A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #7)

A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #7)

by Louise Penny
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Texas-Buckeye More than 1 year ago
I think my wife may be getting jealous as I was up almost all night again with another Louise Penny novel. One would think that some many murders in one little village would be impossible, but Louise Penny makes it seem plausible. The only issue I have with her books is the wait until the next one. Personally, I think she is a genius and I would place her among my favorites, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Steig Larson, and Tom Clancy. Penny's writing is truly amazing. I feel like I would like to go to Three Pines and meet the people who live there. Armand Gamache is someone I would not only like to meet, but to work for. All of the cliches about being a "page turner" and "I could not put down" apply to all of Penny's works, but especially to this one. The one caution I have is that you really need to read Bury Your Dead to fully understand what is happening to Gamache and his fellow investigators. The entire Inspector Gamache series are great books. I heartily recommend that you read them in order, but it is not a requirement to enjoying these mysteries. I read this in two nights, pity I had to go to work, but I can now turn my attention to my wife and avoid the problems that Peter Morrow is now dealing with.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
Louise Penny, in her latest book, A Trick of the Light, shows herself not just a talented mystery plotter, but an adroit literary novel artist as well. Into the familiar setting of the Three Pines village in Quebec, Penny brings back her beloved characters, including Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, his team members Jean Guy Beauvoir and Isabelle Lacoste, who must investigate the murder of a former vicious art critic, whose body has been discovered in the garden of Clara Morrow, who has just had a successful vernissage at a art museum in Quebec and an afterparty at her home in Three Pines. The murder obviously casts a pall on Clara's success, as motives and suspects are abundant. Penny deftly presents the light and dark in varying character's souls, and injects these with a light touch of humor, as when Beauvoir convinces a couple of snarky artists that he is an art critic, and that Gamache is a writer from the Louvre. Beauvoir's reaction to the aftermath of a "smudging ritual" held by Myrna, Clara, Dominque, and Ruth, as they found a clue, is priceless: "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. The only mystery was how any got solved, with help like this."(p.117)Penny also interweaves sub-plot areas with several prominent gallery owners and an AA group, to which the victim belonged, with the threads of the investigators and residents of Three Pines. Red herrings abound, and it's not until the penultimate chapter that the murderer is revealed. The last chapter, in particular the closing lines of the book, brought me to tears, and I thought of a line of poetry by Emily Dickinson: " Hope is the thing with feathers." Lovely book, and I'm only sorry there aren't more stars for me to fill out! Highly recommended. --Jane Fricker
MaddieHj More than 1 year ago
I'm running out of adjectives to describe how wonderful -- how beautiful -- Louise Penny's books are. The inhabitants of the town of Three Pines are so compelling that you will never want to finish reading. As always, there are moments of great humor, suspense, and sorrow in the midst of a great murder mystery. The dead body is never the centerpiece, though -- it's her fascinating characters and how they blend, and break, that keeps us riveted to her stories.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book two days ago and I just could not put it down. It has it all. will definitely buy more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you think that Louise Penny writes only cozy little mysteries set in beautiful Qu¿bec, then reconsider. Her characters are complex, sometimes flawed, and her writing explores some of the darkest corners of human feelings. She is a marvelous writer and an adept observer of mankind, and her writing draws one in and forward through her books. Keep writing Ms. Penny! denversmile
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
Louise Penny has a gift for pulling me into Three Pines and into the lives of her characters. From tears to laughter, disgust to amazement, my reaction to this new book is WOW. This is another great read. If you are not familiar with this series I say start at the beginning with "Still Life" so that you can appreciate the character development. What a wonderful writer!!
MarjorieofConnecticut More than 1 year ago
Louise Penny has done it again. She has created yet another extraordinary novel (her 7th in the series) that is, yes, a mystery story, but as her devoted readers have come to expect, so much more. Her writing is so rich with the lives of her characters and so full of sly wit and grace that the only regret I had was knowing that it will be another year until I can read the next book! Her Chief Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines in "A Trick of the LIght" and enters the art world where all is not truth and beauty. To tell you any more of the plot would only deprive you of the joy of experiencing it all on your own. I was lucky enought to receive an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book and it was a pleasure to once again let Ms. Penny take me on a satisfying journey through the human heart and brain in all of its strengths and weaknesses and sorrows and joys. Enjoy!
sarahjm More than 1 year ago
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book and I truly couldn't put it down! Ms. Penny's writing is such a joy to dive into and so while I wanted to race to the end, I savored the dialogue, description, and wonderful character development as I read it. I refuse to give spoilers as that would ruin the book for others, but I will say that mystery fans will enjoy the progression of the story as it builds wonderfully and gives a great ending. I will also say that if you are a fan of the Gamache series, you better call in sick when this book comes out so that you don't have to be bothered by distractions like work... :) AND if you haven't read the other Gamache books, after reading this one, you will be racing to the book store for the first in the series! Enjoy!
Anonymous 28 days ago
I agree with those that call Louise Penny a genius. This is one of my favorite series as I've grown to love the characters and consider myself an Honorary Citizen of Three Pines. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and different
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Masterful, engaging and much more than a "cozy" mystery. Thoughtful reflections on life, love, friendship, marriage, good and evil -- and all the shades of light and darkness in between.
nsrn More than 1 year ago
SHE. IS. THE. BEST. Enough said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful mystery series that gets better with each book. I suggest reading them in order..
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mrszipper55 More than 1 year ago
I simply love this series of books. The characters are like close friends and family by this, the seventh book in the series. I haven't read any other books in a very long time that I literally HAVE to keep reading! I find myself thinking about the people & plots at random times of the day...kind of mulling things over. Of course, part of my 'obsession' may be due to the fact that when I first heard about this series, there were already seven books written, and so I read the first several back to back. Just superb!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hola Compadre! Welcome to the lair of the goddess of magic... (magic sparkles *****)
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Have enjoyed the series (my first was #8, a gift) and am looking forward to the next.
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