Really Enjoyed First Book in This Inspector Gamache Series

Still Life - Louise Penny

Thanks to all who recommended this one! It was really good. I can't wait to get my hands on book #2. This first book had a lot of twists and turns. I honestly didn't know who done it or why. But once you get to the end everything is revealed. 

 

I think this is the first book I have read that is set in Quebec. That alone intrigued me. But reading about Inspector Gamache and his methods was a lot of fun. 

 

I thought the writing at times was lyrical. And I loved how Gamache was able to just find out more by listening. He is definitely someone you want to be your mentor and the one woman who is trying to do her best to show how smart she is, who keeps showing again and again why her being in law enforcement is probably not a good fit. 

 

"Still Life" investigates the death of Jane Neal. Jane has lived in Three Pines, Quebec her whole life. A local artist who has never shown her work until now. When one of her paintings gets approved to be in a local art show, Jane is killed days later. Found in the woods and shot by a bow, there are several people who may have wanted Jane dead. Though many think it was an accident, Gamache realizes fairly early on that it was murder. 

 

I think ultimately this book was about jumping to conclusions about people based on what they say. Ultimately actions are what are important. I would love to visit this village again since we get enough foreshadowing that something evil still lurks there at the end of this book.