Still Life by Louise PennyStill Life by Louise Penny

Still Life

byLouise Penny

Paperback | June 7, 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 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...
Louise Penny is the Number OneNew York Timesbestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, includingStill Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted The Order of Canada in 2014. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.
Title:Still LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0751547387

ISBN - 13:9780751547382

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best This is one of her best books! I found it very good with each page I turned and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Canadian writer Louise Penny has created a cast of characters and a small village that make you want to pack and move to Three Pines. Every time I go through Quebec I look for this fictitious village, it seems so real as you read. An incredible read, you can't/won't put it down until the last page and you will want to read her next immediately.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read i recommend this one, it was pretty good if you like mystery
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool! I really liked this, the inspector is great and i really wanna live in this town, it's so quaint and i found the grammar very easy to read.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters. I have heard a lot about Penny's books and characters and was curious to see if the actual books live up to the reputation. This book definitely did. Once finished I couldn't wait to start the next book int he series.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK That was't the best start of a series, but I liked Tree Pines and the main characters, so I decided to give the next novel a chance. A. Gamache is mot well developed here and a lot of the crucial detective work is actually done by the villagers themselves.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did it take me so long... to discover this excellent Canadian mystery writer??? Loved this first book in the series, can't wait to read the rest!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! If you are looking for an escape without having to pay airfare, choose this book! Louise Penny is masterful in creating a setting and characters that come to life!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I have been wanting to read this first in the series and I'm glad I finally have. I started part way through the series and have read three others. It is now good to have read the first one where we are introduced the these quirky characters in Three Pines. I used to go to a great uncle's cottage in the Eastern Townships when I was a child so I have a soft spot for this area. I very much enjoy this series set in a wonderful part of Quebec. Good mysteries and delightful descriptions of this small village.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel Recommend this one!! I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start to a Series I really enjoyed this book and am excited to keep reading this series!
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start to a Promising Series Really good read and an interesting mystery. I really loved all of the Canadian history tucked away in the plot!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book was a page turner from the start. It dragged a little at times but not for very long. I enjoyed that the story was set in an eastern township in Quebec. Very good start to a wonderful new series.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing right to the end. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5* was that I found the ending to be a bit far fetched. I am still not sure how I feel about how it all played out....
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quebec Eastern Townships Mystery! 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 change from some of the grittier mysteries I've read lately. The characters who live in the village are an eclectic mix of oddballs. Their individual stories are so interesting, I definitely want to follow them in future books. This a perfect book for mystery lovers and fans of the cozy. No worries mystery lovers, the story isn't sickly sweet (unlike many cozies I've read). It has a very good puzzle and the ending surprises. Now i'm off to hunt down the second book in this series, Dead Cold :-)
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good This book was a great start to a wonderful series.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from can't wait to read my mom and my sisters have/are reading this. waiting for my turn.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Very well written, superbly thought out...
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it I could not put this one down, and read it in one setting
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Plot had me intrigued the entire time
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Still Life Not for me. I found it slow and hard to get into.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I loved that it is set in a small town in Quebec. The setting and the mystery is different and enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Overall a good read but I found it a bit slow in some areas.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a big fan Well, I'm glad I only bought the first two books in this series. I was dreadfully bored with this ''mystery" from the beginning. I liked that the story was set in a small town in Quebec, but the characters were dry and the detectives pissed me off, especially ostracizing one of their own. The ending was incredibly anticlimactic and I was left disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good read This first book by Louise Penny has been followed by many more involving many of the same beloved characters. It's a great first book, and it definitely made me want to read more by this author.#plumrewards
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story This is an excellent book and Author. This one starts a bit slow but it finishes excellently. This is for anyone who likes a who done it.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book At first I was not sure about this book but after a while I could not let it go. It turned out that it was a great book.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Interesting mystery in a wonderful Canadian setting
