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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.See all Editorial Reviews
I am so hooked on these books - I can't believe I am almost finished with the series.Published 2 days ago by G. Whitehouse
It's Chief Inspector Gamache! Entertaining mystery, easy to read, with a bit of philosophy. What's not to like?Published 4 days ago by Vivian Katz
I love everything about Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. Her writing is mystery with an academic flair. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Janet M. Bank
Penny's Gamache is a delight as are the many fascinating characters in this and all of her books.
So glad I found her. She writes with insight and wit and always interesting.
I love Louise Penny's books! She can't write them fast enough to suit me. After I have read one I wish I had e mail addresses for all of her characters so I could start my own... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rosanne Hansen
Lots more information about this group of well-loved characters. I think it is important to start the series at the beginning and read it in order--despite the helpful flashbacks... Read morePublished 19 days ago by S. A. Lambert
Pure Penney, pure pleasure. I suffer every wait for the next Gamache/Three Pines novel and dread when she decides to try writing about other things.Published 24 days ago by Ellen LaConte