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3.00033070866142 out of 53.00033070866142 out of 53.00033070866142 out of 53.00033070866142 out of 53.00033070866142 out of 5 3.00 (12,065 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: May 2014 ISBN: 9781427258311
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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.

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Penny has a gift with dialogue, and Cosham makes that gift pop for the audience…there is no mystery about the allure of Louise Penny's series or the beauty with which Ralph Cosham continues to narrate it. This is a series that should be experienced at least once on audio, and THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is the perfect choice. Shelf Awareness

  • Not enough praise can be accorded Ralph Cosham, who has served as the reader for all the audiobooks in this series. His voice is simply magnificent. Newark Star-Ledger

  • “A rare treat.”

    People

  • “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

  • Winner of Anthony Awards - Winner, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 7/25/2017

    " I'very read all Louise Penny's novels and loved them. So, I was anxious to try an audiobook. The audiobook was true to the novel, but a more animated narration would have made it wonderful. Thus, the narration was often monotone and drug at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 1/22/2014

    " Lovely read, looking forward to the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Laughlin | 1/19/2014

    " This book is a mystery my mother would enjoy, but a little too tame and predictable to get more than 2 stars from me. The head inspector guy was like able, though! The look at Canadian culture was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Blouch | 1/19/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Has the feel of an Agatha Christie or Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford stories. Looking forward to reading on in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Hall | 1/2/2014

    " First time with this writer and really enjoyed her. A Little more than just a mystery. Set in Quebec which is fun since I lived in Montreal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/25/2013

    " Good and clean who done it book. I will listen to more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 12/8/2013

    " All I can say is wow! A real good thing to be thankful for - finding a new series that, if the first book is any indication, will be a wonderful thing to read through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bea | 12/3/2013

    " First in a series of murder mysteries that take place in a quiet village in Canada. Great read for the beach or airplane. Held my interest and had no idea who the murderer was until all was unveiled. I understand the books must be read in order and I am looking forward to reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hanscom | 11/27/2013

    " OK, but not NEARLY as good as the reviews made it sound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Friend | 9/7/2013

    " This was a good book that described the small Canadian town as well as the main characters quite well. However I had figured out "who did it" way before the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tlg | 9/2/2013

    " I'm not usually a mystery reader, but I find this series of books to be good, fun beach reads. Not too taxing and fun lovable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Morden | 8/13/2013

    " Al of Louise Penny's mysteries are page turners with great plots and characters -- and I want to move to Three Pines! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Murrell | 6/15/2013

    " I love the Armand Gamache mysteries. So many light mysteries have terrible character development, but Louise Penny does a great job of making her characters complex and human. The mysteries are fun, not too scary (I HATE scary), and I enjoyed them enough to read all of them at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up and then put it down for awhile because I wasn't sure I liked it. I decided to try again and then I couldn't put it down. I am anxious to start the next book! It is a very good mystery which kept me guessing until the end. I like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Taylor | 12/3/2012

    " Not as good as Bury Your Dead but still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Miller | 10/30/2012

    " Louise Penny transports you to Quebec and their culture. Makes you a part of three pines in short order. The format was so different from so many mysteries. The mysteries was solved more like I imagine real police work. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karenbike Patterson | 10/18/2012

    " Plods along until the last 30- 40 pages. Not "thrilling" but predictable. Some good characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 9/30/2012

    " Terrific mystery, although I figured out the killer before the last chapter, it didn't disappoint. Looks like a great series, and one that was suggested to me many times. Glad I finally took the plunge! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Laughy | 3/13/2012

    " Good characters. Good storyline. Hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zinnia Blom | 2/9/2012

    " I love it! A cozy mysteries with good personal and environmental books. Not unnecessary bloody descriptions a detective novel based on psychology with unexpected twists. Recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 2/4/2012

    " Very nice mystery set in Quebec. I like murder in the cold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/15/2011

    " Not bad for a cozy mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/4/2011

    " Took a while to catch the rhythm of Louise Penny's writing but by the end I was looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 5/4/2011

    " Mystery novel with well drawn characters; gives a peak into small village life in Quebec. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/2/2011

    " Just discovered this author and can't wait to read more! It was a little slow to start, but once into it, I really enjoyed it. A classic "British" mystery that actually takes place in Canada. Loved it - can't wait to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbie | 4/30/2011

    " Loved it. Kind of fell in love with Three Pines, and everyone in it! AND Inspector Gamache "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/26/2011

    " this is the beginning of a wonderful adventure in three pines. you will fall in love with the unique characters and jump at the chance to read the next mystery in the series. get reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/25/2011

    " A little slow getting into,not too suspenseful, but did enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 4/23/2011

    " I listened to this book the first time around and loved it. I read it for my book club this time and savored the story, the characters, and the language all over again -- in short, better than ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochelle | 4/16/2011

    " Still reading. So far, very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 4/16/2011

    " I like detective novel and this was a gentle approach more about the villagers and their conncetions i am looking forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edie | 4/14/2011

    " This is the first Louise Penny novel that I've read, and I will definitely look for more. My only complaint was the wordiness at the end that made the suspense painful. I really wanted to know who did it and why sooner than the author revealed the details. "

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About the Author
Author Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and multiple Agatha Awards and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada “for her contribution to Canadian culture.”

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.