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A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]

Louise Penny
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Aug. 30 2011 Chief Inspector Gamache Novels (Book 7)
A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011
 
"Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm...." --Booklist (starred review)

“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.”
But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light.  Where nothing is as it seems.  Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart.  And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light. 
 

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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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4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"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
3.0 out of 5 stars Art work Nov. 26 2011
By minette
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Inspector Gamache novel Oct. 4 2014
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There were lots of twists and turns in this novel,. Louise Penny has done a great job of developing another side of the characters that we already know so well. I love the sense of place that all the Inspector Gamache novels give.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5 2014
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Comme toujours, Louise Penny me remplit d'émotions. Une excellente histoire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian author with an international flavour March 9 2014
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I give 5 stars to Louise Penny for all of her books with Inspector Gamache as main character. She is a super storyteller and I'm so glad I discovered her books. I recommend the series to all of you, mystery readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it! Feb. 9 2014
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This was my first Louise Penny novel with Inspector Gamache. The story was set in the eastern townships near montreal. The plot and the characters were interesting; the plot twists were not expected. Great mystery novel, easy to read and very entertaining. I will read more of her novels.
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