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Starred Review.Canadian Penny's terrific first novel, which was the runner-up for the CWA's Debut Dagger Award in 2004, introduces Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it appears she's the victim of a hunting accident. Summoned to the scene, Gamache, an appealingly competent senior homicide investigator, soon determines that the woman was most likely murdered. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. She deftly uses the bilingual, bicultural aspect of Quebecois life as well as arcane aspects of archery and art to deepen her narrative. Memorable characters include Jane; Jane's shallow niece, Yolande; and a delightful gay couple, Olivier and Gabri. Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series.(July)
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ISBN-10:  0312541538
ISBN-13:  978-0312541538
Author:  Louise Penny
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
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review by . October 10, 2010
Louise Penny has done Canada truly proud with a debut mystery novel that can be characterized as roughly halfway between the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the deeper, psychological much darker mysteries starring the likes of angst-ridden detective Harry Bosch.      Three Pines is a small, primarily English-speaking town in Quebec's Eastern Townships, the beautiful wooded area bordering on the more rugged White Mountains of Vermont. The citizens of Three Pines are …
Quick Tip by . October 10, 2010
A debut mystery novel set in rural Quebec that can be characterized as roughly halfway between the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the deeper, psychological much darker mysteries starring the likes of angst-ridden detective Harry Bosch.
review by . May 25, 2010
The fictional Three Pines is a tiny village south of Montreal, the creation of Canadian author Louise Penny. "Still Life" is the first offering in her Three Pines series, and in it we meet the villagers and learn some of their foibles.     Penny's detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, gets the call to Three Pines at the usual inconvenient time, on his way to a family christening on Thanksgiving Sunday (mid-October, in Canada). But there's no convenient …
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