Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #1)
  • Alternative view 1 of Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #1)
  • Alternative view 2 of Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #1)

Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #1)

4.0 385
by Louise Penny

View All Available Formats & Editions

As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life—all except one…

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a

…  See more details below


As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life—all except one…

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, 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 this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. …


With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with power, ingenuity, and charm.

"[An] auspicious debut… [Penny's] deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"A perfectly executed traditional mystery."—Denver Post

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Canadian Penny's terrific first novel, which was the runner-up for the CWA's Debut Dagger Award in 2004, introduces Armand Gamache of the Sorete du Quebec. When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it appears she's the victim of a hunting accident. Summoned to the scene, Gamache, an appealingly competent senior homicide investigator, soon determines that the woman was most likely murdered. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. She deftly uses the bilingual, bicultural aspect of Quebecois life as well as arcane aspects of archery and art to deepen her narrative. Memorable characters include Jane; Jane's shallow niece, Yolande; and a delightful gay couple, Olivier and Gabri. Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

The body of Jane Neal, a much loved retired school teacher in Three Pines, is found lying in the woods. Jane was apparently shot by a stray arrow during deer-hunting season. Armand Gamache, chief inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, along with his team, moves into the small Canadian village to investigate. As Armand searches for the murderer, he uncovers the complex relationships and secrets of Three Pines' colorful inhabitants, including an amusing gay couple who run the local café; Jane's estranged niece, who thinks she will inherit her aunt's property; and a spiteful local poet who caused the breakup of Jane's engagement some 60 years ago. Besides being an engrossing detective story, Still Lifeis a psychological study of the lives of Penny's complex characters—their friendships, insecurities, loves, hates, and regrets—and people are not always what they seem. The book is expertly narrated by Ralph Cosham, who imbues the characters with depth and emotion. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
—Ilka Gordon Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Kirkus Reviews
Three Pines, an appealing Quebecois community, is shaken by the death of a beloved longtime village schoolteacher and unsung artist. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team find that Miss Jane Neal has been shot through the heart with an arrow. Is it a hunting accident or murder? Gamache sets up shop in the charming village B&B owned by a gay couple but is suspended when he refuses to arrest a local bowman who confesses after his sullen son is fingered for the crime. His longtime associate Beauvoir takes over while Gamache ponders the case. Jane, who never exhibited her work, had just had an astonishing folk art painting accepted for a show. Her obnoxious niece Yolande, who can't wait to get into Jane's house, gets a court order to keep the police out. Meanwhile, an equally arrogant trainee has not done her job checking wills, and a new one turns up leaving almost everything to Jane's neighbor Clara Morrow, a married artist who'd been like a daughter to Jane, whose youthful romance had been quashed by her parents. Because no one had ever been allowed past Jane's kitchen, everyone's dumbfounded to find walls, recently covered by Yolande in appalling wallpaper, full of murals. The slight difference Clara notices between the murals and Jane's painting holds the clue to her murder. Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut.
From the Publisher

“Penny has a gift with dialogue, and Cosham makes that gift pop for the audience…there is no mystery about the allure of Louise Penny's series or the beauty with which Ralph Cosham continues to narrate it. This is a series that should be experienced at least once on audio, and THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY is the perfect choice.” —Shelf Awareness

“Not enough praise can be accorded Ralph Cosham, who has served as the reader for all the audiobooks in this series. His voice is simply magnificent.” —Newark Star-Ledger

Read More

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
Chief Inspector Gamache Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

Acknowledgements 13

Preface 15

1 Introduction 19

How to use this book 24

Part 1 Understanding Massage and Sensation 29

2 Massage and Bodywork 31

Defining massage 32

Benefits of massage 34

Sensory processing and massage 36

3 Senses and the Nervous System 41

Nerves and actions 42

Senses 48

The special senses 49

The sense of touch 55

4 Sensations and Awareness 61

Tactile sensation 61

Thermoreceptors and temperature 62

Mechanoreceptors and pressure 63

Nociceptors and pain 69

Kinesthetic awareness 72

Proprioception 74

Adaptation 78

5 Touch and Communication 81

Communication, sensation, and movement 83

Sensory understanding 85

6 How Massage and Touch Work 89

Part 2 Exploring Styles of Massage and Bodywork 93

7 Anatomy-Oriented Massage 95

Swedish massage 96

Sports massage 99

Deep tissue massage 106

Orthopedic massage 108

Neuromuscular massage 111

Myofascial release 113

Medical massage 116

Craniosacral therapy 119

Structural Integration 123

8 Energy-Based Bodywork 127

Reflexology 129

Polarity Therapy 133

Traditional energy-based massage 135

Tuina 136

Shiatsu 139

Qi gong massage 142

Thai massage 143

Acupressure-based bodywork 146

Jin Shin Jyutsu® 147

Jin Shin Do® 148

Amma therapy 149

Non-contact energy therapies 150

Therapeutic Touch 150

Healing Touch 153

Reiki 154

9 Other Styles of Touch-Based Therapeutic Bodywork 157

Watsu® 158

Feldenkrais® 159

Hellerwork 161

Trager® Approach 162

Alexander Technique 164

Part 3 Trying Massage for Your Child 167

Finding a practitioner 170

Laws regulating massage 173

Health insurance reimbursement 177

Contraindications and precautions 179

11 Massage for Children: Special Considerations 181

Preparing the child for massage 182

Information and consent 183

Introducing the child to massage 185

Growth and development 188

Learning massage for parents and caregivers 189

Coordinating massage with the therapy team 191

References 193

Useful Resources 199

Index 201

Read More

Meet the Author

LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of ten Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >