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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427213208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427213204
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The superbly gifted Louise Penny is on my secret shortlist of must-read authors, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT proves why. Artist Clara Morrow is about to have a prestigious show of her paintings when her childhood friend is found murdered, and the finger of suspicion points to Clara. Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, and using his trademark powers of deduction and his intuitive knack for the right question at the right time, he exposes the darkness that underlies the bright stars of Montreal's art world, where competition between friends, and even between husband and wife, can turn lethal. Ultimately, of course, it's Louise Penny who steals the show, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT will not only keep you engrossed from start to finish, it will teach you something new about love, truth, and the human heart. (Lisa Scottoline)

Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting and artistic sensitivity. And there could be no better explanation of A.A. than you will find here. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Outstanding….With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow's artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author's characters. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Like P. D. James, Penny shows how the tight structure of the classical mystery story can accommodate a wealth of deeply felt emotions and interpersonal drama. (Booklist)

Penny's characters are sharply drawn, realistically complicated and heartbreakingly real. Wonderful, complex characters and sophisticated plotting makes this a perfect book. Do not miss it. (RT Book Reviews)

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"The superbly gifted Louise Penny is on my secret shortlist of must-read authors, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT proves why. Artist Clara Morrow is about to have a prestigious show of her paintings when her childhood friend is found murdered, and the finger of suspicion points to Clara. Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, and using his trademark powers of deduction and his intuitive knack for the right question at the right time, he exposes the darkness that underlies the bright stars of Montreal's art world, where competition between friends, and even between husband and wife, can turn lethal. Ultimately, of course, it's Louise Penny who steals the show, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT will not only keep you engrossed from start to finish, it will teach you something new about love, truth, and the human heart.” --Lisa Scottoline

“Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting and artistic sensitivity. And there could be no better explanation of A.A. than you will find here.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Outstanding….With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow's artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author's characters.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Like P. D. James, Penny shows how the tight structure of the classical mystery story can accommodate a wealth of deeply felt emotions and interpersonal drama.”—Booklist“Penny’s characters are sharply drawn, realistically complicated and heartbreakingly real. Wonderful, complex characters and sophisticated plotting makes this a perfect book. Do not miss it.”—RT Book Reviews


 

                                                                                                                  

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
"A Trick of the Light" is the seventh novel in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Once again, we find Armand and his team interacting with the artist Clara Morrow, her husband Peter, gay B&B and restaurant owners Gabri and Olivier, Ruth the mad poet and others in the idyllic small village of Three Pines, where murder visits more often than unsuspecting strangers. This time, Clara is finally getting her due as an artist by being given a solo show at the very prestigious Musee d'Art Contemporain in Montreal, where she is terrified of the reactions of the art world at the vernissage, or private viewing party; following the very successful launch, she and invited guests return to her home in Three Pines for a dinner party. Unfortunately, an uninvited guest appears in the garden, dead; life becomes more complicated for Clara when she learns the identity of the deceased, a woman with whom she'd been best friends in childhood, whose nasty, belittling nature led to the destruction of more than just their own friendship all those years ago. Indeed, a great many people in the Quebec art world have reason to hate this woman and to want her dead, and many of those same people were at the vernissage and after-party. Inspector Gamache brings his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir and his trusted Agent Lacoste to search out the truth, but Jean-Guy is still not recovered from the horrendous events of the last novel; physically, he may be healing, but mentally and emotionally, he is, as the poet Stevie Smith (quoted in "A Trick of the Light") says, "not waving but drowning." And Armand must resolve both the murder case and the deterioration of Jean-Guy while navigating the very treacherous waters of the art milieu....Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By minette on Nov. 26 2011
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Gamache and all the artists and art dealers in Montreal and a small Quebec village are actors in this story.

This book certainly makes sense if you know art, know volatile artists, the creative process, the drive of succeeding, the art of living by your wits.

Having the sane and direct Inspector Gamache around to be a guide, helps immensely.

My enjoyment of the book was great, but for many readers there are many aspects here of making art that could have been explored in more detail. It is called "'A trick of the light'" after all. Also, having read a previous Gamache tale '"Bury your dead"' first, certainly helps with the story line.

I put it away satisfied, but without the usual anticipation for the next book. All the magic of a new angle somewhere has left for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on Sept. 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
Louise Penny has established an intriguing cast of characters in her series set in the imaginary Quebec town, Three Pines. Her lead Inspector Gamache is endearing, the tales pick you up and involve you in the events and the people so that you end up caring about what happens to them. No one here is perfect and so the people seem true to life. A Trick of the Light is a terrific read and connects with some of the events from earlier books in the series. I strongly recommend this for wonderful entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise on Sept. 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really excited about receiving the book but also afraid once I started I won't be able to put it down and would be completely disappointed when I came to the end of this new book because once I started I won't be able to put it down.

I found I had to put the book down for my first cry at page 6...I was so worried about Jean Guy. I laughed and cried through out the book and was so happy when Clara decided she needed time away from Peter for a year just to sort things out! I would have loved to have had the ability to be so strong in my own life. It touched a nerve).

When I finished reading the book...I found myself so much more interested in all the characters in 'Three Pines' and the group from the homicide department that the mystery of the crime was almost secondary. I love they way the characters mean so much and in my view are more the essences of the book than the crime Gamache is attempting to solve.

Love the book...hate to think I have to wait so long for the next book that is already written but has to go through the process of production. I am just greedy for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick of Time on Oct. 4 2011
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I was eager to pick up Louise Penny's latest Inspector Gamache novel, and it was not only a satisfying and entertaining read, but a thought-provoking and iluminating one, as well. I was glad to get to know the citizens of the tiny village of Three Pines better and never tire of revisiting this imaginary place that seems so very real. The verisimilitude doesn't stop with the village, however. Penny is at her best when she casts light on the darkest and most hidden facets of human nature. I learned a great deal and feel indebted to this great-hearted writer who is willing to give so much of herself in her writing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maine Colonial on Sept. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
Clara Morrow, at age 50, is far beyond the age when most artists are discovered. Yet, on the evening this novel opens, she is about to enter the prestigious Musée d'Art Contemporain in Montréal for a preview of a solo show of her work. After working in her successful artist husband's shadow for decades, Clara has become an overnight sensation.

After the preview Clara returns to her idyllic Eastern Townships home of Three Pines for a celebratory party with her village friends, and artists, gallery owners and artists' agents from Montréal. In the category of friends are Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Québec Sureté and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Gamache and Beavoir have become acquainted with Three Pines and its quirky residents during their investigations of several prior murders. (Penny amusingly acknowledges the incongruity of Three Pines being simultaneously a place of art, friendship and warm hospitality, and a locale with a frighteningly high murder rate, by having bookseller Myrna describe Three Pines as "a shelter[, t]hough, clearly, not a no-kill shelter.")

The celebratory mood at Clara's Three Pines party doesn't last. Early the next morning, it is brought to an abrupt end by the discovery of the murdered corpse of a woman in Clara's garden. The woman is identified as Lillian Dyson, Clara's childhood friend who cruelly betrayed her while they were in art college. But what brought her there, when Clara hadn't seen or heard from Lillian in over 20 years?

Traditional detection methods of examining means and opportunity still leave Gamache and Beauvoir with a wide field of suspects.
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