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Still Life: Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1 | [Louise Penny]

Still Life: Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1

The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.
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The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets....

Coming soon: Book 2 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, Dead Cold. Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues.

©2005 Louise Penny (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Love Louise Penny's writing"

    I read Still Life out of order. I had already read a number of books in the Inspector Gamache series and decided that it was a good idea to go back and start from the beginning. One of the disappointing things about this decision was hearing the rendition by Adam Sims. Had I not heard Ralph Cosham's masterful rendition in later books, I would not have had anything to compare this book to. But I have, and Mr. Cosham brings something special to Ms. Penny's books that Mr. Sims was not able to accomplish, despite a good performance overall. As usual, this was a twisted, convoluted story that left the reader wondering "who dun nit" until quite far into the story. I just love the characters... especially Ruth Zardo.
    This is a fascinating group of people and I will keep reading until I have caught up. Can't wait to read the new book!!!

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  • Anne
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Still Life again? Why?

    Yes. I like the setting, characters & philosophical musings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The investigator in this series isn't a troubled man. He loves his wife and his colleagues and doesn't have too many issues with authority. Canada is beautifully evoked through landscape & characters. These are gentle, thoughtful books.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gill Le Fevre
    Reading, UK
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    "endured this; not bad in the end"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Louise Penny again?

    Probably not. I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters but was sufficiently interested in the whodunit to persevere. The main police characters were reasonably engaging but the "suspects" were pretty much entirely annoying and unsympathetic. And there were a number of loose ends (e.g. the junior police officer) that weren't answered. Unfortunately I don't care enough to read the second book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Sims’s performances?

    The performance here was really irritating. Every sentence was read with huge amounts of drama... "And then he poured himself a cup of tea!!!!".


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