Thursday, February 9, 2017
Still Life-A Book Review
Review below from Goodreads
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.
I kept hearing about this author and this book series. Still Life is the first in the series of books about Chief Inspector Gamache. The setting is Canada. So, the fact that I was hearing so much about this book from others is why I read this book. I am not always pleased with books others suggest. Sometimes I am! But this was not one of those times, I am sorry to say!
I love mysteries and "whodunits". This is the genre of this book. I didn't feel the characters were very well developed. I didn't feel like I "knew" this Chief Inspector. Unlike, James Patterson, who writes the Alex Cross books, Chief Inspector Gamache didn't stir enough interest in me to jump right over to Barnes and Noble and download the next series. (To be fair I have to say that James Patterson books have lost their appeal for me, too).
The story didn't flow right for me. I don't know why. The ending wasn't credible. I like endings to be incredible! The plot just wasn't there.
In reviews I have read that the series gets better. But I just don't have time to read books that don't grab me and hold me until the end. This was only a 'eh okay' book.