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Review of Still Life by Louise Penny

This is the first book I’ve read from Louise Penny—but it won’t be my last.  It’s a captivating book, which masterfully weaves elements of mystery, emotion, and the human condition. In Still Life Chief Inspector Gamache invites readers into a world where crime is about understanding the way a human being ticks.

The author paints a picture of a community so free from crime that it lacks its own police force. As Gamache and his team delve into the investigation, the beauty of this author’s description develops on the canvas. The detail and perspective is all in the description—it’s just beautiful.

Chief Inspector Gamache is remarkable and portrayed with depth, and as the story unfolds, Gamache’s interactions with the residents of Three Pines reveal layers of complexity to challenge our ideas.

The writing style is superb, with vivid descriptions that transport the reader to the quaint village and its surroundings. The author’s attention to detail is commendable, and the scenes and dialogue feel authentic and pull you into the mystery.


With over ten million readers, it is evident that this book has struck a chord with audiences worldwide. It’s a testament to the author’s talent and storytelling prowess. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone seeking a thought-provoking and gripping crime novel. It will leave you yearning for more, in the next instalment of this exceptional series.






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