A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011
"Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm...." --Booklist (starred review)
"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead."
But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
In Penny's outstanding seventh Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Gamache and his loyal deputy in Qu bec's S ret , Insp. Jean Guy Beauvoir, are still coming to terms with the multiple physical and emotional traumas they suffered in the previous book, Bury Your Dead. These tribulations have already cost Beauvoir his marriage. Meanwhile, the day after the triumphant opening of a show of their friend Clara Morrow's paintings at Montr al's Mus e d'Art Contemporain, a dead woman with a broken neck turns up in Clara's garden in the small town of Three Pines. Gamache and his team return to this outwardly idyllic community once again to ascertain whether one of its residents is a murderer. 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. 100,000 first printing; author tour.
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I love her books
The last line of this one is precious. I enjoy the characters and how they change and grow. The main character is well developed. The setting is like a fairy tale with realism. Just great, fun reading.
Louise Penny does a great job of interplay of interpersonal mystery with inner-personal mystery as an undercurrent to the nominal mystery- the “main” murder mystery around which the story is organized. Her characters are interesting, often funny and complex, and if guessing who-done-it is your goal, it’s a challenge. I really enjoyed this book- as I have her previous “Gamashe” mysteries.
A Trick of the Light
Such a satisfying book, from an author with the uncanny knack of combining a murder mystery with truly compelling characters, an understanding of the human psyche in its best and worst light, and the same element of hope and faith shown as a glimmer of light in a brilliant painting by central character, Clara. I very highly recommend it.