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Still Life is the first book in a series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete Du Quebec (roughly equivalent to our state troopers), who is called to the small town of Three Pines to investigate the seemingly accidental death of Jane Neal, retired schoolteacher. However, nothing is as it seems, and Gamache, with calm, kindness and dogged determination, navigates the complex, and sometimes troubled, relationships between the residents of Three Pines (and his own colleagues), to solve the mystery.
If you like a mystery than unfolds slowly, layer by layer, with well-drawn characters, give Still Life a try. If you like this book, continue on with the rest of the series (the library has them all). One of my colleagues strongly recommends the audiobook version, especially for help with the frequent French names and words that pop up in the story.
Recommended by Catherine
P.S. I have caught up with the rest of the books in the series; they are all excellent. I am looking forward to the next title, How the Light Gets In, which will be published at the end of August 2013.
P.P.S. How the Light Gets In is amazing! If you've been reading the series, you will definitely want to continue. If you haven't read the series, start, so you can read it!