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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,062 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date:
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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.

As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life—all except one …

To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident—a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?

In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets.

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards, Louise Penny’s Still Life introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with power, ingenuity, and charm.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rare treat.”


  • “It’s hard to decide what provides the most pleasure in this enjoyable book: Gamache, a shrewd and kindly man constantly surprised by homicide; the village, which sounds at first like an ideal place to escape from civilization; or the clever and carefully constructed plot.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A perfectly executed traditional mystery.”

    Denver Post

  • “Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A gem of a book.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don’t miss this stellar debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A gem of a debut novel—clever, charming, with perceptively realized characters…and the enormously appealing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. I can’t wait for the next installment.”

    Deborah Crombie, author of Water like a Stone

  • “An excellent, subtle plot full of understanding of the deeper places in human nature, and many wise observations that will enrich the reader long after the pages are closed.”

    Anne Perry, author of Long Spoon Lane

  • “Georges Simenon kept Maigret going for over a hundred books. It will be a delight for all of us who love detective fiction if Louise Penny can stay around long enough to do the same for Gamache.”

    Reginald Hill, author of The Stranger House

  • Still Life is a masterpiece of a traditional drawing room mystery, repainted in the autumnal colors of the Canadian countryside. Louise Penny is a storytelling artist.”

    Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of To Darkness and to Death

  • “What a joy it is to discover a detective like Armand Gamache, strong, calm and charismatic and at work on a good mystery in a believable setting.”

    Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise | 2/10/2014

    " Lovely little read. Intriguing characters. Just a fun mystery. I enjoyed it. It gets a 7 on my 10 scale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle Peabody | 1/30/2014

    " After Maisie Dobbs, this is my new favorite detective series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nerfzilla | 1/27/2014

    " I was so excited to begin a new mystery series. I was so hoping to adore it. It's very slow and very well written and I hated it until three quarters through it. I was just incredibly bored and looked forward to being finished so I could try again. I think it's a nice book as a novel, but complete crap as a mystery, even a cozy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cari | 1/24/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed a mystery after not having read one for some time...the Quebec setting was also new to me and I found the characters interesting and the final chapters surprised me- love it when I can't pick the "who done it" character. Looking forward to going through more investigations with Mr. Armand and his crew- except that Yvette Nichol, didn't care for her one bit! "

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