Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Book Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)

Still Life
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martins (2005)
293 pages

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called away from his family on Thanksgiving Day to a suspicious death in a small village outside of Montreal. Life in the village of Three Pines is generally quiet. As is common in small villages, most of the residents know one another. Some have lived in the village for generations, while others are new to the area. Jane Neal, the reason for Inspector Gamache's visit to the village, had lived there for decades. When it is discovered that the cause of her death is a hunter's arrow, many assume it must have been an accident. But, if so, why has no one come forward? As Inspector Gamache and his team begin their investigation, they find that things are more complicated than they first appeared.

This series by Louise Penny has been recommended to me by several people. So I had to try it for myself. The book was well written and the characters well developed. I especially liked Inspector Gamache and I detested agent Yvette Nichol. Louise Penny's insight into why people do what they do was fascinating. The mystery itself was interesting and we got to learn something about bow hunting along with Inspector Gamache and his team. However, when the story was finished I did not feel a sense of satisfaction, but instead I was left feeling unsettled.

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