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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
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Tags:fiction, Canadian, 21st century, mystery, art, read 2013

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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 |
I find interesting the way Penny develops Peter and Clara. The good-looking superficial artist, the messy generous artist, the two who love each other but collide. Clara for the first time questions her husband's motives and we are thrown in a world which suddenly makes no sense. This incursion into the art world is both entertaining and revealing where passions, politics and cruelty disrupt the true voice of the artist and take away from the works.
Penny has constructed a careful world where she builds from book to book - a masterful series! ( )
  Cecilturtle | Dec 17, 2014 |
I am just loving this series by Louise Penny. This is the seventh book in the series and I have read all but the first one this year. Soon I'll catch up and then I'll have to wait for the next one like all the other Louise Penny fans.

In this book, Clara Morrow has her long-awaited showing at the Musee d'Art Contemporain in Montreal. Artists and art critics from all over have been invited to the vernissage (the preview to the opening of the exhibition). While some have undoubtedly come for the free food and drinks, many are there to hail Clara as "the next big thing" in contemporary art. After the vernissage many of the crowd are invited to a party back in Three Pines. The next morning, while Clara waits for her husband to bring the papers with the reviews of the showing, a body is discovered in her garden. A woman with a flashy red dress and red shoes had her neck broken sometime around midnight. However, no-one at the party can remember seeing her there or at the vernissage and they do not recognize her. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team come once again to Three Pines to investigate.

As usual with this series there is a lot more going on than just a murder investigation. Jean Guy Beauvoir has separated from his wife and has realized he is in love with Gamache's daughter, Annie. He is also still in pain from the shooting in the warehouse that formed part of the backstory of Bury Your Dead, the previous book in the series and he seems to be addicted to prescription pain killers. Cracks are also showing in Clara and Peter's relationship as Peter struggles with his feelings about Clara's success. Olivier has not yet forgiven Gamache for wrongly imprisoning him for murder which pains the Inspector although he understands it. There is an integral part of the investigation that deals with AA and alcoholism. It starts with the discovery of a beginner's chip from AA that was found in the garden near where the dead woman was murdered. It wasn't found by the forensics team but by Clara, Myrna, Ruth and Dominique when they did a cleansing ceremony. Only Myrna knew what it was; the rest thought it was a coin and Ruth claimed it was hers. Myrna soon scotched that because if there is anyone who would not have been a member of AA it was Ruth who thinks Scotch is a major food group.

We learn a lot about the world of artists and artistic criticism. I never knew they could be such a devious, undercutting group. I'll be looking at paintings in a whole new light now.

Highly recommended (but read the series in order). ( )
  gypsysmom | Dec 9, 2014 |
I couldn't put this down! However, a large part of that is due to the drama involving the personalities of the Three Pines area rather than the mystery. Don't get me wrong, the mystery is good too but wouldn't have kept me up long past my normal bedtime... I was pleased that Clara got her successful art show and finally wised up to what a jerk Peter is!. However, I am not sure that I like where the situation with Jean Paul is going... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 29, 2014 |
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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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