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Still Life

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"A Three Pines mystery" -- cover.


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Excellent submitted by amym on August 19, 2014, 12:35pm Louise Penny's books are more than just mysteries. They have thoughtful descriptions of friendship and grief. The characters are all painted in shades of grey - nobody is purely evil or completely good. Very nuanced, good book.

GREAT submitted by nadeensukhon on August 29, 2014, 12:17pm Great book, highly recommended

Excellent submitted by suttonp on June 19, 2017, 8:17am This is a thought provoking mystery. It is atmospheric as well as cozy;not an easy thing to accomplish. Louise Penny is an outstanding author who can always be counted on to make me want more. Most highly recommended!

Beautiful submitted by lballard on July 2, 2018, 5:12am This is a wonderful cozy mystery which not only gives a sense of place, but also has a number of characters with whom it’s a pleasure spending time. Her main character is such a good person.

A satisfying mystery submitted by teri on August 11, 2018, 3:38pm The first book of a great series. A blend of history, mystery, and just enough foodie descriptions to make you hungry - all set in a charming fictional village in Canada. The movie version (Still Life - A Three Pines Mystery, 2014) is also worth watching.

Still submitted by Anthany on July 14, 2020, 9:19am Still live

Disappointed submitted by CarolSeidl on January 23, 2021, 12:30am I've heard many people talk about how much they enjoy Inspector Gamache and the entire series by Louise Penny. I must admit that I'm not a big fan of mysteries. I once was but books in this genre typically don't interest me much anymore. Nevertheless, I occasionally come upon mysteries that I appreciate and given the hype surrounding this series, I thought Still Life would deliver.

I would have been happy to read a different book in the series but a couple of friends, as well as reviews I'd read online, recommended that I start with the first. I can't imagine how this book has received as many good reviews as it has. The story is plodding and implausible, many of the characters are poorly developed, the humor is juvenile at many points, and the writing rudimentary.

I kept wanting to quit and cut my losses but since friends' were interested in hearing my opinion, I forged on. I'm not sure I'm glad I did but I'm glad it's over. Au revoir Inspector Gamache et bon débarras!

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Three Pines

New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2006], c2005.
Year Published: 2005
Description: viii, 312 p. ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Police -- Québec (Province) -- Fiction.
Gamache, Armand (Fictitious character)
Victims of violent crimes -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
City and town life -- Québec (Province) -- Fiction.