Beautifully written and murder mystery don’t often go together, but this book is an exception. Louise Penny crafts a wonderful cast of characters against the backdrop of Three Pines village in Quebec. I was often struck by her poignant observations on human nature. When the junior investigator sees a sign in a mirror that says ‘you’re looking at the problem’ and turns around to look behind her… This book is so good that I think I will need time to digest it rather than gobbling up the next in the series. Still Life is set to become a classic in the cozy village mystery genre.