Shelf Control #200: Still Life by Louise Penny

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Title: Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, #1)
Author: Louise Penny
Published: 2005
Length: 321 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life – all except one…

To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?

In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets…

How and when I got it:

Picked up at a library book sale, sometime within the last few years.

Why I want to read it:

Talk about being late to the party. EVERYONE seems to love this series, and I can’t even tell you how many people have pushed this book on me over the years. And while I’m not a huge mystery fan, the small-town, remote setting absolutely appeals to me, and I’ve heard nothing but good things. In fact, the main reason I still haven’t started this book is the fact that the series is up to 15 books so far! I’m afraid that I’ll like it TOO much, will want to continue, and will end up with a new obsession. Call me crazy. I know I’m missing out, and just have to convince myself to dive in!

What do you think? Have you read this book? Have you read the whole series? And if I start, will I be able to stop?

Please share your thoughts!

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17 thoughts on “Shelf Control #200: Still Life by Louise Penny

    • The folks in my book group adore her books and can’t stop talking about them! She’s apparently really popular… so I feel quite left behind. 🙂

  1. I heard everything you heard, read the book, went “huh” and walked away from the series. THEN I heard that it’s in the following books that her work really shines. But have not gotten around to book 2

    • Interesting — that’s good to know! Sometimes, with these ongoing series, it can take a few books before the overarching story really kicks in. I’ll give it a try!

  2. FABULOUS series–the characters are sooooooo good! Only disappointment is if you do audiobooks for it like I do (on my commute) the long-time “reader” died so we change to Robert Bathurst a nice, but odd choice to voice a French Canadian. I’m used to it now, but it was a huge adjustment. The author did an memorial-like talk on the deceased at the start of the first book voiced by Robert. Very nice.

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