May 2019

RHC 2019: Still Life by Louise Penny

This post is part of a series in which I describe the twenty-four books I read in 2019 for Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Task: Read a cozy mystery.

I had lunch recently with my most faithful blog reader, who is also one of my progenitors, and the subject turned to writing – specifically an idea she’s kicking around (and Mom, tell me if you don’t want me talking about this on the internet!). I’m not going to go into details, but I can’t think of a creative property I’m more excited about than her project.

Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series was part of Mom’s inspiration. The same series had come up recently at the book club I facilitate at work, too, with the same superlatives attached. So, I figured the universe was sending me clear signals as to what my choice for this task would be.

And this was a ton of fun to read. It’s set in a small Canadian town peopled with wonderful characters, it’s funny, it’s engrossing, and I didn’t guess who the killer was until the reveal, which made me wonder why I hadn’t figured out. So all of my mystery satisfaction boxes were checked. I’m told that the first few books in the series are more about establishing characters and setting and that it really catches fire a little later on. If that’s the case, then those later books must be extremely good.