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Louise Penny

Autor(a) de Still Life

37+ Works 51,175 Membros 3,162 Reviews 137 Favorited

About the Author

Louise Penny was born in Toronto, Canada in 1958. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in 1979. Before she turned to writing mystery novels in 2004, she was a journalist and radio host for the Canadian mostrar mais Broadcasting Corporation in various cities across Canada for 25 years. She writes the Chief Inspector Gamache Novel series. She has won numerous awards including the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards for Still Life and the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel for A Fatal Grace. Louise's title, The Long Way Home, made the Hot Mystery Title's List for Summer 2014. Her titles The Nature of the Beast made The New York Times best seller list in 2015 and A Great Reckoning made The New York Times best seller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Louise Penny

Still Life (2005) 6,813 cópias, 432 resenhas
A Fatal Grace (2007) 4,102 cópias, 231 resenhas
The Cruellest Month (2007) 3,404 cópias, 194 resenhas
The Brutal Telling (2009) 3,203 cópias, 281 resenhas
A Rule Against Murder (2008) 3,101 cópias, 165 resenhas
Bury Your Dead (2010) 3,000 cópias, 227 resenhas
The Beautiful Mystery (2012) 2,853 cópias, 200 resenhas
A Trick of the Light (2011) 2,655 cópias, 160 resenhas
How the Light Gets In (2013) 2,652 cópias, 177 resenhas
The Long Way Home (2014) 2,226 cópias, 132 resenhas
A Great Reckoning (2016) 2,211 cópias, 124 resenhas
Glass Houses (2017) 2,201 cópias, 122 resenhas
The Nature of the Beast (2015) 2,139 cópias, 124 resenhas
Kingdom of the Blind (2018) 1,977 cópias, 105 resenhas
A Better Man (2019) 1,775 cópias, 100 resenhas
All the Devils Are Here (2020) 1,717 cópias, 104 resenhas
The Madness of Crowds (2021) 1,515 cópias, 80 resenhas
State of Terror (2021) 1,448 cópias, 92 resenhas
A World of Curiosities (2022) 1,233 cópias, 60 resenhas
The Hangman (2010) 702 cópias, 43 resenhas
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (2018) — Editor — 104 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Chief Inspector Gamache Series: Books 1-3 (2014) 46 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Grey Wolf (2024) 25 cópias
The Chief Inspector Gamache Series: Books 4-6 (2015) 10 cópias, 1 resenha
Pedon mieli (2024) 2 cópias
De blindas rike (2023) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) — Introdução, algumas edições10,191 cópias, 326 resenhas
Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery [2013 film] (2013) — Original novel — 12 cópias
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing (2010) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
State of Terror / Never (2022) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Locais de residência
Québec City, Québec, Canada
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Knowlton, Canada
Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (BA|Radio and Television)
radio host
mystery novelist
Teresa Chris
Pequena biografia
I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Toronto in 1958 and became a journalist and radio host with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, specializing in hard news and current affairs. My first job was in Toronto and then moved to Thunder Bay at the far tip of Lake Superior, in Ontario. It was a great place to learn the art and craft of radio and interviewing, and listening. That was the key. A good interviewer rarely speaks, she listens. Closely and carefully. I think the same is true of writers.

From Thunder Bay I moved to Winnipeg to produce documentaries and host the CBC afternoon show. It was a hugely creative time with amazingly creative people. But I decided I needed to host a morning show, and so accepted a job in Quebec City. The advantage of a morning show is that it has the largest audience, the disadvantage is having to rise at 4am.

But Quebec City offered other advantages that far outweighed the ungodly hour. It's staggeringly beautiful and almost totally French and I wanted to learn. Within weeks I'd called Quebecers 'good pumpkins', ordered flaming mice in a restaurant, for dessert naturally, and asked a taxi driver to 'take me to the war, please.' He turned around and asked 'Which war exactly, Madame?' Fortunately elegant and venerable Quebec City has a very tolerant and gentle nature and simply smiled at me.

From there the job took me to Montreal, where I ended my career on CBC Radio's noon programme.

In my mid-thirties the most remarkable thing happened. I fell in love with Michael, the head of hematology at the Montreal Children's Hospital. He'd go on to hold the first named chair in pediatric hematology in Canada, something I take full credit for, out of his hearing.

It's an amazing and blessed thing to find love later in life. It was my first marriage and his second. He'd lost his first wife to cancer a few years earlier and that had just about killed him. Sad and grieving we met and began a gentle and tentative courtship, both of us slightly fearful, but overcome with the rightness of it. And overcome with gratitude that this should happen to us and deeply grateful to the family and friends who supported us.

