Still Life

Still Life
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, Book # 1
Minotaur Books
2005
eBook
321
English
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The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.

But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets...

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About the book

First book in the series with Armande Ganache as the protagonist. The book is set in Canada, in Quebec therefore it’s where French is wildly diffuse.

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving but Gamache has to work. A woman was found fatally wounded by an arrow in a small town not far from Montreal. Everyone thinks it was a hunting accident, but who shot the arrow?

What I think

I didn’t like the book very much. The pace is too slow, there are too many descriptions and it only becomes interesting after the half. I was hoping to end the year with at least a pretty book, but alas it didn’t happen. It is also true that I started this book before many others I have read, so if I had finished it earlier, I would have finished he year with Poirot.

However, I don’t know whether to continue with the series, I don’t like Ganache that much and the setting too. I was looking for a Canadian author because I miss the nationality among my books, but I think Louise Penny is not for me.

Now since I spent the last 3 days of last year not reading anything, yes I got a little detoxified, I don’t have any reviews to start the year with so I will start reviewing again in early February. Also, the second reason for stopping for a month is because posting two reviews a week as I did at the end of the year weighed heavily on me, especially since I have a lot of work in December. So we’ll meet again in February with the first review of the year, whose title I don’t know yet because I haven’t decided what to read.

Have a good year! And good Epiphany for the 6th (well to whom celebrates it, we do in Italy).

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