A Trick of the Light

A Trick of the Light

Book - 2011
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Investigating a murder at a solo artist's Quebec village home, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team encounter deceptive nuances in the art world that distort every clue they find with tales of duality and broken hearts
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Boooks, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250007346
9780312655457
0312655452
Characteristics: viii, 339 p. ; 24 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

Another satisfying entry in the series, although a little confusing and a few too many coincidences. The writing is what I read Penny's books for, and to see how the residents of Three Pines evolve over time (as well as Armand and Jean Guy). It does harken back to events in previous novels, so reading these books in order helps.

rb3221 May 30, 2017

Greed, jealousy, petty infighting, addiction, change and forgiveness are themes that Penny explores in this novel. There are lots of suspects each with motive and opportunity that keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
Gamache, Beauvoir and Lacoste are back as are most of the core personalities from Three Pines. The back story when Gamache and Beavoir are almost killed continues as does the stormy marriage of Clara and Peter.
Another well written, very good read and highly recommended.

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altybiz
Jan 04, 2017

Always glad I've read the Inspector series in sequence, as Penney does a terrific job of building on the depth and background of each person even further as she works through the series. Terrific and believable characters. I very much appreciate her showing us how each person has worthwhile aspects to themselves while still showing their weaknesses. Loved this story.

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janetmJones
Apr 16, 2016

Louise Penny is a great writer! I've read almost all of this series of her books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. There are lovely bits of humour, and many passages that really give you food for thought. Louise really holds your interest with her stories!

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adreher
Dec 19, 2015

This is my 3rd Louise Penny novel, so I can't say I haven't tried.
What do people see in her? The writing is melodramatic. The characters, while colourful, are cliches (the wise chief inspector, the grouchy old woman, etc)
And, most of all, she relies on single-sentence paragraphs.
You would think she could learn how to develop a paragraph.
No?

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tocch101
Sep 11, 2015

Another spectacular read that makes murder interesting and human, instead of only dark and twisted.

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JaneRumbaugh
Dec 03, 2014

Another great Chief Inspector Gamache and Three Pines story by Louise Penney!

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ilovewhippets
Dec 02, 2014

Very good!

kimres Jul 25, 2014

As usual, a wonderful read from Louise Penny.

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ljsMich1
Oct 26, 2013

yes, the first book is Still Life, the second is Fatal Grace. Love this author!

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behere
Aug 18, 2015

"God," whispered Beauvoir. "No wonder people drink. This's about as much fun as drowning." p 166 (referring to an AA meeting.)

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behere
Aug 18, 2015

Fortin: "There're very few artists who are comfortable among other people. Most prefer to work away quietly in their studios. Whoever said, 'Hell is other people' must have been an artist."
"It was Sartre," said Gamache. "A writer." p 148

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jhmcdee
Nov 05, 2011

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec has the murder of an artist in Three Pines to deal with. The question to ponder is: Do people change?

This story takes place in summer so, although there are secondary story lines, there aren't the usual inaccurate winter observations that I find annoying.

I gave this story a 7/10.

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