Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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The village of Three Pines is a small, mostly English town in the Eastern Townships south of Montreal. It's a place where people go to retire or to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. At Thanksgiving the colours of the leaves make the area particularly attractive to tourists. Hunters are also frequent visitors due to the abundance of deer and other game. So when a local women, Jane Neal, is found dead in the woods near Three Pines the immediate assumption is that some hunter mistook her for a deer and shot her. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete is not convinced it is an accident though. He sets up an investigation headquarters in the disused railway station and moves into the local B & B. Soon he is talking to all the locals and learning their involvement with the dead woman. His assistant, Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir, helps with all this and also stays at the B & B. Rookie officer Yvette Nichol is also invited to stay and learn from Gamache. Nichol is more of a hindrance than a help to the investigation by leaping to unjustified conclusions, talking when she has been told to be quiet and not following leads she has been directed to consider. Some of the local villagers, especially Miss Neal's close friend Clara Morrow, also help in the investigation. Everyone slowly comes to the conclusion that the person who killed Miss Neal is a local.
It's an interesting cast of characters. I especially liked Myrna, the owner of the bookstore, who used to be a therapist in Montreal. Big and black she stands out in the village but she is one of the stalwarts. I hope she makes a reappearance. I'm pretty sure that Nichol will be back even though Gamache sends her packing before the end of the investigation.
I will be reserving this book for the Canada Days release challenge.
This book will be released during the 2013 Canada Days release challenge.
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This release is for the 2013 Canada Days release challenge which seeks to get Canadian books into the wild and into the hands of new readers. Happy Canada Day!