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Still Life : A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete 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. 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 337 pages
  • 104 x 173 x 25mm | 136g
  • St. Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1250068738
  • 9781250068736
  • 12,950

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"Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. Filled with unexpected insights." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A gem of a book . . . a beautifully told, lyrically written story of love, life, friendship, and tragedy." --Booklist (starred review) "Cerebral, wise, and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A perfectly executed traditional mystery." --Denver Post "Penny has written the kind of debut many writers merely dream of, and she leaves readers dreaming of Gamache's next case." --Richmond Times-Dispatch "Penny's writing is so descriptive, so evocative of the beautiful autumn Canadian landscape that she makes one wish to move north as rapidly as possible. Inspector Gamache is himself an elegant, intelligent, kind, observant, and wise family man, everyone's dream of a Quebecois, the French Canadian who, along with his endearing and professional team, will solve the murder." --Utah Daily Heraldshow more

About Louise Penny

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montreal.show more

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete 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. 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.show more

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