LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montreal.
Named one of Goodreads' Top 100 Mysteries and Thrillers"Remarkably, Penny manages to top her outstanding debut. Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"A traditional and highly intelligent mystery....sure to create great reader demand for more stories featuring civilized and articulate Chief Inspector Gamache.... Highly recommended. " --Library Journal (starred review)Additional Praise for Louise Penny and the Armand Gamache Mysteries"The cozy mystery, which aims to charm as much as challenge, has a graceful practicioner of that artful dodge in Louise Penny." --The New York Times Book Review"For all the perplexing mechanics of the murder, and the snowed-in village setting, this is not the usual cosy or even a traditional mystery. It's a finely written, intelligent and observant book. Imbued with a constant awareness of the astonishing cold, this perfect blend of police procedural and closed-room mystery finds its solution, as in the best of those traditions, in the slow unlayering of a sorrowful past." --Houston Chronicle"Gamache, a smart and likable investigator--think Columbo with an accent, or perhaps a modern-day Poirot--systematically wades his way through the pool, coming upon a few surprises along the way....This is a fine mystery in the classic Agatha Christie style, and it is sure to leave mainstream fans wanting more." --Booklist"This book is a small and perfect literary jewel. Penny is the best writer of traditional mysteries to come along in decades. I haven't read a book this beautifully written since A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell." --Kingston Observer"Very simply, I loved this book. I expect you will, too." --Mystery Scene Magazine"There are portions of this book that are so beautifully written they stick with the reader for months....As I read this I thought if Emily Dickinson ever came back to Earth, it might be an a mystery writer." --Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore"The beauty of Louise Penny's auspicious debut novel, Still Life, is that it's composed entirely of grace notes, all related to the central mystery of who shot an arrow into the heart of Miss Jane Neal....The dear old thing had hidden depths, courtesy of an author whose deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot." --The New York Times Book Review"Terrific. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. A winning traditional mystery." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Cerebral, wise, and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"A gem of a book....a beautifully told, lyrically written story of love, life, friendship, and tragedy." --Booklist (starred review)"This cerebral mystery...is a rare treat." --People Magazine"A perfectly executed traditional mystery." --The Denver Post"Don't look for the hamlet of Three Pines anywhere on a map of the countryside outside of Montreal, although Louise Penny has made the town and its residents so real...that you might just try to find it." --Chicago Tribune