Yes. The characters are lively.
Inspector Gamache, for his insight.
All scenes inside the B&B.
All Clara's memories of Jane.
A perfectly woven tale filled with wonderful human insight, both humerous and otherwise.
Thoughtful story, likable characters, easy listening, great humor, and a mystery! What more could you ask for?
He's got great expression and I just love listening to him.
Tis was a murder in a small town, but the small town was in Quebec, so there was an element of the exotic. The characters came from several walks of life and the main detective knew how to communicate with them all. Well done
This review written by Jane Fine
It is wonderful to discover a contemporary writer who can spin a good mystery without extreme descriptive violence. Ms. Penny gets the point across about the violence of the murder through psycological nuance rather than having to resort to detailed blood and gore. So much can skilfully be said with "less is more" style of writing.
Penny's characters are interesting, although I kept feeling one of the characters in the story was a few steps ahead of the detective in finally "figuring it all out"; but the detective shows a great understanding of human character, much like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, so like them, he puts it all together for the cast of characters in the end.
I gave it 4 star's rather than 5 because I feel that, overall, the book could have been longer with a bit more flushing out of various character's personalities for more depth. I was just left with a little bit of disappointment in that regard.
I'm already on to Ms. Penny's next mystery in the series! Certainly worth that.
Inspector Gamache is a cross between Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby of Midsomer Murder fame and Chief Inspector Magrait of Paris. He is entertaining as well as firmly entrenched in the case he is working on. I was looking for a new series of books to listen to and I just found it.
This is the only way I could figure out how to correct my previous review of The Beautiful Mystery and note that I erred in writing Twin Pines, instead of Three Pines. Yes, I do know the difference between the two!
I did read Still Life and love this book!
Still Life lives up to its title, giving us quiet beauty. A story told in human scale, unfolding and coming back together, completing the perfect circle.
I stumbled upon this series after this book was on sale. I LOVED it and have happily read / listend to all that Louise Penny has written. With this series, she introduces us to a group of fascinating detectives in Quebec. Ralph Cosham's lovely voice adds so much to the stories and his French pronunciation is great. His voice and Penny's words paint a vivid picture of these interesting characters. This is the kind of book that draws you in and makes you feel both satisfied and sad when it is over. Highly recommend!
I miss the voice of the narrator after the book is over. I enjoy the stories and writing by Louise Penny. I know I am going to like her book when I buy it.
I would listen to Still Life again. It has a slow, almost soothing pace to it, and the story is more about the characters, their lives, and life in general than the climax of the plot. It's good to find out who did what at the end, but this book is more about the journey than the destination. Also, the trappings of life and culture in Quebec are quite charming. It's an interesting glimpse into a part of the world I know nothing about.
Yes, I would. It depends on what they're looking for, however. It's a slower book, but sometimes that's exactly what people want.
The scene in which Jane's art is shown to the committee for the first time. It's interesting to have your own judgment of the art change through each review.
No. But I found it moving, especially as regards the sub-plot of a young gay teen who is struggling with his identity.