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Still Life by Louise Penny
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Jul 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: librarian-s-favorites, adult-fiction

Still Life by Louise Penny introduces us to the quaint (but perhaps not so quiet) village of Three Pines in Quebec, and the extremely remarkable and quirky characters who live there: Clara Morrow and her husband, Peter – both somewhat eccentric artists; Olivier and Gabri, a loving and often very funny gay couple who own the local B&B (the food descriptions are mouth watering!); Ruth Zardo, an elderly woman and a poet of some renown, who keeps a duck for company and whose mind is still sharp – in every sense of the word; and Myrna, a former psychologist who now runs the local bookshop and does astrological readings on the side.

Into this mix of people comes Inspector Armand Gamache and his team from the Surete, to investigate the murder of Jane – a seventy year old artist who had finally decided to exhibit her very private art work in the town’s annual art show.

The mystery itself is quite an original one – involving hidden murals, lost inheritances and secrets that have been kept for decades. But the appeal for me, in Louise Penny’s books (this is the first in a series starring Three Pines and Inspector Gamache) are the characters, the setting, the food and the tone of the writing – which is incisive and kind at the same time. Another “highly recommend.”

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