Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |
Still Life is the novel that introduced readers to the now-beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, who heads up homicide investigations in Quebec's Eastern Townships. Artist Jane Neal is found dead and the crime rocks the small, seemingly safe community. It's up to Gamache to figure out the culprit in Louise Penny's uniquely Canadian thriller, which is as intelligent as it is page-turning.
Still Life won the Barry Award for Best First Novel, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
From the book:
He was surprised to see her. That was his little secret. Not that he'd ever seen her before. No. His little secret was that in his mid-fifties, at the height of a long and now apparently stalled career, violent death still surprised him. Which was odd, for the head of homicide, and perhaps one of the reasons he hadn't progressed further in the cynical world of the Sûreté. Gamache always hoped maybe someone had gotten it wrong, and there was no dead body. But there was no mistaking the increasingly rigid Miss Neal. Straightening up with the help of Inspector Beauvoir, he buttoned his lined Burberry against the October chill and wondered.
From Still Life by Louise Penny ©2005. Published by Sphere.