Still Life by Louise Penny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the town of Three Pines, Quebec in Canada, cherished local spinster Jane Neal is found dead in the woods, a victim of an apparent hunting accident, or is it murder? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called in from the Sûreté du Québec to investigate along with his protege Jean Guy Beauvoir and a small cast of characters under his tutelage. The town is small so the list of potential murders is small and just like the townspeople that Jane Neal painted on her newly discovered painting, the clues to the murder may be hidden in plain sight.
This was a charming mystery, although there were a couple of characters that could be exasperating and seemed out of place. The townspeople were fun and quirky and I can see how this book has expanded into an award-winning series. These are stories I'll read between some of the heavier subjects I tend to tackle.
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