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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 109 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 8
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reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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 + 326 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Interesting first novel in the Three Pines mysteries. I found the plot interesting, really had little idea about who had murdered Jane Neal. I found it difficult to get the feel of the town and the main characters. Perhaps the fact that I am not familiar with the rural Quebec theme and found several references to traditions, etc. different colored this. I liked the book, but did not love it. I may go on and read the second book, but I'm not sure. To me it pushes the boundaries on being a true cozy mystery, which I prefer to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
WONDEFUL book! I don't usually read murder mystery novels, but the setting of this one so intrigued me, I went ahead. The writing is inspired & charmingly descriptive, the character development is terrific, the characters themselves affable. Made me want to jump in my car & drive to Three Pines, Québec! And the ending... surprising; the mark of a great mystery novel, I suppose. :)
I would read one of Louise Penny's novels again in a heartbeat.
reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
We used this book for our book club and found it to be very well done. What a great job. Characters were described well and the reader really got to enjoy the environment and the plot. I also loved the fact that this writer tied up all the loose ends. I have gone on to continue to read the other books in this series and believe they have only gotten better.
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reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 1804 more book reviews
One of the things I love about reading is the ability to go to another country, region, culture, and become immersed in the scene and situation. Thus, I was charmed to meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators. They are investigating a strange and suspicious death in Three Pines, a small, French-Canadian locale, just north of the US border.

I would call this a cozy mystery and Armand Gamache spends a great deal of his time inside his head. He's a very interesting man and we learn much from his ruminations and interactions with others. The generous sprinkling of clues and food choices makes for an interesting read. I felt that I had a birdseye view of another culture.

I've read elsewhere that these books should be read in order. It is interesting to see the tension between the francophone and anglophone Québécois. This book provides a tangible understanding of the tension that I'd heard was rampant in the French part of Canada. I found this tension, plus the fine writing were sufficient to get me to read the next book in this series. Note the awards this book earned.

Awards
AnthonyAwards Best First Novel
Barry Awards Best First Novel
Dilys Awards Best Book
reviewed Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1) on + 843 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 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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