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Still Life (2005)

af Louise Penny

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Serier: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (1)

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Krimi. I landsbyen Three Pines er der normalt fred og idyl. Men da kunstmaleren Jane Neal bliver fundet død i skoven, skudt af en pil, bliver kriminalkommissær Armand Gamache og hans team tilkaldt, og nogle af det lille samfunds hemmeligheder kommer frem i lyset
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    Sort som ravnen af Ann Cleeves (y2pk)
    y2pk: Inspector Jimmy Perez investigates murder in a small isolated community located on the Shetland Islands of Northern Scotland.
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Her first Inspector Gamache book. All her Gamache books are great, but best read chronologically (the characters grow with time), so this is where to start. ( )
  thom2j | Jun 29, 2024 |
A little disappointing. A few chapters, 7 - 8 I think, "a lotta yaddah", didn't do much for me, though I'm sure the sleuths here would disagree. The final scene was a "thriller". Interesting, but Gamache wasn't the first to begin the big reveal which occurs in the penultimate chapter. The last chapter was a group-wide discussion of motives, means, and opportunity. ( )
  applemcg | Jun 27, 2024 |
I listened to the book on audio and loved it! I was already invested in the characters and the wonderful community of Three Pines as I had read many of the other books in the series. These books are more about the very human characters, with their quirks and flaws, rather than the actual solving of crimes, which have a lot of underlying psychological aspects to them. I also appreciated the humor of the characters, with many subtle, clever one-liners. ( )
  AnnieKMD | Jun 23, 2024 |
Have read the whole series, but I was heading to Canada and would be visiting Knowlton (aka Three Pines) so I felt it would be appropriate to re-read the first book. It was a good decision! ( )
  carolfoisset | May 21, 2024 |
Still Life by Louise Penny

BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS:

Print: © October 3, 2005; ISBN: 9780312352554; PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Minotaur; PAGES: 312 Unabridged; (Info from Goodreads.com)
Digital: ©: May, 2019; eISBN: 978-1429967235; PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Minotaur Edition; PAGES: 312; Unabridged (First published in Great Britain by Headline Book Publishing. Info from Kindle version borrowed through Libby app.)
*Audio: COPYRIGHT ©: 5 May 2014; PUBLISHER: Macmillan Audio; DURATION: 10 hours (approx.); Unabridged; (Info from Amazon.com)
Feature Film or tv: ©: 2013; PDM Entertainment and Attraction Images. Stars Nathaniel Parker.

SERIES: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mystery, Book 1

MAIN CHARACTERS: (Not comprehensive)
Armand Gamache – Chief Inspector of the Surete du Quebec (Montreal)
Reine-Marie Gamache – Armand’s spouse.
Jean Guy Beauvoir – 35 year old Inspector serving under Armand Gamache for the past 10 years.
Isabelle Lacoste – an agent under Gamache (seems to be the forensic specialist)
Jane Neal – Local spinster
Lucy – Jane’s dog
Yvette Nichol – Agent in training
Robert Lemieux – Duty officer with the Cowansville Surete
Benjamin (Ben) Hadley – Local Villager
Timmer Hadley – Local Villager, Benjamin’s mother
Daisy - Ben’s dog
Peter Morrow – Local Villager, spouse of Clara
Clara Morrow – Local Villager, spouse of Peter
Ruth Zardo – Local Villager with a bad attitude
Matt hew Croft – Local Villager, spouse of Suzanne
Suzanne Croft – Local Villager, spouse of Matthew
Philippe Croft – 14 year old son of Suzanne and Matthew
Yolande Fontaine – Local Villager, spouse of Andre Malenfant, niece of Jane Neal
Andre Malenfant – 37-year-old Local Villager, spouse of Yolande
Bernard Malenfant – 14-year-old son of Yolande and Andre
Olivier Brule – Local Bistro owner, spouse of Gabri
Gabriel (Gabri) Dubeau – Local Villager, spouse of Olivier
Myrna Landers – Local bookshop owner

SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
SELECTED: My friend, Isa, mentioned that she’d heard this author is good. The same day I read her email, I found the first set of Louise Penny’s books at a used book sale. I got them for Isa, and downloaded the audio version of this first one.
Don and I had a few options for our next listen, so we started this one tentatively. Don lost interest. I figured it was because a slew of characters are introduced early on, taxing one’s memory to recall who is who.
When it came time, the next time we were in the car, to pull up an audiobook, Don suggested one of the others, rather than returning to this. In the meantime my lending period expired, and it was many months before I thought to check it out again and listen on my own.
ABOUT: A small quaint village peopled with many artists and archers, is regularly inundated by out-of-town dear - (dog, cow, horse, and people) shooting hunters, so when one of their own, a particularly kind and well-respected former teacher, meets with an untimely death due to what appears to be a hunting-mishap, the first assumption is that her death was an accident. But as the officials from Montreal investigate, suspicion grows that Jane was murdered.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I haven’t had a favorite Canadian writer since Colleen McCullough! I’ve missed you, Canada! The characters are well developed, and form a great diverse cast, and I learned a few terms I hadn’t known before, such as “A friend of Dorothy’s.”

