Louise Penny is my newest favorite author. I make this statement without a shred of doubt even though I haven't finished this first book of hers that I've read. I'm planning a longer blog once done, but since I am overflowing with enthusiasm for her writing I've decided not to wait.
To say that Still Life is a murder mystery is an understatement. Her protagonist, Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is a keen observer of the human race and it is this fact that makes Penny's fine mystery rise above the genre. The name of the novel, Still Life is a double entendre maybe a triple entendre foreshadowing the multiple layers of story telling by Penny.
Like I said, I am already a fan.