Sunday, November 3, 2013

Turning Pages: "Still Life" by Louise Penny

It has been a lovely, quiet day, just perfect for curling up with my current knitting project. The back of this sweater is plain knitting, the front is an all-over cable design and I'm about 75% finished this section.

There was just one problem with the notion of sitting peacefully and carrying on knitting, purling, and fiddling with the cable needle.

A distraction. 

In the form of a novel.

As of a couple of days ago, after weeks of being on the library waiting list, the volume I had been waiting for became mine.

If you enjoy a good mystery and have yet to read Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series, this is the first book. The protagonist is intelligent, observant, patient, compassionate, imperfect, and insightful: "Crime was deeply human, Gamache knew. The cause and the effect. And the only way he knew to catch a criminal was to connect with the human beings involved." (pg. 87)

I had already read A Beautiful Mystery, Penny's second-last book, and was completely captivated by her writing style, plot development, and the well drawn characters. Clearly, I had to go back to the first novel and start making my way through all of them.

I didn't knit a stitch today. I was in Québec, in the village of Three Pines.
Staying there until I knew, along with the villagers, who had committed murder.

I can always knit tomorrow. In a few days, I'll head to the library for Dead Cold
This sweater could take awhile.


  1. seems like rather a sweet set of choices you have there...knitting or reading....

  2. Oh, yes! I could live in Three Pines! Love Gamache. We could sit in the Pub, you with your knitting and me with crochet -- sounds good!

  3. Your knitting is beautiful, I love the pattern and the colour! I will have to go and check out this book, you have me intrigued.... xx

  4. I love a good mystery Karen! I'll have to put that on my list to read this winter. Right now I don't have time to read although I would love to sit down with a good book. You'll have to show the your knitting project when it's finished.
    Have a good week!

  5. Sounds like a good day... knitting and reading. All you need is a cup of coffee and maybe a book stand to hold your book so you can knit and read at the same time. I am also going to check out the book. thanks for the suggestion.

  6. I love your knitting. It looks like it will be very warm and cosy when finished. Sarah x

  7. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a weekend!
    Your knitting is beautiful!

    Hope this is a great week for you :)

  8. I'm reading these books as fast as I can get them from the library. Not always in order, either. But I did read Still Life first. Enjoy!

  9. Good Evening Karen, There is nothing like being immersed in a good book and even better when there is time to put my feet up and just get lost in the book. I have not heard of the author Louise Penny, so I will have to visit the library to see if I can find her books.
    Your knitting is lovely and I can see it takes a lot of concentration to knit the cable pattern. I am knitting a vintage tea cosy for my daughter which I am enjoying as I have not done any knitting for quite a while.
    Have a lovely time putting your feet up and enjoying your books.
    Best Wishes

  10. I'm on A Beautiful Mystery (read them in order) and then I have only one more to go. I'll be sad! She is an amazing writer, isn't she?


  11. je lis en ce moment le tout dernier " Tracy Chavalier
    on y vois la passion pour les quilt en patchowork des États -unis en 1830
    on a presque envie de s'y mettre:::::
    bon tricot et bonne lecture
    edith (iris)

  12. I have this author written on my list to explore on Thursday when we go to the library.

  13. Your knitting project looks gorgeous!...I love the pattern and the colour is lovely too...I'm putting your latest book on my 'to read' list too...Is great to find a book that you just can't put down, isn't it?
    Susan x

  14. Oh my, I have been immersed in a Louise Penny novel recently too!! I saw her books mentioned on a couple of blogs and looked in my local library where I found two available. Have just finished 'Bury Your Dead'.......such an amazing atmosphere, sense of place and history. I love how you describe this reading experience, Karen! I am planning to work my way back through the series too. Love your beautiful knitting too........perfect things for the winter drawing near.

  15. lovely blog :)

  16. Hi Karen,

    Between your lovely knitting project and your page turner, your weekend must have been lots of fun! I haven't read in a while, (blogging has taken over!), and I don't knit, crochet or sew, but I bake!

    Your novel sounds very exciting; happy reading!


  17. I will check the book out. I love mysteries.

  18. I'm always on the look-out for new authors. I haven't heard of Louise Penny but I just went to the local library site and requested four of her books. Thanks for the recommendation!!

  19. Wonderful i like your blog :) thank you for sharing and i will try to find your books...



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