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A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 7) (edition 2012)

by Louise Penny

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Title:A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 7)
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, Canadian, 21st century, mystery, art, read 2013

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This audio book comes in a 9-CD compilation, read by Ralph Cosham.

The plot is quite interesting and will keep you paying close attention till the end. Clara Morrow is an artist that has her own solo show at the MAC in Montreal. After the vernissage, there is a party at her house in Three Pines. In the morning following this party, a body is found on her garden. Chief Inspector Gamache and his number two in command start working on the case. they had being at the vernissage, as they were friends of Clara and other people from Three Pines where previously they solved a murder case. But in this Art World nothing is as it seems. The person who was murdered is identified as Lillian Dyson, an art critic and an old friend of Clara, before changing into a foe. Nobody is this art world seems to like her. But she vanished from scenes long ago to reapear eight months ago, back from NY into Montreal. Her "new life" is different and her art improved, but somehow now she is dead. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team have to figure out what happen while dealing with some internal issues due to a deadly attack on their team the year before.

Overall this is a masterpice composed by Mrs. Louise Penny, where each character is described in rich details and the voice that Ralph Cosham uses for each one is simply priceless. His narration is superb and contributes a lot to the success of this audiobook. Excellent murder mystery, a must have in the permanent library of any reader that enjoys this genre.

This audiobook was published by Macmillan Audio in august 2011 and Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this audiobook for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own. ( )
  rmattos | Jan 23, 2016 |
I enjoyed the Inspector Gamache mystery as I have the others. However if this wasn't a series I would be very unsatisfied with the ending. Although the mystery was solved the personal trials of the main characters are in flux. ( )
  nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
I love this continuing story of Inspectors Gamache and Beauvoir and the village of Three Pines. This particular episode revolves around the art world and AA, and is, as usual, full of poignant moments, poetic lines, and glimmers of hope.

I both listened to and read this novel. Ralph Cosham does a wonderful job as narrator, with the slight Quebecois accent I imagine Inspector Gamache to have. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Clara Morrow's artistic talent has been discovered, and she has been selected to show her paintings at Musée d'Art Contemporain in Montreal. Afterwards, all of her friends and art world acquaintances are invited to Three Pines for a big party. The next morning, a woman is found dead in Clara's garden. Who is she, and why has she been murdered, and why in Clara's garden? I enjoy the characters that Louise Penny creates. The descriptions of the food and wine always make me hungry. I also love the descriptions of Three Pines. An enjoyable quick read. ( )
  NanaCC | Sep 28, 2015 |
"Maybe it isn't hope at all..., But merely a trick of the light." Another solid mystery in this solid series about the many murders that take place in the otherwise perfect village of Three Pines. This time an ex-friend of Clara's is found dead in the Morrow garden. The exploration of "hope" is multifaceted here, as the novel touches on matters of art, faith, addiction, love, friendship and more. Penny's take on cozy conventions is expansive and satisfying. ( )
  beaujoe | May 13, 2015 |
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In her sly fashion, Penny has given us fair warning not to trust the antics of Three Pines’ eccentric residents and colorful visitors. Behind each volatile outburst of marital discord and professional envy lies some deeper truth involving the betrayal of trust and the need for atonement and forgiveness. With his sensitivity to the dark side of human nature, Gamache is not one to be distracted by the comical antics...
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For Sharon, Margaret, Louise and all the wonderful women
who helped me find a quiet place in the bright sunshine
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Oh, no, no, no, thought Clara Morrow as she walked toward the closed doors.
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In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken.

Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But, as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.
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Investigating a murder at a solo artist's Quebec village home, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team encounter deceptive nuances in the art world that distort every clue they find with tales of duality and broken hearts.

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