Still Life

Still Life

Large Print - 2012
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in Quebec is called to a tiny hamlet south of Montreal to investigate the suspicious hunting "accident" that claimed the life of a local fixture in the village.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2012.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410448972
Characteristics: 481 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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TacoStand Feb 09, 2021

Police procedural mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series). Read Canadian. Louise Penny's CI Gamache books are definite fan favourites. Penny is a multi-award-winning author and a member of the Order of Canada.

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ktflynn Oct 01, 2020

Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist of Thanksgiving Sunday. It was pretty much a surprise all round," Still Life begins, the first of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache mysteries. While not necessarily about Thanksgiving, Still Life is set during that very specific time of y... Read More »

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Feb 02, 2021

I feel like I'm the last person to jump on the Louise Penny train, but I am so glad that I did.

I loved this book--I loved the town of Three Pines, I loved Inspector Gamache, and I loved that I did not figure this mystery out! I mean, I thought I had. However, my guess came late in the book and I was blindsided when the reveal was made. That will make nearly any book a winner for me.

I have read a number of comments that this book was slow. That was not my experience. Granted, it may be because I was so taken by the world that Penny creates. However, the fact that Penny took the time to walk through all the steps and bits of this mystery. The necessary clues are there, but you probably won't see them without some hindsight.

Anyway, count me in as a Penny fan. I'm off the read all of her other books now.

Jan 04, 2021

My book club just loves Louise Penny. I thought it was intriguing and complicated at the very end. But they solved the crime. On to the 2nd book.

Oct 30, 2020

An easy read - pretty standard murder mystery. Jane has used her house as her palette to record all the events in a Canadian town. Her death reveals all of the secrets of the town including her killer.

Aug 27, 2020

I have read all her books. I love them mostly because I don't know Whodunnit until the end. Hope she keeps it up. The movie wasn't very good but it was nice to see the town and the people but the man who played Gamache wasn't right. Still everyone was good, especially the one in the monastery.

Aug 27, 2020

The first two pages were promising. Then it went downhill. I was told that it had great characters- well, after 30 pages all I had were a bunch of names and useless descriptions. And a small town in which, apparently, everyone is a successful artist/antique dealer/bookseller... yet there aren't very many tourists. How is that supposed to work?

Is this what modern fiction is like? Maybe that's why I don't read much of it...

JCLHilaryS Aug 27, 2020

The first in a series of Canadian mysteries. They share many similarities with gentle mysteries, but have a bit more bite. There’s definitely a murder, but nothing too extravagant or gory in the details. And while Inspector Gamache is definitely a seasoned investigator, his calm and soothing manner reflect the atmosphere of the books. An excellent book for those who want a who-dunnit without a lot of violence and gore.

Jun 28, 2020

The detective series that Louise Penny begins with Still Life is one of my favorites. The novels have an interesting set of characters that continue from one novel to the next, including a detective more interested in morality than personal success. The focus on morality over law reminds me a lot of the Cadfael series by Edith Pargeter.

Jan 25, 2020

Love her books but I find the audio books by far the best way to enjoy the series

Jan 03, 2020

I found Still Life to be moderately interesting, at least enough that I will move on to read book 2 in the series.

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Mar 01, 2018

'When my death us do part
Then shall forgiven and forgiving meet
Or will it be, as always was, too late?

PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

If you pretend to know, you aren't going to actually learn.

PimaLib_SamR Feb 24, 2016

We choose our thoughts, we choose our perceptions, we choose our attitudes. We may not think so. We may not believe it, but we do.

Aug 04, 2015

"What do you see?" Elise asked Peter. (about of the art piece "Fair Day")
"Honestly, I don't know. But I know we need to accept it." p 11

Aug 04, 2015

"Tell me what you know," signaled the beginning of the hunt. p 35

Jun 28, 2012

"Now, can I interest you in a glass of wine, or perhaps a chandelier?"


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Sep 30, 2018

Jane Neal, an artist in the town of Three Pines, is shot with an arrow and dies. At the end of the mystery her home is revealed to have walls covered with her most amazing paintings.

Jun 28, 2012

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team investigate a suspicious death in rural Montreal. Instead of a tragic hunting accident it turns out to be murder.

Oct 16, 2011

murder in a small english town....centres around an artsy community and old grudges.....good

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