AUTHOR:
Louise Penny
From within the book:
“LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.”

Excerpt from Wikipedia:
“Louise Penny (born July 1, 1958) {Oh, look! Same year *I* was born!} [1] CM OQ is a Canadian author of mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec centred on the work of francophone Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Penny's first career was as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). After she turned to writing, she won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year five times, including four consecutive years (2007–2010), and the Anthony Award for best novel of the year five times, including four consecutive years (2010–2013). Her novels have been published in 23 languages.
Penny was born in Toronto, Canada,[2] on July 1, 1958.[1][3] Her mother was an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular liking for crime fiction,[4] and Louise grew up reading mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Michael Innes.[4]

Penny earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Toronto Metropolitan University) in 1979.[5] After graduation, aged 21, she embarked on an 18-year career as a radio host and journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).[6]”

NARRATOR:
Ralph Cosham-
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
“Ralph Howard Cosham (25 February 1936 – 30 September 2014),[1] was a British-born American film, stage and voice actor and book narrator. Cosham also recorded under the name Geoffrey Howard.[2] He lived in Reston, Virginia. He was a member of the acting companies of the Washington Theatre Club, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Arena Stage and the Shakespeare Theater all in Washington, DC.[3] Cosham changed careers from British journalist to actor in the 1970s.[2] Several of his works were awarded "Audio Best of the Year" by Publishers Weekly.[2]

Ralph Cosham died of an illness on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at his home in Reston, Virginia, at the age of 78.[4]

Career
In early 1964, Hamilton Company LTD contracted with United Press International to prepare a special souvenir magazine of The Beatles' first visit to America. UPI assigned English immigrant Cosham to write this. His interviews with concertgoers and reports were published as "The Beatles at Carnegie Hall," which remains easy to find today.

In voice acting he was featured in the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion[5] as the Breton males, including characters such as Jauffre, the Grandmaster of the Blades, and Vicente Valtieri; Dr. Guervich in Death Without Consent (2005); he played the voice part "townspeople 3" in Pirates of the Caribbean (2003).[citation needed]

In acting he was a driver in Shadow Conspiracy (1997); Supreme Court Justice Jensen in The Pelican Brief (1993), Judge Assel Steward in Suspect (1987); a Marine Lieutenant in Starman (1984); and played the part of Braddock's Captain in the TV mini-series George Washington (1984).[6]

As a book narrator, Cosham (or as Howard) narrated over 100 books since 1992.[3][2] Some titles include The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, The Castle by Franz Kafka, The Secret Agent (1996), Heart of Darkness (2002), Frankenstein (2002), Around the World in Eighty Days (2003), Alice in Wonderland (2004), Watership Down (2010), Dead Man's Chest (2001 novel by Roger Johnson, narrated in 2006), King Leopold's Ghost, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, numerous works of C.S. Lewis including The Space Trilogy, Miracles, Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain and The Screwtape Letters, as well as a collection of American short stories titled The American Experience: A Collection of Great American Stories (2004). Cosham was the first narrator for a series of mysteries written by Louise Penny; he won AudioFile Earphones and Library Journal awards for best audiobook and the Mystery Audie Award in 2013 for The Beautiful Mystery. Cosham recorded the first ten books of the series.[3]

After Cosham's death, Robert Bathurst was chosen to narrate future books.[7]”

*Ohhh, that’s terrible news (Ralph passed in Sept. 2014)! I’ve always adored Ralph’s narrations! He passed just 4 months after this audio version of this book was released?! Poor Louise! (Authors must get somewhat attached to the readers, even if it’s the publishers that assign them, especially when they are as great as Ralph) I didn’t include it here, but see in the Wikipedia article that she also lost her husband, Michael Whitehead, just two years later, in 2016. Belated condolences!

