Book Reviews

A Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Author: Louise Penny
Published Date: 2007
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 293
Stars: 3

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 a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

This is the first book in the Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny. I love this series! Every time I pick up a book in this series, it feels like coming home. First, you have the quaint little village of Three Pines. Then, you have a quirky cast of characters that you grow to love, throw in an intriguing mystery in every book, and I’m hooked. The caveat though, is that you will not love the first book – you may even have trouble sludging your way through it, but don’t give up! Most people say the series hits it’s stride around book 3 or 4. Personally, I was hooked by book 2, and promptly read books 3 and 4 in quick succession. The plots get more complex, the author goes deeper with the characters, and she raises the bar every time. There are 12 books in all, with a new one coming out on August 29th.

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  1. […] I’m only on book five of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, so this is a bit anticlimactic that I won’t actually be reading Glass Houses on it’s release date. I thought I should include it though, for any lucky Louise Penny fans that are current in the series. Glass Houses is the thirteenth and I’m not there yet, not because I’m not enjoying the series – quite the opposite – I love it so much, I never want to be without a new book of hers to look forward to. I wrote about my love for this series in another blog post A Still Life. […]

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