And the final gesture, surely, to ward off the blow that would kill The most poignant were the hands of young people who would never absently brush a lock of gray hair from their own eyes Chief Inspector Gamache of the S ret du Quebec has been called to the woods near the small vi [...]

    10. Delee on said:

      In all the years Jean Guy Beauvior had worked with Gamache, through all the murders and mayhem, it never ceased to thrill him, hearing that simple sentence Tell me what you know It signaled the beginning of the hunt He was the alpha dog And Chief Inspector Gamache was Master of the Hunt.October Canadian Thanksgiving weekend Three Pines, QuebecVictim Jane Neal, 76 years old, retired school teacher, never married found dead in the woods not far from her home cause of death shot with an arrowpossib [...]

    11. Steve on said:

      This is a murder mystery in the category of police procedural I like to throw in a few of these every once in a while for variety After all, one does not wish to consider oneself effete for having dined on too rich a diet of purely literary fare, does one Now that we re in the star bestowal business I thought for a minute about what makes for a good book of this sort Here s the list I came up with along with how Still Life did with respect to it Interesting characters Plausible forensics Sensibl [...]

    12. Alex on said:

      Clara laughed until she thought she would piddle, and I want to piddle on this book No to the word piddle no to twee gay couples who sing along to It s Raining Men no to violent death demanded Earl Grey no to murderers who are both telegraphed and chosen out of a hat no to this smug, precious, suffocatingly cozy mystery.

    13. Eduardo George on said:

      Martha Stewart meets Agatha Christie on a very bad hair day I was recommended this author by a friend who is a great admirer of Ian Rankin and Stieg Larsson, so I was quite excited as I set out Excitement soon turned to disappointment, followed by a sense of disbelief that writing so bad could be so well received by the reading public And indeed win a prize, albeit one for novice crime writers.The setting is an idyllic village near Montreal, populated with a cast of caricatures aging bohemian ar [...]

    14. Carol on said:

      Sign me upI m in, and it looks like the ratings only get better for this popular series going forward Jane Neal is found dead in the woods, and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache leads his troops to the picturesque village of Three Pines to uncover secrets and find a killer This fun to read crime mystery has many great characters that I can t wait to get to know betterOliver and his partner Gabri are a hoot and newbie smart mouth Agent Nichol, well, she is something else, and then there s Inspector [...]

    15. Iris P on said:

      Still LifeMy discovery of the charming, picturesque Canadian fictional village of Three Pines comes a few years too late, but I am glad I finally decided to pay a visit Before reading Still Life I only had a casual idea of what a cozy murder mystery was Once you read this novel however, you can see how that moniker perfectly describes this novel and Mrs Penny s writing style.The title, Still Life, also describes the idyllic, low key lifestyle the residents of Three Pines have been accustomed to [...]

    16. HollyB on said:

      3.5The first book of 13 in the Armand Gamache series This book was published in 2005 and there are many things I enjoyed about this character driven novel Each story in the series takes place in Three Pines, a small Canadian village which is fictional There is quite a cast of characters in this one and Inspector Gamache is quite humorous, compassionate, and wise I look forward to getting to know him better If you enjoy detective police procedural series that have a cozy feel and are well written [...]

    17. Mary Beth on said:

      I finally get the chance to read this series, I ve heard nothing but good things about this series I should have read this a lot sooner than I did This 1St book in the series was just fabulous This mystery takes place in Quebec, Canada in a small village called Three Pines The author describes this place so well that I actually felt that I was there visiting with these odd characters Three Pines is the place to be This book is very well written and has won many awards.The mystery starts out with [...]

    18. Jean on said:

      Quaint, picturesque, charming that s Louise Penny s village of Three Pines in rural Quebec.Still Life, first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, which was published in 2005, refers not just to a painting, but to the way some people live their lives Rather than actively pursuing their hopes and dreams, they wait for good things to come to them.Miss Jane Neal was possibly one of those people for much of her life She fancied herself an artist, although none had ever seen her work In fact, no on [...]

    19. Britany on said:

      What a great book Perfect for curling up with a cup of tea on a cold day I would consider this a cozy mystery series and I don t know what took me so long to finally get to this series, as I continue to hear such wonderful things about Louise Penny Ok, I avoid series because then I feel obligated to read them all and especially avoid them if the author is still writing them both are true in this case Inspector Armand Gamache is called to quaint little Three Pines outside Montreal so tiny, he has [...]

