still life
In the first in the award-winning Three Pines series, we meet the residents of Three Pines.  The tiny village in Quebec has never known crime, until one of their most loved residents is found murdered in the bright and brittle maple woods, on Thanksgiving.  Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the head of homicide for the Surete du Quebec. 

As he investigates he discovers Three Pines is hiding secrets, and the villagers are not all they appear. 
Critically acclaimed, STILL LIFE has won the UK Dagger, the Canadian Ellis and the US Dilys.  It has been shortlisted for the Anthony and the Barry awards.
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The beauty of Louise Penny's auspicious debut novel, STILL LIFE, is that it's composed entirely of grace notes, all related to the central mystery of who shot an arrow into the heart of Miss Jane Neal… But, like her neighbors in the picturesque Canadian village of Three Pines, the dear old thing had hidden depths, courtesy of an author whose deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot…Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, who is as bemused as we are by life in Three Pines, has the wit and insight to look well beyond its idyllic surface.

Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Sunday Book Review

Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut.

Starred Kirkus Review

Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series.

Starred Publishers Weekly