How envious I am of the person who picks it up for the first time and has the incomparable pleasure of meeting Inspector Armand Gamache. As you read, you discover the picturesque village of Three Pines, located outside Montreal but oh so many worlds away. And in Three Pines one comes face to face with many characters who inhabit the village with an alarming amount of murder and intrigue. With all their flaws, you root for some, chuckle at others and embrace them all like family. Enjoy.— Pat
“I've fallen in love with a charming rural village in Canada and with a most delightful man, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. Excellent characterization and plotting and a wonderful sense of humor make this a treasure to be savored. Don't miss it!”
— Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache 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 US border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, 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 bow hunter.
Still Life, a Debut Dagger honor book in the UK, 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.