Still Life

Louise Penny

Published January 2005

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1
First and foremost, I want to apologize for slacking off on writing this week.  I actually had an eventful weekend and everything was pushed to side other than spending time with my best friend who came into town to visit me.  Being separated from your BFF by 600 miles is hard, and you have to take advantage of the time you are able to spend together. Anyways!
I love detective stories. Maybe my soul is older than my 26 year old body, but the coziness of the “whodunnit” stories always feels like home.  In the novel Still Life, Louise Penny has done a fantastic job of grabbing me and pulling me into her quaint town, and even quainter characters from page one.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called to the scene of a suspicious death in the small village of Three Pines. Poor Jane Neal, a lovely elderly woman, and town favorite, 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, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bow hunter.