Friday, June 23, 2017

Still Life --Louise Penny

Fiction / Mystery  

321 pages / 1187 KB
5 Stars

A perfect cozy to cuddle up with! Agatha Christie would be proud to have written this book.

This is the first in a series, and introduces us to the chief character, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, and takes place in the little village just outside Quebec, Three Pines. I've been informed that one should not spend their time looking for the village on a map—it doesn't exist anywhere but the writer's imagination. Drat!

If you want lots of violence, gunfights, car chases in your mysteries, keep on walking, ignore this delightful book. If you want, as the cover says, a "cerebral, wise, and compassionate..." mystery, then stop, pick this one off the shelf (physical or virtual), and enjoy.

The characters are well-developed, interesting, and for the most part, likable. A school of red herrings swims in and out of the scenes, but they do not swim up and bite you, or otherwise demand your attention. They are there, but quiet and unobtrusive, as a proper fish should be.

This is the debut novel of the series, and I can hardly wait to read the rest. Several are now out, so I don't have to wait too long.

A perfect book for the beach, or a winter's night by the fire. A great escape.

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