If you like mystery, intrigue, a beautifully told story, and a hint of love added in for good measure, you're bound to love the novel, Still Life.
Jane Neal was a fixture in the small town of Three Pines. The retired teacher and budding artist was well-known in the area, so when she was found dead, the entire community was shocked. Being a rural town where hunting is prevalent, and the fact that she was found with an arrow in her by the woods made it a pretty much open and shut case. When investigator Armand Gamache arrives from Montreal, he sees things through different eyes. As he and his assistants delve deeper into the lives of the people in the town, they discover unexpected and sinister information that they didn't expect. The plot unravels slowly, and with each twist and turn, the truth slowly comes to light.
Still Life is the first book in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, and has won several awards. The second book, A Fatal Grace, won the Agatha Award in 2008. To date there are 9 books in the series. Before writing, Penny worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for several years. She spends her time in her home south of Montreal, Canada writing, skiing, and helping others.
If you enjoy reading a story with some mystery and an unpredictable storyline, Still Life is a great choice. Being the first story in the series, you may find you can't wait to listen to the whole collection.
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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.
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.