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Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1) (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Louise Penny, Ralph Cosham (Narrator)

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Title:Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1)
Authors:Louise Penny
Other authors:Ralph Cosham (Narrator)
Info:Blackstone Audio, Inc., 8 discs, 9 1/2 hours.
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Still Life by Louise Penny (2005)

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Substance: The mystery itself was okay. I did not care for the rookie with personality issues; she took up too much space. The Inspector was okay, but not going to become one of my favorites, because of the writer's style. A reasonable display of lif lessons, but rather forced.
Style: Every chapter is a back-stitch; the suspense is faux most of the time. The relationships border on Club Romance. ( )
  librisissimo | Jul 14, 2014 |
I will continue to read about Gamache. ( )
  judgedee | Jun 22, 2014 |
Decent whodunnit set in a picturesque Canadian village, but the author's writing style jarred for me (a debut novel, so perhaps she improves with practice), and I didn't particularly like any of the characters (or that we were invited to sneer at practically every woman except the dead one, on account of their character defects or physical flaws). I'm not a big fan of cosy crime, so perhaps not surprising that I didn't get hooked. ( )
  imyril | Jun 7, 2014 |
Detective fiction in a classic style set in French speaking Canada. This is the first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec novel. Good characterizations. SRH ( )
  StaffReads | May 24, 2014 |
Detective fiction in a classic style set in French speaking Canada. This is the first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec novel. Good characterizations. ( )
  St.CroixSue | May 24, 2014 |
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The beauty of Louise Penny’s auspicious debut novel, STILL LIFE, is that it’s composed entirely of grace notes, all related to the central mystery of who shot an arrow into the heart of Miss Jane Neal,...
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Louise Pennyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggesvik, AstridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kõrgvee, EdeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagano, KiyomiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ram, TitiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruiz Jara, BeatrizTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is given, along with all my heart, to Michael
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Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist of Thanksgiving Sunday.
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She also felt a stirring that suggested she didn't actually like her son. Love, yes. Well, probably. But like?
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
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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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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the S?urete du Quebec 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.--From publisher description.… (more)

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