Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Still Life

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.


  1. Have you ever read any of Ted Dekker's books?

  2. I haven't read him Strider, but my son and DIL have and they really enjoyed his color series. How about you. Why do you like his work?

  3. Louise Penny is new to me and I enjoyed looking through her site. Keep us posted!

  4. Steviewren, thank you so much for your kind words at my blog. Yes, I would love to come be artsy with you. It does make me feel happier. I think your art is divine and I have loved it since I first start visiting. I don't know how to put things on the sides of my blog. I know that sounds goofy, but it's a miracle that I figured out how to get what I have on it. Do you have tons of work? Do you have it in a gallery? Did you always love art? I was in the art club in high school and I have always bought art books and magazines. I have taken classes and encouraged my friends to take classes. One of my friends got into watercolor after being diagnosed with breast cancer and she sells her work for high $ and finds so much pleasure in painting. I have a hard time getting settled on one media. I want to do so much that I jump around. I need to focus a little more. Well this is a very long comment, but I was just so pleased that you came and had such neat things to say!!

  5. Looks like a great book! I love a good mystery. Thanks, I'll look for it in my library!

  6. Nana trish, thank you for your kinds words too. Since you asked I will tell you a little of my background. I have been a dabbler since I was in high school. I married early, had 4 children and struggled to find time for creativity during their growing up years. My marriage was difficult and about 14 years ago I started making crafty things and doing some tole type painting. I went to craft shows, sold my stuff for about 9 years. Having people see my things and choosing to buy from me gave me a renewed sense of self esteem, something I had almost lost because of the difficult nature of my marriage.

    Ten years ago I was divorced. Never having attended college I felt I had to try and get a formal education in order to get the best job I could. I had time to get my an associates degree before I had to get a full time job.

    I always planned to use the time after my children grew up and didn't need me anymore to refine my paintings. Instead I am working full time in the financial business. So, no I don't have anything in a gallery...almost nothing in my house...I have always given it away or sold a few things as soon as they were done. I was able to take watercolor classes from a very talented watercolorist. I have my work from those classes framed and on display. I have been thinking lately of trying to find another good teacher. Like you I have tons of supplies and lots of plans. I bought a new art book today. I just wish I had more time.

    So, get to work girl. I can't wait to see what you create!

  7. I have been thinking about this a lot since you wrote me about us encouraging each other. Perhaps we should set a goal of one work a week to share on the blog. Not any pressure and if life is too challenging we will be okay. But, on the flip side I would love to think that you are expecting me to create. I am so like you with having given away most of my work and not getting my degree until later in life. You went and bought an art book and I went and got more supplies for a picture that I have promised my daughter for over a year. It's easier to read about it and think about it and not really make art. I have bought so many art magazines that I could sink a ship. I don't want to do that forever. I want to be able to say I'm an artist and mean it. You have inspired me so much and I really thought you had done a collection and you have been so honest and open and I am anxious to see if you will take me up on this challenge. I need it and I sense you may also. Trish

  8. Okay, I'm game. After all I am a procrastinator. Maybe a goal and a time frame would be good for me too. This weekend I won't get anything done I know. I am having family for the 4th and 2 of my grands are going to spend the night with me. We'll go to the American Girl movie and I will take them home on Sunday. Let's set the date for next Sunday. And don't let me forget!

    Okay, let's get to work! p.s. I live in the state to your left. Not too far away!


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