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Still life
Louise Penny
Adult Fiction PENNY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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 Sorete du Quebec. 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Janet Neal is killed by someone using a bow and arrow in the woods by her home in Three Pines, Quebec. Since it is hunting season, the police do not know if her death was accidental or deliberate. Janet, a retired schoolteacher, had touched the lives of all the villagers, so her death hits them hard, especially her neighbor and friend Clara Morrow. Debut novelist Penny writes poignantly about life in a small hamlet and how the work of an artist can be misunderstood. Three Pines harbors a small colony of artists, and Penny uses poetry and the creation of art and its acceptance or rejection by the world at large as the prime mover of the story. A first-rate creator of memorable characters, Penny introduces a truly engaging sleuth in Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, who is sent to investigate and in the process falls in love with Three Pines and its inhabitants. Strongly recommended for most mystery collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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