Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Telemystery: Production Update for Adaptation of Louise Penny's Still Life

Telemystery: Mystery and Suspense on Television

Last June we reported that Louise Penny's multiple award-winning debut novel Still Life was being adapted into a two-hour made-for-television movie for CBC.

Today CBC News has an update on the production, which is underway in Montreal.

Nathaniel Parker — who many of you will recognize as Inspector Lynley from the long-running series of mysteries adapted from Elizabeth George's novels — stars as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache with the Sûreté du Quebec.

Penny remarks that the producers originally wanted to license her characters, not necessarily the novels themselves. "As soon as they said that's what they wanted, it was an automatic no," Penny told CBC News. "I just couldn't do that. I couldn't let them do whatever they wanted with these characters: Gamache, Clara, Ruth. These characters really seem alive to me."

She has, however, agreed to allow the second book in the series, A Fatal GraceDead Cold in Canada and the UK — to be adapted and is considering more to follow. There are currently eight books in the series.

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Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life
Louise Penny
An Armand Gamache Mystery (1st in series)

Winner of the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, the 2006 CWA New Blood Dagger Award, the 2007 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and several others.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

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