    20. Maxwell on said:

      Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the small village of Three Pines outside Montr al to investigate the murder of an elderly woman much beloved by the community Upon his arrival he discovers that nearly everyone he meets could be a suspect, and the investigation is immediately underway But this isn t your traditional hard and fast crime novel It s much cozier and focuses on the lives of the many and I mean many villagers that we meet throughout the novel.I enjoyed that the novel broke from th [...]

    21. Tooter on said:

      3.75 stars Quite a few reviewers have described this book and other books by Louise Penny as a cozy mystery I ve always tried to steer clear of any book with that description for fear it would be too cutesy and predictable After this book was recommended to me by a friend I decided to try it and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised I have 12 of her books and I plan to continue the series until it gets stalewhich happens than not

    22. Mandy on said:

      3.5 stars.This is the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, and I d heard that the books get better as they go on.That being said, I did quite enjoy this, I just found it to be a little patchy at times By that I mean some parts were better than others and the whole book felt a bit like a bumpy ride.Jane Neal has been killed She lived in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Canada So Inspector Gamache is sent from Quebec with his team to solve the murder.I really enjoyed Louise Penny s wri [...]

    23. Chrissie on said:

      I don t want to annoy others who think Louise Penny writes great stuff OK, she does for the simple reason she has achieved a high star rating, but she is NOT for me The ending is SO incredible view spoiler Snakes,hoses rat traps umpteen people falling down steps with broken bones galore and one strong brave woman standing there triumphant hide spoiler I like credible, realistic stories This is not The ending was simply the last straw for me I tried this book in an attempt to enjoy a fun cozy mys [...]

    24. Jim on said:

      This is Louise Penny s debut novel and the first in the Inspector Armand Gamache series This was a terrific read and in some ways reminds me of Agatha Christie The characters are well developed and likable well not the murderer The locale is Three Pines, a small rural village south of Montreal and the author description makes it a come alive and a place you would like to live in or at least visit.Jane Neal, 76 years old and a retired school teacher, is found dead in the woods over the Canadian T [...]

    25. Leonie on said:

      I started reading A Fatal Grace and soon realised that I would be better to go back to the beginning with Louise Penny s first book set in the magical Quebecois village of Three Pines I m loving it so far and I m only up to page 12 A sample In the twenty five years she d lived in Three Pines she d never, ever heard of a crime The only reason doors were locked was to prevent neighbours from dropping off baskets of zucchini at harvest time I love the characters so much I want to go to Three Pines [...]

    26. Lewis Weinstein on said:

      Still Life is an absolutely delightful read Louise Penny weaves a complex plot with sure hands, repeatedly provides an interesting sense of place, and develops her characters deftly, patiently, one ingredient at a time There is a very satisfying blend of action and reflection, and mostly intelligent detective work, set against a beautifully presented background of life in a small artists village in modern Quebec where everyone knows everyone else and one of them is a murderer One of the interest [...]

    27. Margitte on said:

      Jane Neal was an eccentric artist Her mudroom was a museum, her kitchen a shrine That was as far as anybody was allowed into her home Even her most dearest friends never made it beyond the kitchen The status quo would have lingered on forever, if it wasn t for Jane submitting, for the first time in her life, one of her paintings, Fair Day , to the Annual Williamsburg Arts Exhibition It was the only piece of herself that she finally wanted to share with the world Some judges were horrified, other [...]

    28. Icewineanne on said:

      This was an enjoyable start to a mystery series I don t know of any other writers who set their stories in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, this area of the province is so just beautiful Inspector Gamache leads the investigation into an artist s death Jane Neal was found dead in the forest, killed by an old fashioned bow arrow Gamache is a no nonsense kind of man, taking his job seriously no tormented soul here , but with a keen insight into humanity and a wonderful sense of humour It was a nice [...]

    29. Janelle on said:

      First off, this is a very beloved author and beloved series and I can see why I was reminded of when I was a kid enjoying the world of Nancy Drew, and as an adult, enjoying Agatha Christie Although not as dark as Christie, I had this same nostalgic feeling reading this book This is a traditional mystery detective story and the best part about it is the characters their personalities, quirks, and small town vibes I felt like I was a part of their everyday lives Louise Penny does a fantastic job s [...]

    30. Skye Skye on said:

      Still Life by Louise Penny was a wonderful surprise Convoluted, complex and unique in many ways I was very taken by the theme plot and various points of view It was extremely involved, with original characters the setting was profound and well suited to the overall outcome I was struck at the masterpiece of written art the author created, so similar to the artistic masterpiece depicted in her story A very excellent read This was the first Inspector Armand Gamache, and I intend to read and hope [...]

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