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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
LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of ten Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
I love this series, and I don't usually read mysteries. It's wonderful to have characters that I like and can relate to.Published 1 day ago by Linda S. Gordon
Love all the books in this series. Ms. Penny is an excellent detailed writer.Published 3 days ago by Mary
Louise Penny has outdone herself. The series has almost reached it's conclusion and she has once again drawn us into the lives of the townsfolk of Three Pines. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Peggy S Galvan
Another captivating novel. The characters never remain static and thus remain fascinating. You look forward to the next book to check the progress in their lives.Published 5 days ago by Jo Acton
Great read as are all Louise Penny books ... Love the character of Armand Gamache but all her characters are intricate and interesting . Keeps the reader engrossed to the very end.Published 11 days ago by elaine desisto
Another masterpiece by Louise Penny. Here she plays with the notion of chiaroscuro, the treatment of light and shade in art, the effect of contrast in illuminating what might at... Read morePublished 13 days ago by D and J
Love these characters -- and how Ms. Penny keeps the reader interested.Published 14 days ago by Theresa Marie Moore