Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the SurEtE du QuEbec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces-and this series-with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.
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by Louise Penny
"If you only listen to one mystery this year, make it this one. Everything about this Inspector Gamache mystery is invigoratingly intelligent, as well as visually pleasing. The descriptions of Quebec--the woods, the interiors, the food, and the art--are exceptionally lucid. The cast is filled with remarkable characters, whose various accents are pitch perfect as read by Ralph Cosham. The Francophones and the Anglos have lots to say to each other, as well as much to say behind each other's backs, and village life is as vivid as if it were written by Christie. Inspector Gamache commands with keen vision as well as kindness. Cosham has helped create this new series hero by giving his words and thoughts a deep and penetrating voice. B.H.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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