March 2012 Guest Editor Alan Bradley on Louise Penny...
Still Life was the first of fellow Canadian Louise Penny’s “Three Pines” novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec. Louise’s follow-ups (seven so far and another soon to come) have gone on to win an astonishing four Agatha Awards – and every one of them richly deserved.
The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets...
“A rare treat.” - People magazine
“It’s hard to decide what provides the most pleasure in this enjoyable book: Gamache, a shrewd and kindly man constantly surprised by homicide; the village, which sounds at first like an ideal place to escape from civilization; or the clever and carefully constructed plot.”
— Chicago Tribune
“Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don’t miss this stellar debut.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Terrific. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A gem of a book.” — Booklist (starred review)
“[An] auspicious debut… [Penny’s] deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||7th April 2011|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Louise Penny has worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with expertise in hard news and current affairs. She lives in Quebec with her husband and their two golden retrievers.More About Louise Penny