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A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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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
Additional Praise for Louise Penny and the Armand Gamache Mysteries
“Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit.” ―People
“Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency." ―The Charlotte Observer
“Penny, who raises the bar with each entry in this superb series, has always mixed murder and corruption with issues of morality...[S]he does so with her accustomed talent for a gripping plot, rich characterizations, arresting prose and thought-provoking questions of mercy, malice and the contradictions of the human race." ―Richmond-Times Dispatch
"This series dominates best-seller lists and award lists for a reason. Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and – thank goodness – redemption." ―Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer
“Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable – the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.” ―New York Times Book Review
About the Author
LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.
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I felt that Penny's emphasis of some of these themes was a little heavy handed. The characters don't just discuss them explicitly; they do so repeatedly. The contrasts between Beauvoir and Gamache, and also between Peter and Clara Morrow, are very starkly drawn, making it hard to see Beauvoir's and Peter's redeeming value. I found Penny's treatment of the themes of lying and forgiveness more satisfying because the reader is left to put some things together. Questions about marriage and finding true love were more subtle yet and likely to carry over to future books, as will Penny's symbolic use of light. In A Trick of the Light, continuing themes and evolution of the continuing characters practically force solution of the murder to the background. The plot is not weak--the crime is solved with solid police work by Gamache, Beauvoir, and Agent Lacoste; the perpetrator and motive remain mysteries until the end, although the clues are there. But, there is not a lot of action, and the plot is not as amazing as in Bury Your Dead. That being said, I have such an investment in the characters in these mysteries that I had trouble putting the book down for long.
An unsuccessful artist becomes a professional art critic. An old critique brings relationships from the past together.
Our favourite chief inspector, Gamache, and his second in command, Beauvoir, are recovering from wounds from a previous case. Their relationship becomes strained. Will they return to their close association?
Louise Penny again has many threads to follow and keeps the reader wondering who is responsible for this latest murder.