A Trick of the Light

A Trick of the Light

Large Print - 2011
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A New York Times Bestselling Author -- On the morning after Clara's art show at the Musée in Montreal, a woman's body is found among the bleeding hearts of Clara's garden in Three Pines. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called in to investigate, he finds the art world gathered -- a world of shading and light, where nothing is as it seems. And when facts are exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache if he's found the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410441072
Characteristics: 615 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Sep 26, 2020


JCLJoshN Sep 24, 2020

A friend recommended this author and series to me, and for some reason I didn't start from the beginning, I jumped in with this book. It wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would be a cozy mystery, since it's part of series set in a small, quaint town, but the mystery isn't solved by an amateur detective, it's a police procedural. Most mystery novels I've read have very little continuity from one to the next, but there is a lot of past story threads still working their way through A Trick of the Light, so it took me a while to figure out what I'd missed and what was going on that wasn't immediately connected to the murder mystery. But when I say I wasn't expecting these things, I don't mean it in a bad way. It made me want to go back through the series for the stories I missed. And go forward to see how the characters progress. It gave me some mysteries of my own to solve.

one of the most boring books I have ever read, filled with cliche and after cliche.

Mar 12, 2020

3/12/20- next in the series

Nov 24, 2019

Another good book, but I was sorry to hear that Rose had gone south. I hope she returns soon . I am not reading these books in order and it's a bit of a challenge to see how to put it together, but I still enjoy the books.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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.)

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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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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