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A Trick Of The Light (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 7)

A Trick Of The Light (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Louise Penny
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A thoroughly compelling read with plenty of twists, and suspects appearing around every bend (Woman's Way Ireland)


A thoroughly compelling read with plenty of twists, and suspects appearing around every bend Woman's Way Ireland

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312655452
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065JMS64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louise Penny has worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with expertise in hard news and current affairs. She was born and raised in Toronto, but now lives in a picturesque village in Quebec with her husband. She is the recipient of the CWA New Blood Dagger for Crime Fiction, the CWC Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, the Agatha Award for Best Novel and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. For more information on Louise Penny and the C. I. Gamache crime series, visit her website

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back at Three Pines 15 Dec 2011
Book 7, in the Chief Inspector Gamache series

In this story we are back on board with Inspectors Gamache and Beauvoir who are still on the mend and recovering from the investigation that went terribly wrong in "Bury Your Dead", this time they are back at a village made famous in previous novels, the fictional and quint village of Three Pines. "A Trick of Light" is more than a murder mystery; it explores the emotions and the inner struggle brought on by success and rejection, something every artistic painter has to deal with in his quest for fame and recognition.

The suspense begins with the violent death of a nasty art critic whose words have crushed the careers of many inspiring artists. The critic was discovered in artist Clara Morrow's garden the morning after celebrating the opening of her first solo exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. There is no shortage of suspects in this competitive field, the list is endless and is sure to include fellow artists, dealers, curators and critics. The case calls for the Sūreté du Québec's finest and who else but Inspector Gamache and his trusted team are given the challenge...

With subtle and sparse writing, the plot deepens in complexity when Gamache and Beauvoir assisted by Agent Lacoste delve deeply into the art scene and press to uncover its long-hidden secrets. The in depth investigation leads them to the inner circle of the AA just another layer in the mystery they have to deal with....At this point, Ms. Penny's smooth words spin the tale with so many twists and turns, the reader is sure to find himself in a game of intense speculation trying to stay one step ahead and guess who could be the guilty one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
First Sentence: Oh, no, no, no, thought Clara Morrow as she walked toward the closed doors.

Artist Clara Morrow's first major art show in Montreal was stressful enough, without finding a body in her garden in Three Pines the following morning. Although uninvited to the local after-party, the woman is one Clara and her husband, Peter, had both known. Inspector Armand Gamache and his second, Jean Guy Bouvier transition from being friends of this small community's residents, to being investigators looking for a killer.

Between books, one could wonder whether Ms. Penny is really as good as all the acclaim would indicate. No; she's much better. Each book is a stunning testament to her skill and ability to both create a nuanced mystery while exposing that which makes us human; both our foibles and our capacity for hope. She has created the town of Three Pines; similar to Brigadoon as it doesn't appear on any maps. Yet it has become fictionally real to the point it's hard to believe it's altogether fictitious. Penny's skill at description applies not only to physical settings, but to people's emotions, and is filled with subtly, intelligence and depth of understanding, as well as humor..."It wasn't enough that they were English and had a prayer stick, but now they'd lapsed into pig latin. It was no wonder there were so many murders here."

Penny's characters are real, complex and realistically layered..."They got up his nose, to be sure. But they also got under his skin." One sees the impact of past events on Gamache and Beauvoir through each others eyes, rather than a third-party narrator and the balance of their personalities is so well done. Her characters are people you'd want to know; in some cases, they are people you'd like to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Louise Penny book 27 May 2013
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I have read all Louise Penny's books so far and they don't disappoint. Her characters are so likeable I can't wait for the next one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing series - much underrated 25 Feb 2012
Three Pines - a hidden idyllic Canadian village, self-contained with a B&B, Spa, Bistro, general store, a second-hand bookshop ....and murder galore. If you enjoy Agatha Christie type whodunnits - this series is for you.

Chief Inspector Gamache is a patrician, gentlemanly detective with a motivated team (and some black-sheep) who comes to love the town and befriend the inhabitants. Apart from solving the crimes, he has his own problems back at base with professional jealousies threatening to discredit him and end his career.

Despite the idyllic surroundings, all of the characters have flaws: this makes them quite human and also provides lots of motives and opportunities for wrongdoing. I like this also because Penny doesn't have to ship in a "stray" character to be the murderer: it will undoubtedly be someone you know and probably like. I would strongly recommend that you read the novels in order - (1) - to build up relationships with the inhabitants of Three Pines and get some sense of who they are and how they have been shaped and(2) - not to spoil earlier novels if you go backwards as one particular plot line does cover the last three books.

I don't see a lot of stuff about Louise Penny in the press and I think most people still haven't really discovered her books. It's a real shame as I think she ranks very highly in the list of crimemwriters, and unlike many at the moment, has maintained an excellent series without resorting to "fictionalised" public news stories, changing the characters beyond recognition or making the plots ever more incredible.

In this novel, a woman is found dead in the garden of one of the Village's best known and loved characters: how did she get there and who is she?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't get enough of Gamache stories!
Published 6 days ago by degas
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read.
Once again Louise Penny has written a fantastic book; Inspector Gamashe and the team are called back to Three Pines once more, this time to solve the strange murder of a young... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wendy McFarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer Murders in Canada 2
I love this series and don't want it to end! A sub plot has crept in which colours the teams outlook and responses. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GOOD READ!
I don't usually read murder mysteries but this book was recommended to me so thought I would give it a try. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ali S
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trick of Light
My first Chief Inspector Gamache mystery....enjoyed it and look forward to the others. It is always good to find a new author.
Published 5 months ago by Garion A.Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Just did not want it to end!
I discovered Louise Penny and Inspector Gamache a few months ago and have now read all of her books in sequence. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wendyanne
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Always brilliant, wonderful dialogue, thoroughly perceptive and a great read! I am left with a sense of gratitude to Louise Penny for so much pleasure.
Published 7 months ago by James Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Having enjoyed the previous books in this series I found this slower and a bit tired. I know the whole series is a bit old fashioned but have previously found it charming. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup of Coffee
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT is in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series of mysteries/police procedurals by Canadian author Louise Penny. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one!
Another Inspector Gamache Story, and we are back in Three Pines, the unluckiest village in Canada. Poor Clara Morrow seems to have no luck at all, especially when the body of a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by jane monk
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