Still Life - Louise Penny

Still Life

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2008-09-30
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4
From 2,495 Ratings


Read the series that inspired Three Pines on Prime Video.

In Still Life, bestselling author Louise Penny introduces Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec.

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec 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.


  • Loved it

    By Shannon0527
    Thoroughly enjoyed this one, will be sure to read more..
  • Begin at the beginning.

    By LNB928912
    I love these books. The characters are so real. You’ll weep. You’ll rage. You will love. Enjoy the series. This is the beginning. ❤️
  • This book lost me by the first chapter. What a waste of $10.

    By astrine
    Ugh, aweful. Waste of $10, and the 10 minutes it took to hate it.
  • Read the whole series in order.

    By Burnsga
    The police chief, his wife, his children, the dog, the neighbors in Three Pines, Quebec culture and history. There is a mood in this series that’s hypnotic. You’ll fall in love .
  • Great book!

    By Eileen1632
    I am new to Louise Penny, and this book made me realize I have been missing out on a truly wonderful writer. Her characters are people you want to know or know someone just like them. This wasn’t a mystery at breakneck speed. This was a book about relationships and real people I want to know. The plot was clever, and while I cared who did it and why, it was a good journey getting from A to Z.
  • Still Life.

    By Bern Marie
    While reading this book, the author introduces us to the villagers @ Three Pines. They are all believable, caring people with flaws as we all have. they are a tight community which accepts each one’s flaws and idiosyncrasies and still cares for them. Good story line, characters, and plot. Have read several of Louise Penny’s novels in the series and like them all.
  • Excellent, humorous writing and brilliant characters

    By Auggie's Man
    The plot was a lot of fun, but what worked for me was the writing, dialog, thoughts and characters. I need to move on to my list of books to read, but maybe just a quick run through the next in the series first... Yes, that’s what I’ll do.
  • The best.

    By mystery lover 61
    Louise Penny writes with humor, compassion, intelligence and elegance. Her novels are to be savored but one usually devours them instead as they are so well done. The settings are divine and one is totally drawn into the characters lives, homes and settings. By far the best mysteries available today.
  • Still life

    By A15g14
    The plot could be written on a napkin. Very weak.
  • Good mystery but shallow development of characters

    By Jkdcmd
    Too many platitudes