Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)
Winner oftheNew Blood Dagger,Arthur Ellis,Barry,Anthony, andDilys 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. T
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Now that we're in the star bestowal business I thought for a minute about what makes for a good book of this sort. Here’s the list I came up with along with how Still Life did with respect to it.
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✓ Plausible forens
Still Life is a traditional ("cozy") mystery set in a Canadian village Three Pines. One Sunday morning a body of 76-year old Jane Neal - a long-time resident of the village - is found. At first, it appears that Jane was killed in a hunting accident, but later we find out that quite a fe...more
"In the twenty-five years she'd lived in Three Pines she'd never, ever heard of a crime. The only reason doors were locked was to prevent neighbours from dropping off baskets of zucchini at harvest time."
I love the characters so much I want to go to Three...more
I liked the main detective and the characters are all interesting and three-dimensional. I had no idea who the killer really was (can be a positive or a negative) and felt that the story moved at a slightly slower pace than I expected. All in all, the book is well-written and it's a good story, but not that exciting. Will pick up #2 though, since I really did like Gamache.
The mystery takes a back seat to setting the stage with the characters and the village. Gamache is a likable man, a kind and introspective deep thinker. There is wit and wisdom throughout the book, with much insight into human nature. It’s slow-paced and the mystery and resolution weren’t quite as gripping as I would have preferred, but because it is so well-written and the character...more
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called upon to solve the death of Jane Neal, a beloved and elderly member of Three Pines. It is inconceivable to the residents that anyone would murder Jane, though, curiously, it appears that one of them is the murderer. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team must invade the privacy of these villagers in order to fi...more
Penny, Louise – 1st book
Headline, 2005- Hardcover
*** Death brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his officers of the Sûreté du Quebec to the small village of Three Pines, Canada. Much-loved Jane Neal has been found dead in the woods. Gamache must determine whether her death was the result of a hunting accident, or deliberate murder.
*** Penny’s debut book is a true, classic traditional mystery. Penny has a wonderful writing voice full of introspecti...more
Though I think giving one of the characters the last name "Malenfant" was a bit heavy-handed. Also I think I may be doomed to go through life referring to the main character as "Chief Inspector Ganache."
Oh my. What a strange, haunting, cozy/dark detective series. Cutesey gentrified Quebec village, flakey croissant and lavish bistro dining interludes are juxtaposed with raw revelations of turbulent human emotion and behavior. A benevolent, wise, unjaded superintendent anchoring the investigations. Quirky village inhabitants involved with highe...more
So as you can imagine (and see) I enjoyed the setting. I'm not certain if the town of Three Pines is fictional or not, but I certainly enjoyed visiting it. I loved...more
Gamache and his team are called to investigate, even though most in the village assume this was just...more
The story is set in a tiny, beautiful village named "Three Pines" in Quebec, Canada. Jane Neal, a beloved, retired school teacher and amateur artist, is found dead in the woods--with a wooden arrow shot through her heart. The villagers think it was a hunting accident, bu...more
She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.
Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.
* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
o 2008 –...more
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But in the country death comes, uninvited, during the day. It takes fishermen in their longboats. It grabs children by the ankles as they swim. In winter it calls them down a slope too steep for their budding skills, and crosses their skies at the tips. It waits along the shore where snow met ice not long ago but now, unseen by sparkling eyes, a little water touches the shore, and the skater makes a circle slightly larger than intended. Death stands in the woods with a bow and arrow at dawn and dusk. And it tugs cars off the road in broad daylight, the tires spinning furiously on ice or snow, or bright autumn leaves. ”