Still Life by Louise Penny
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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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.

 

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LOUISE PENNY is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seven novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times—for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards). She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
 
Published September 30, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Three Pines, an appealing Quebecois community, is shaken by the death of a beloved longtime village schoolteacher and unsung artist.

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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 Sûreté du Québec. When the body

May 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Still Life: A Chief Inspector...

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As they all work to unravel the mystery of Jane's death, formerly buried secrets of some Three Pines' residents are revealed, and they are real doozies.

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Devourer of Books

... Still Life by Louise Penny. Three Pines, Quebec is an idyllic little town full of wonderfully quirky people. Jane Neal is one of those wonderfully ...

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Kathy Takes on Books

Not at all what you would expect, and yet Penny works them to showcase Gamache’s character, his style of working, Nichol’s actions and character, and the murder investigation.

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The Book Stop

Personally I love reading books where the characters have a bit of depth, it feels so much more like real life, where people aren’t either good or bad – it’s more grey than that :-).

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Dead Cold) (2006)*Winner of Agatha Award for best novel of 2007Still Life (2005)*Winner of "New Blood" Dagger Award, Arthur Ellis Award, Dilys Award, Anthony Award, and Barry Award.

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WordLily

I’ve listened to the audio versions of the first two books in the series and I love and am annoyed by the same things you mentioned.

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The Redheaded Reader

I finally picked up Still Life the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, on a cold Friday night after an exhausting week, when my only plan for the evening was to snuggle under the covers with a mystery that was perfectly atmospheric and full of character.

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Tip Of The Iceberg

I'm looking forward to others in the series too, but I'll probably try to find them at McKays (the bookstore I mentioned).

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I finally picked up Still Life the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, on a cold Friday night after an exhausting week, when my only plan for the evening was to snuggle under the covers with a mystery that was perfectly atmospheric and full of character.

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