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A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)by Louise Penny
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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 latest whodunit in this popular series, Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the SÃ»retÃ© du QuÃ©bec and his assistant, Insp. Jean Guy Beauvoir, are back in the small village of Three Pines. This time, the sleuths are called to the home of artist Clara Morrow when a corpse is discovered in the garden. Veteran Penny narrator Ralph Cosham — whose British accent in no way hinders him from lapsing into QuÃ©bÃ©cois when necessary — reads with a mellow baritone that is an ideal match for the thoughtful Gamache. Additionally, he succeeds at creating voices for other continuing characters, including the sardonic, psychically damaged Beauvoir and the hapless but undaunted Clara. Cosham also ably renders the emotional art crowd, the envious painters, the fiercely competitive gallery owners, the snarky, self-styled critics, and an angry and ancient poetess whose late arrival ends this beautifully performed audiobook on a perfect note. A Minotaur Books hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
LOUISE PENNY won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards for her first novel, Still Life, which was also named one of five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures. She went on to win the Agatha Award three years in a row, as well as the Anthony Award for the Best Crime Novel for The Brutal Telling and a second Dilys Award for Bury Your Dead. A Rule Against Murder, The Brutal Telling, and Bury Your Dead were all New York Times bestsellers. Louise lives in a small village south of Montreal. Visit her on Facebook and at www.louisepenny.com.
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