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Still life
2006
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Characters
Armand Gamache (Male), Chief inspector, Married, Canadian, Investigating the suspicious death of a local, a 76-year-old woman, from the tiny hamlet of Three Pines
Genre
Mystery
Fiction
Suspense
Topics
Suspicious deaths
Village life
Estranged families
Aunts
Elderly women
Search for truth
Bigotry
Hunting
Setting
Quebec - Canada
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

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  Publishers Weekly Review

Canadian Penny's terrific first novel, which was the runner-up for the CWA's Debut Dagger Award in 2004, introduces Armand Gamache of the Sorete du Quebec. When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it appears she's the victim of a hunting accident. Summoned to the scene, Gamache, an appealingly competent senior homicide investigator, soon determines that the woman was most likely murdered. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. She deftly uses the bilingual, bicultural aspect of Quebecois life as well as arcane aspects of archery and art to deepen her narrative. Memorable characters include Jane; Jane's shallow niece, Yolande; and a delightful gay couple, Olivier and Gabri. Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.<br> <br> 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.<br> Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces---and this series---with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.
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