GENRE:
Fiction; Canadian; Mystery

TIME FRAME:
N/A (But I’d say contemporary - 2005)

LOCATION(S):
Three Pines, Quebec (Canada)

SUBJECTS:
Art, LGBTQ; Psychology; Murder; Archery; Hunting; Painting; Art; Art competitions; Loss; Friendship

DEDICATION:
“This book is given, with all my heart, to Michael”

SAMPLE QUOTATION:
From Chapter “One”
“ Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist of Thanksgiving Sunday. It was pretty much a surprise all round. Miss Neal’s was not a natural death, unless you’re of the belief everything happens as it’s supposed to. If so, for her seventy-six years Jane Neal had been walking toward this final moment when death met her in the brilliant maple woods on the verge of the village of Three Pines. She’d fallen spread-eagled, as though making angels in the bright and brittle leaves.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec knelt down; his knees cracking like the report of a hunter’s rifle, his large, expressive hands hovering over the tiny circle of blood marring her fluffy cardigan, as though like a magician he could remove the wound and restore the woman. But he could not. That wasn’t his gift. Fortunately for Gamache he had others. The scent of mothballs, his grandmother’s perfume, met him halfway. Jane’s gentle and kindly eyes stared as though surprised to see him.
He was surprised to see her. That was his little secret. Not that he’d ever seen her before. No. His little secret was that in his mid-fifties, at the height of a long and now apparently stalled career, violent death still surprised him. Which was odd, for the head of homicide, and perhaps one of the reasons he hadn’t progressed further in the cynical world of the Sûreté. Gamache always hoped maybe someone had gotten it wrong, and there was no dead body. But there was no mistaking the increasingly rigid Miss Neal. Straightening up with the help of Inspector Beauvoir, he buttoned his lined Burberry against the October chill and wondered. Jane Neal had also been late, but in a whole other sense, a few days earlier. She’d arranged to meet her dear friend and next-door neighbor Clara Morrow for coffee in the village bistro. Clara sat at the table by the window and waited. Patience was not her long suit. The mixture of cafe au lait and impatience was producing an exquisite vibration. Throbbing slightly, Clara stared out the mullioned window at the village green and the old homes and maple trees that circled the Commons. The trees, turning breathtaking shades of red and amber, were just about the only things that did change in this venerable village.
Framed by the mullions, she saw a pick-up truck drift down rue du Moulin into the village, a beautiful dappled doe draped languidly over its hood. Slowly the truck circled the Commons, halting villagers in mid-step. This was hunting season and hunting territory. But hunters like these were mostly from Montreal or other cities. They’d rent pickups and stalk the dirt roads at dawn and dusk like behemoths at feeding time, looking for deer. And when they spotted one they’d slither to a stop, step out of the truck and fire. Not all hunters were like that, Clara knew, but enough of them were. Those same hunters would strap the deer on to the hood of their truck and drive around the countryside believing the dead animal on the vehicle somehow announced that great men had done this.
Every year the hunters shot cows and horses and family pets and each other. And, unbelievably, they sometimes shot themselves, perhaps in a psychotic episode where they mistook themselves for dinner. It was a wise person who knew that some hunters – not all, but some – found it challenging to distinguish a pine from a partridge from a person.
Clara wondered what had become of Jane. She was rarely late, so she could easily be forgiven. Clara found it easy to forgive most things in most people. Too easy, her husband Peter often warned. But Clara had her own little secret. She didn’t really let go of everything. Most things, yes. But some she secretly held and hugged and would visit in moments when she needed to be comforted by the unkindness of others.
Croissant crumbs had tumbled on top of the Montreal Gazette left at her table Between flakes Clara scanned the headlines: ‘Parti Quebecois Vows to Hold Sovereignty Referendum’, ‘Drug Bust in Townships’, ‘Hikers Lost in Tremblant Park’.
Clara lifted her eyes from the morose headlines. She and Peter had long since stopped subscribing to the Montreal papers. Ignorance really was bliss. They preferred the local Williamsburg County News where they could read about Wayne’s cow, or Guylaine’s visiting grandchildren, or a quilt being auctioned for the seniors’ home. Every now and then Clara wondered if they were copping out, running away from reality and responsibility. Then she realised she didn’t care. Besides, she learned everything she really needed to survive right here at Olivier’s Bistro, in the heart of Three Pines.
‘You’re a million miles away,’ came the familiar and well-loved voice. There was Jane, out of breath and smiling, her laugh-lined face pink from the autumn chill and the brisk trot from her cottage across the village green.
‘Sorry I’m late,’ she whispered into Clara’s ear as the two hugged, one tiny, plump and breathless, the other thirty years younger, slim, and still vibrating from the caffeine high. ‘You’re trembling,’ said Jane, sitting down and ordering her own cafe au lait. ‘I didn’t know you cared so much.’ ”

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5

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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,...
 

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Every year the hunters shot cows and horses and family pets and each other. And, unbelievably, they sometimes shot themselves, perhaps in a psychotic episode where they mistook themselves for dinner. It was a wise person who knew that some hunters -- not all, but some -- found it challenging to distinguish a pine from a partridge from a person. (Chapter 1)
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'The funny thing about murder is that the act is often committed decades before the actual action. Something happens, and it leads, inexorably, to death many years later. A bad seed is planted. It's like those old horror films from the Hammer studios, of the monster, not running, never running, but walking without pause, without thought or mercy, toward its victim. Murder is often like that. It starts way far off.' (chapter 7)
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