Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

Title: Still Life
Author: Louise Penny
Year Published: 2005

Genre: Adult Fiction (mystery)
Pages: 312
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map)Canada

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book for myself

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods on Thanksgiving morning. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season....

Review: When I posted that I had purchased this book so many people commented that the Louise Penny books are fantastic so I was really ready to read! It took me a while to get into this book, but it had me about half way in.

I love that this book (and the rest of the books in the series, I presume) takes place in a small village where everyone knows everyone and all their business. The characters had daily routines that include visiting in the local B and B, chatting at the local bookstore, walking their dogs in the woods. It all seems so civilized and friendly. I think that's why it's such a good location for a murder mystery. Someone in the village must have done it! That means there is a murderer amongst their friends, someone they love and trust. Taking an idyllic village and turning it upside down was very effective.

I also found the Quebec part of the book interesting. The conflict and tension between French and English speakers was apparent and a strong undertone. I am not well versed on the issue, knowing only that Quebec is French and proud of that fact.

I will read more of the books in the series. I am interested to see if all the mysteries take place just in the village or if outsiders come in to wreak havoc.

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