Still Life

Still Life

Book - 2011
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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 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. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache looks for the small clues which will point him to the killer.
Publisher: London : Sphere, 2011, c2005
ISBN: 9780751547382
Branch Call Number: PEN
Canadian Mystery
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 20 cm


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bpl_staff May 06, 2019

Book #1 featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache

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Jan 25, 2020

Love her books but I find the audio books by far the best way to enjoy the series

Jan 03, 2020

I found Still Life to be moderately interesting, at least enough that I will move on to read book 2 in the series.

FPL_Amy Nov 22, 2019

Louise Penny’s Three Pines series is engaging and has a compelling story arc. With memorable characters, who you’ll wish were your neighbors, and intriguing mysteries this series doesn't disappoint.

Oct 18, 2019

Highly recommended by book club members. 1st in the series about a small town

Oct 09, 2019

I want to read this series sooo bad because of all the awards they win and the positive reviews. This one is very boring. I am going to try #2 as I've read others say the more they read the more they liked the series.

Oct 07, 2019

This is my third or fourth Louise Penny and probably my last. While occasionally she has an interesting turn of events, her style is slow and repetitive, her pseudo-psychology shallow. She talks up her "good" characters to the point I despise them and is judgemental towards her "bad" characters.

IndyPL_SteveB Sep 11, 2019

The 1st book in a very popular series, set in Quebec, Canada, in Three Pines, a tiny village between Montreal and the U.S. border. The main detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, is in his 50’s and getting a bit world weary. He has his way of interviewing people and getting answers, but he is refreshingly free of “the Great Detective” syndrome. He freely admits that he doesn’t know everything and learns about new fields with every case.

Miss Jane Neal, a popular elderly resident of Three Pines, has just decided to enter one of her heretofore private paintings in a local art show. Shortly after this announcement she is murdered by an arrow while walking outside, without her beloved dog. While she seems to be the kind of person that everyone loved, there also seem to be several possible suspects. In this village everyone knows everyone else and the cast of unusual characters seems especially full.

The characters are interesting, the setting is unusual, there is lots of colorful swearing in French, and we see the situation through several different points of view – which makes the author’s ability to conceal the mystery’s solution very impressive.

knitsewrainbow Jul 25, 2019

Despite being a long time mystery lover, I had never heard much about Louise Penny's books until recently. So I started at the beginning and I found it slow moving for the first 50 pages or so. There was so much set up to all the characters and so many characters that I had a hard time keeping interest, BUT when Inspector Gamache really gets on the case, that's when things get exciting. I will try the next one and see if I feel the same way...

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.

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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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