Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life by Louise Penny Book Summary


Read the series that inspired Three Pines on Prime Video.

In Still Life, bestselling author Louise Penny introduces Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec.

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec 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.

Still Life Book Details

Book Name Still Life
Genre British Detectives
Author Louise Penny
Published 30 September 2008, Tuesday
Price $9.99
E-Book Size 3.62 MB

Still Life by Louise Penny Book Reviews

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Loved it. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, will be sure to read more..


Still life. Another wonderful Louise Penny.The richness of characters-the character of characters is so terrific that I regret finishing the last page. The author has another gift I love; a turn of phrase and metaphor that leads me to stop, find a notebook and capture the picture. always an enjoyable experience. Hurry and write some more!


Great book!. I am new to Louise Penny, and this book made me realize I have been missing out on a truly wonderful writer. Her characters are people you want to know or know someone just like them. This wasn’t a mystery at breakneck speed. This was a book about relationships and real people I want to know. The plot was clever, and while I cared who did it and why, it was a good journey getting from A to Z.


Bad writing. I originally purchased this book because it was recommended to me by a friend, but one chapter in I was already regretting my purchase. The wrting is "telling" instead of "showing and I predicted the outcome very early on. Boring and predictable.


Well done. This was the first book by Louise Penny I have ever read, but now I will read all Imcan find. The writing is beautiful and the humor, when it comes, is in character and delightful. The humanity in the book! The characters are real and the evil is real. The plotting and suspense are original. Nothing about this book is formula. This is not just a good read. It is a fine book.


Read the whole series in order.. The police chief, his wife, his children, the dog, the neighbors in Three Pines, Quebec culture and history. There is a mood in this series that’s hypnotic. You’ll fall in love .

Bern Marie

Still Life.. While reading this book, the author introduces us to the villagers @ Three Pines. They are all believable, caring people with flaws as we all have. they are a tight community which accepts each one’s flaws and idiosyncrasies and still cares for them. Good story line, characters, and plot. Have read several of Louise Penny’s novels in the series and like them all.


This book lost me by the first chapter. What a waste of $10.. Ugh, aweful. Waste of $10, and the 10 minutes it took to hate it.

Mystery lover 61

The best.. Louise Penny writes with humor, compassion, intelligence and elegance. Her novels are to be savored but one usually devours them instead as they are so well done. The settings are divine and one is totally drawn into the characters lives, homes and settings. By far the best mysteries available today.

Auggie's Man

Excellent, humorous writing and brilliant characters. The plot was a lot of fun, but what worked for me was the writing, dialog, thoughts and characters. I need to move on to my list of books to read, but maybe just a quick run through the next in the series first... Yes, that’s what I’ll do.


Begin at the beginning.. I love these books. The characters are so real. You’ll weep. You’ll rage. You will love. Enjoy the series. This is the beginning. ❤️


So boring. The characters were pretty basic, writing was meh, story was so boring I just skimmed the second half.


Good mystery but shallow development of characters. Too many platitudes


Still life. The plot could be written on a napkin. Very weak.


Still life. More than expected


Still life. An enjoyable mystery. Inspector Gamache is enjoyable, a little like Perot.

Wehr woman

Still life. Good story, good characters


One of the best. I seldom give mysteries five stars. This one deserves it. Great characters, complex plot, colorful, attentive to detail and faithful to the idea that artists go well beyond description.


Still Life. Beautifully written. Not so much a mystery as a sensitive and seductive portrait of humanity. Characters finely drawn. The kind of book that not only holds one's interest from first to last but forces one to stop every now and again to chew over the deeper significance of the author's insights.


Still life. Charming and well written. Great book to curl up with and wonderful mystery to get caught up in.


Still Life. Wonderfully written and easy to read. Delightfully subtle humor and interesting characters. I can't wait to read the next one.

Ferry Person

Well-written!. Louise Penny is one of the best contemporary mystery writers in North America. Her characters are well-drawn and complicated- new layers ( or is it depths?) are revealed under subsequent titles in this wonderful series. I was completely in love with Three Pines and its residents by the end of the first book and couldn't wait to find another so I could visit this village again.


Still Life. Truly enjoyed thhis book. The characters and the plot were clever. Had me laughing out loud!

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About Author "Louise Penny"

Louise Penny (born July 1, 1958) is a Canadian author of mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec centred on the work of francophone Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Penny's first career was as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). After she turned to writing, she won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year five times, including four consecutive years (2007–2010), and the Anthony Award for best novel of the year five times, including four consecutive years (2010–2013). Her novels have been published in 23 languages. Early life and career with the CBC Penny was born in Toronto, Canada, on July 1, 1958. Her mother was an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular liking for crime fiction, and Louise grew up reading mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Michael Innes.Penny earned a Bachelor of Applied Art....

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