Still Life by Louise Penny
As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving day, the homes of Three Pines come to life -- all except one...

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.
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    Jul-2006 (Hardcover)
    May-2007 (Paperback)
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This is the first book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. It is a surprise really because it is a quite incredible work of fiction, not always expected in a mystery novel. Ms. Penny's writing is lyrical and magical. Her characterizations are extremely well done. Her characters are very lifelike full dimensional. I was recommended this series by a fellow Amazon reader and I am so glad that I followed up on the recommendation. The setting is a small, beautiful French Canadian village called Three Pines. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called to this picturesque village to look into the death of a local, retired schoolteacher. Is the death accidental or is it murder? Gamache and his team set out to discover the circumstances that led to the death. They meet some truly individual and wonderful local people. Three Pines is an artsy/crafty kind of place. Not the sort of place where Gamache would expect to find a cold-blooded murderer. But find one he does. I loved this book and will be continuing to read this series. I like the Quebec setting and the Canadian references throughout the book. It's always wonderful to find a new mystery series.
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