- File Size: 3511 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 30, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2011
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VMV412
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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I confess to you my brothers and sisters, I read the first Gamache book, Still Life, at the recommendation of Number Three kid. Half way through the second chapter, I quit. The characters and settings seemed to come too fast and the pace was too slow. I couldn’t grab hold of the characters and settings and I wanted to say, “Make something happen already.” I remembered a literature course I had where the prof told us that we had to work a bit, sometimes, to unearth literary gems. I went back to Still Life and made it to chapter three before quitting a second time. Number Three has always been an avid reader and has recommended great books for me to read. I had never been disappointed with her recommendations before, so I picked up Still Life again. And plowed on beyond chapter 3. Behold, literary gem stones. And ore carts full of gem stones in subsequent installments of the Gamache series.
I confess, further, that in one book, a later one, I got to page 400, and was still waiting for the Ah Ha, here it is. I’d begun to wonder if Ms. Penny had squeezed all the juice out of Armand that he had to give, when, Lo, my reading eyes discovered what they’d been (patiently) waiting for.
So, Ms. Penny, I give you seventy stars for the fourteen Gamache books on the street. Please tell me that your fingers weren’t crossed behind your back when you promised to publish Kingdom of the Blind next month. And I sincerely hope, for my sake and yours, your pants didn’t catch fire when you made the promise.
Till November then.
I'm not overly qualified to properly critique these books some may say because i probably haven't read ALL the BIG mystery writers. But for what it's worth my two favorites are this series, if course the D.I. Thomas Lynly series by Elizabeth George.
Unfortunately I'm all fought up in that series and am rapidly working my way through this one.
Well i hope you give not only this book a chance but the whole series. You won't be disappointed.
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If you have not read these books before, put this in your wish list and begin at the beginning. with Still Life.
I do feel a little bad not giving this book a more glowing review having read the author's words in her acknowledgements at the end as it is clear that it is a very personal book.
I would still recommend this book especially if you have read any of the others in the series as it continues the ongoing storylines from previous books and it is a good read - as ever.
The murder is almost incidental to the exploration of the psyches of those involved, and the wonderful world of Three Pines. Without giving the plot away, Inspector Gamache finds the killer as competently as ever, and we are drawn in to the problems of everyone concerned in many different forms, but never definitively - we are left to decide for ourselves about someone's true nature.
This writer is very special.
I will be joining the queue of those hungry for the next instalment.
The author is Canadian and her books take place in mostly French Canada and Ontario. A bit of French is helpful because there is an occasional French word or phrase.
There is a philosophical atmosphere about the book which makes it quite different from the usual murder mystery. It is also a bit arty.
The characters are developed well but there were a lot of them and I found that they were introduced far too fast for me to take in comfortably. This was the only downside, otherwise I found it very moreish!
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
This latest and I hope not the last book is the best in my opinion. It brings together the culmination of the sub-plot that has been running through all the previous books. And what a climax! I wanted to know what happened next but I also did not want the book to come to its end because then I would have no more to read from this talented author.I recommend anyone who enjoys this genre to get into these books. They are written with such skill. The details and colour bring everything to life in sharp focus and the 'who-dunnit?' element never fails to surprise. A fantastic read.