- File Size: 1005 KB
- Print Length: 321 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (September 30, 2008)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2008
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001OLRMZA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In charge of the investigation is Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. Although he is in his mid-fifties, "violent death still surprised him." Gamache is a man of integrity with keen powers of observation, and he is an excellent listener with an uncanny ability to make people reveal their innermost thoughts. Assisting Gamache is Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir, who has been Gamache's second-in-command for over ten years. Agent Yvette Nichol, an arrogant and impulsive young woman, is new to the team, and she quickly annoys her superiors with her irritating and smug attitude.
The varied cast of townspeople includes Clara and Peter Morrow, who are local artists; Clara, who was extremely close to Jane, is devastated by the old woman's death. Olivier and Gabri are gay partners who run a bistro and a bed and breakfast, and early in the book, they are victims of a vicious assault by three boys who mock the pair's sexual orientation. Myrna Landers is a former psychologist who has deep insight into the human condition.Read more ›
Here are my favorite current mystery series authors: P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes...and Louise Penny. Yes, she's that good. Trust me. Read STILL LIFE, then read A FATAL GRACE, the second in the series and every bit as good as the first one. I can't wait for #3. Highly recommended.
Inspector Gamache IS an appealing and intelligent character. All of the officers are supposed to be sharp in intellect. That made it strange (and annoying) to see how young officer Nichol misunderstood her superior's advice. It was also mystifying how Gamache, who is so observant and understanding of human nature, could not see how his advice to Nichol had gone wrong.
Finally, I just didn't "buy" the villian of the book. There were enough other plausible suspects to make it interesting, but, in the end, I couldn't believe that the killer could have kept his or her true nature hidden from so many intelligent people for so long. How could the other villagers have not seen something to make them know the nature of this callous individual over the many years they had lived together closely? In a big city where you nod hello to the other people in your apartment building, then I buy that you say "He seemed like such a nice guy." I grew up in a small town, and I found it hard to believe that almost no one really knew the killer. I want to read a mystery that makes sense and that is internally consistent, but I felt this book fell a bit short in that regard.
The Kindle edition has study questions at the end, and one is "Which character in Three Pines would you like to have coffee with?" I honestly (and sadly) couldn't think of one. I could barely remember anyone's name.
Sorry to be such a negative nellie. I just wanted to warn any potential readers who (like me) had heard how wonderful these books are not to get their hopes up too much. This first one, at least, is very weak tea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time reading this author and I loved not only the cozy setting but also how intimately I got to know the characters. Read morePublished 2 days ago by bmwebster
Wow. I bought this as a Kindle Daily Deal and I am SO glad I did. I am now absolutely hooked on this author and excited to read more in the series! Read morePublished 2 days ago by emily
Was disappointed because of all 4 and 5 star reviews. Disconnected and not realistic. However beautifully written about Canadian small town life.Published 2 days ago by Shannon Oldham
A very good read.,and worthy of the time it takes to enjoy the story. As I have lived with an artist for many years I identified with the themes of artists ,lifestyles,evolving of... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Grace
I liked the story. My complaint would be the writing is a bit smarmy and overdone throughout. Many thoughts repeated several times. Howevver, liked the main characters.Published 8 days ago by cozyreader
This was my first inspector gamache book so it took me a bit to get into the characters but before finishing found myself fully drawn into the story and its cast...getting book twoPublished 8 days ago by Wendy
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