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Canadian Mystery I looked long and hard at this book before I purchased it, but eventually I did and then couldn't wait for her next book to be published. I love the fact that it's CANADIAN!!!! Interesting characters that you come to care about. Each new book is like coming home.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! Someone had mentioned Louise Penny to me in passing so I thought I would start reading her books. This is the first in her series and it was fabulous! Now I am totally addicted to her wonderful characters and have purchased all her books. If you're looking for a great read, check out all of Louise Penny's books ... can't put them down!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Very entertaining to read, loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A shaky start of the series I fell in love with Tree Pines and the atmosphere of the book, but was really disappointed by the fact that most of the detective work was done by some of the other characters, not by Gamache.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Save yourself a trip and buy the opening three pack of the series... I had heard about this series for years (CBC's Shelagh Rogers on the Next Chapter is a big fan) and finally bought the first three books to read on a LONG plane ride. May have been the jet lag but I did have a little trouble keeping a couple of the characters straight in the opening book Still Life but that aside, I really enjoyed it! Gameche is a strong, quiet character with depths yet to be revealed. I liken him to Inspector Foyle of Foyle's War. The story moves forward at a good pace with thought to characters, setting and future details yet to be explored. Louise Penny creates believable and not always likable characters. If you've ever spent time in a small town you will appreciate the details of Three Pines and appreciate that she does not trivialize or over-exaggerate the idiosyncrasies and intimacy of village life. Those close to the Eastern townships will easily identify with her vivid descriptions. Pull up a chair at the local cafe, order a drink and settle in for a good read. I look forward to the rest of the series...somewhat addictive.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Love the characters, the story line. Great mystery, right to the end. Love that it's "local" too, feels like you could drive up any given weekend (wish we could!)
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian author!!!!!!!!! I was excited to find a new to me, Canadian author. Then blown away by the story. So glad there are many more to read!!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Superb start introducing Three Pines and its collection of quirky residents.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good start to the series! Still life by Louise Penny. Oh what a good read, Louise Penny is brilliant. In a small town of Three Pines, outskirts of Montreal, a women is found dead in the forest, accidental or murder? Careless hunter or a killer neighbor? This is the first book of the Chief Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Being from Ottawa, often traveling to Montreal, the small references are truly wonderful, I somehow felt connected to this story. It was a wonderful mystery that kept me guessing, a lot of fun unexpected surprises. Characters are all well developed and very interesting, no trouble keeping track. I look forward to reading the rest of the story and getting to know more about Chief Gamache and his journey.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This series comes highly recommended Have heard so much about this series and it really defines the genre "cozy mystery". This one sets up the village and the characters and is intricate enough to be challenging. Can't wait for the rest. Oh..and set in Canada!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still Life Character intro seemed to drag on. At times the story left me feeling bored. Who the murderer was seemed obvious from the beginning
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I already love Armand Gamache. Can't wait to read the next murder this detective will solve. Well written novel.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Life Thank you, Ms. Penny, for persevering in your belief that you could become a writer of stories that people would actually want to read. In this reader's opinion, you have a winner in Gamache et al. Having read a couple of books in the Gamache series, I decided to go back to the beginning, which is so often alluded to in subsequent books. In this reader's opinion, you have a winner in Gamache et al.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome This is the first Louise Penny l have read and it will not be the last .Very believable characters. Good read.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Life A very good read!
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Louise Penny is one of my favourite writers, and she is Canadian. This is her first book which I read soon after it was first published. Now I wait eagerly for each new book. I never will tire of reading about Three Pines and the people there. Each new story feels like a visit home. I thought I would revisit this first book and it was just as good the second time around.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Louise Penny is one of my favourite writers. ST
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure I haven't read any of Louis Penny's books before and I thought it dragged a little. I didn't like the character of the Inspector. Maybe he'll grow on me if I read another of Penny 's books.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good summer read Set in the Eastern Townships. Enjoyed my first mystery in a few years.
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely great This book was recommended to me by a Chapters employee because I did not know what to read. she recommended it to me because she had read it and enjoyed it. Well it is a well written book. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. the author does not waste time on describing every non important things like a lot of new writers. As well, no subtle romance between a woman detective and a guy that hate each other but really like each other. None of that crap. From the very the very beginning I was hook and there are no slowdown in the story. I would highly recommend it. Actually I am looking to buy more of the series, I was told to read them in order since the characters evolved.
Date published: 2011-12-12

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