Eleven years later we live in an old United Empire Loyalist brick home in the country, surrounded by maple woods and mountains and smelly dogs.

There are times when I'm in tears writing. Not because I'm so moved by my own writing, but out of gratitude that I get to do this. In my life as a journalist I covered deaths and accidents and horrible events, as well as the quieter disasters of despair and poverty. Now, every morning I go to my office, put the coffee on, fire up the computer and visit my imaginary friends, Gamache and Beauvoir and Clara and Peter. What a privilege it is to write. I hope you enjoy reading the books as much as I enjoy writing them.




A little slow starting. Not quite as good as the first book, but I'll continue reading the series.

My Rating System:
Characters (Strength, Likability): 3.75/5
Story/Plot: 3.5/5
Enjoyability/Ease of Reading: 4/5
Reading Pace: 5/5
Quality of Writing: 4/5
TOTAL: 20.25 1.0 (will read more by this author): 21.25/25
ClimateBabs | outras 230 resenhas | Jul 15, 2024 |
This is the eighth book in the Inspector Gamache series. In my review of the previous book, I mentioned that the murder cases in these books have become a secondary interest. I find myself more intrigued with what is happening with the residents of Three Pines. Then this book appears and it has no connection whatsoever to these villagers.

This novel is a locked-room mystery of sorts. It is set in the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups in the wilderness of Quebec. The monastery is home to cloistered monks who have taken a vow of silence, though they have become world-famous for their Gregorian chants. The renowned choir director, Frère Mathieu, is found murdered so the monastery doors have to be opened to admit Gamache and Beauvoir so they can find the killer and restore peace and harmony.

The murder mystery is lacklustre. The motivation is unconvincing and once the murder weapon is identified, the identity of the killer is obvious. Given the makeup of the monastic community, it is also not difficult to pick out the monk who stands out from the rest.

The twist in the plot is the sudden arrival of Francoeur. Gamache’s arch-nemesis. Francoeur comes across as a cartoon villain. He has so much to lose but he makes a dramatic entrance at a secluded monastery to set in motion his revenge plot?! He’s the Chief Superintendent of Quebec’s police force, but he has unlimited time to waste? Gamache’s problems with his superiors are becoming tiresome. Surely it’s time for him to take some decisive action.

Beauvoir’s struggles with addiction to pain killers are unconvincing. He has been off drugs for three months and is finally in a relationship with his beloved Annie, but he suffers such a sudden, precipitous decline? His reactions, almost murderous, to Gamache are over-the-top. That melodramatic ending is off-putting.

Penny always includes cultural information, this time about Gregorian chants. Some of this is often interesting. This time, however, I was disappointed. Are we to believe that the erudite Gamache doesn’t know that St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music? Surely he would have encountered John Dryden’s poem “Song for St. Cecilia’s Day” in his education at an elite British university. And then there’s the incorrect interpretation of Pontius Pilate’s “Ecce homo” (“Behold the Man’”) which Penny uses as a central motif. Penny would have been better served to reference “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar with its repetition of “He's a man, he's just a man.”

I’m listening to these books because they are easy to follow. But no one bothered to correct the reader’s pronunciation of Francoeur? He’s never heard the French word coeur? Francoeur is not Fransieur!

Though I’ve not been overly impressed with any of the books, this one is probably my least favourite.

Note: Please check out my reader's blog (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot) or substack (https://substack.com/@doreenyakabuski) for over 1,000 reviews.
… (mais)
Schatje | outras 199 resenhas | Jul 15, 2024 |
My first Louise Penny. I enjoyed this somewhat more for the place, the Eastern Townships fictional village of Three Pines than for all the characters and the mystery. I got a but jumbled in the characters, there were a great many all introduced at once and I often could not keep track of who was saying or doing what so, if there were copious clues, I missed them. Even as I cam to the end, I still missed alot of what was happening and I felt like things were left unsaid that maybe I was supposed to understand? Okay, I did see at least one part. Still, the writing was good and I will continue on with her Inspector Gamache and see where he takes me.… (mais)
amyem58 | outras 431 resenhas | Jul 15, 2024 |
I mean the real question is why I keep reading a series I so often find annoying and smug. I guess because the next minute I find it earnest and intriguing? Some day I'll decide if I like them or not, I suppose.
Kiramke | outras 99 resenhas | Jul 13, 2024 |


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