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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.
I enjoy the mental thought going on in the novel in addition to solving a crime. Very interesting series.Published 20 hours ago by Mary E. Germeau
The Chief Inspector Gamache novels have become my current literary "comfort food" - with a smidge of "haute cuisine" thrown in. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Barry W Hubbard
This is the eighth (seventh?) in the Inspector Gamache series. I usually read character-driven fiction, so this book, being plot-driven, doesn’t have the character development I... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gretchen Tremoulet
This is the seventh volume in the author's award-winning detective series about Chief Inspector Gamache of the Quebec Sûreté, and the focus this time is on Clara Morrow, one... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael K. Smith
Excellent story. Rich characters. Terrific research on history of chants.Published 8 days ago by Elaine Sobel
I love good mystery story, and this was the first one I had read by this author. I am giving it 3 stars because it kept me entertained enough to keep reading, but only 3 because of... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kaley Quinn
The only problem with Loise Penny books is she doesn't write enough of them. If you are just discovering her, start with the first book and read them in order. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mary H. Andreani