Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Scene of the Crime book club is reading...

For its February 20th meeting, the Scene of the Crime mystery book club will be reading Still Life, by Louise Penny. This series by Penny has become a fixture on bestseller lists and a winner of many mystery writing awards; SOTC is going back to read the first in the series.

The residents of a tiny Canadian village called Three Pines are shocked when the body of Miss Jane Neal is found in the woods. Miss Neal, the village's retired schoolteacher and a talented amateur artist, has been a good friend to most of the townsfolk, so her loss is keenly felt. At first, her death appears to be a tragic accident--it's deer-hunting season, and it looks like a stray hunter's arrow killed her. But some folks are suspicious, and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Montreal Surete is called in to investigate. Accompanying Gamache are his loyal assistant, Jean Guy Beauvoir, and Yvette Nichol, a new addition to Gamache's team. The trio soon finds that the seemingly peaceful, friendly village hides dark secrets. The truth is both bizarre and shocking, even to the jaded Gamache and his team. This is a real gem of a book that slowly draws the reader into a beautifully told, lyrically written story of love, life, friendship, and tragedy. And it's a pretty darn good mystery too. This belongs in the same league with such other outstanding Canadian mysteries as Eric Wright's Charlie Salter series.
--Emily Melton,  Copyright 2006, Booklist
The Scene of the Crime mystery book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 at the Buena Vista library.

Come and join us, solve a few crimes and have some fun.

Visit Louise Penny's website here.

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