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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 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of eight previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Louise has won four Anthony Awards and five Agatha Awards, the most recent for The Beautiful Mystery, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
It's finally time for Clara Morrow's solo art show in Montreal.
Ms. Penny gives just enough back story that first time readers will have an enjoyable read, but the long time reader will get the subtle nuances of the book.
I like the way Louise Penny writes, the characters are well developed and the plot is a very interesting one.
Louise Penny is a wonderful writer. I read the last book first and then started the entire Gamache series at the beginning. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jackie
This whole series - Inspector Gamash - are among the very best who done its that I have ever read. They are totally engaging from start to finish and you find yourself waiting... Read morePublished 4 days ago by shar
For readers who have been following Chief Inspector Gamache's adventures since Still Life, this book presents a new perspective in the general universe of Three Pines. Read morePublished 6 days ago by keen reader
Louise Penny develops her characters with such skill you begin to feel that you actually know them. Her stories always go much deeper than the main issue. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Grace Sharp
I have never read a bad story. Chief Inspectpr Gamache Novels are full of familiar friends and family. You become part of Three Pines and everyone that lives there. Read morePublished 11 days ago by BONNIE E MILLER
Love her writing and had opportunity to hear her at a book signing, delightful, funny tongue in cheek author....Inspector Gamache is a prize!!!Published 13 days ago by H. N. Barlow
I love how she writes! You can't help but cozy up to her characters in the tiny village of Three Pines; you laugh at their foibles; you feel you have enjoyed a meal, drinks, and... Read morePublished 19 days ago by cynthia breunlin
i kept seeing this author's name,,,so i decided to try her. but there is good color,,,but the characters are so predictable as are their dilemma,,,i did not even get halfway... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Penny
Finally, a new Inspector Gamache mystery after waiting sooo long. This novel explores the psyche of the art world, as Clara has her first showing of her art. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jean Maskus