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Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1)
Still Life - Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1
Author: Louise Penny
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312541538
ISBN-10: 0312541538
Publication Date: 9/30/2008
Pages: 320
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
The surprising death of a local spinster brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his officers to the small Canadian village of Three Pines.

This is the author's first novel and I'm really looking forward to reading the second one. Gamache reminds me a little of Maigret and I enjoyed the Three Pines village setting, the writing, and the characters.
reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 69 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Set in a charming English-speaking village in Quebec. Characters are well drawn. Most are likeable. Of course, some are not. -- And they are well developed in their not-likeable-ness. In the next books in the series we learn that some characters are not who/what they seem. This book won award(s). I bought it because one of my favorite booksellers recommended it, and I liked the author. Mood and setting are lovely. This book was good enough that I read the next in the series. (Warning: for the 2nd book, and for the upcoming [Fall 2008] 4th book, U.S. title is different from Canadian title.) I liked the 2nd and 3rd books more than the first.
Good cozy with rich atmosphere, well-developed characters.
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Helpful Score: 3
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development was excellent, and the ending totally caught me by surprise. I'll definitely read all of Penny's other books.
reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Following other good reviews I read this book. Unfortunately, much of the plot line at the end is marred by lack of knowledge on the part of the author. WIthout spoilers, she makes many incorrect or outlandish statements to fit her desired ending. Taking time, researching what you're writing about is the least that a good author can do.
It really is a shame because her character development for Inspector Gamache is great. The inspector is a character that as a reader you want to follow.
reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Oh, what a great book! I FELL right into it.
I am always happy to find an ongoing series. The murder is only the beginning of a series of events, which literally chill us, and cause us to think deeply.
The other plot of Gamache's "downfall" is also explored, and woven expertly into the murder investigation. Great characters, both the local residents and the murder investigation team. Great settings. My only quibble would be - the food descriptions make me want to go right to Three pines and settle in and eat and eat and eat.
Best book I've read all year!
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reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 735 more book reviews
This was a beautiful, quiet mystery with character development instead of action and gore. If that's what you're looking for, you'll enjoy it!
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I really wanted to love this mystery, as it was highly recommended by both critics and readers alike, and I follow the author's page on Facebook. I found it very slow going, with much detail about life in small Three Pines, Quebec, and various quirky characters. The main character, who is murdered, is plump, middle aged spinster Jane Neal. I did like all the parts involving Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. The minor French language words and phrases were mostly self-explanatory, peppering the text here and there. The story developed oh-so-slowly; I thought I would never get to the end. It took me several weeks of forcing myself to continue to finally finish. This mystery won several awards and was a NY Times bestseller, but was not my cup of (chamomile) tea.
reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A good quick read. Interesting characters. Wonderful descriptions including one of the best paragraphs I've ever read. Without giving away the story - here is just a part of that wonderful writing -

. . .To say it clashed with the flowers would be to suggest there was a wallpaper in existence which wouldn't. Still, of all the colors and styles to have chosen, this was the worst. Up it went, like a strep throat. . .

Made me laugh out loud! Awesome writing!

I've just added the rest of this author's books to my wish list and if they don't turn uop quick - I'll be reading them on my Kindle!!

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