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A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels)

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Publisher Comments:

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. 

 

Review:

"In Penny's outstanding seventh Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Gamache and his loyal deputy in Québec's Sûreté, Insp. Jean Guy Beauvoir, are still coming to terms with the multiple physical and emotional traumas they suffered in the previous book, Bury Your Dead. These tribulations have already cost Beauvoir his marriage. Meanwhile, the day after the triumphant opening of a show of their friend Clara Morrow's paintings at Montréal's Musée d'Art Contemporain, a dead woman with a broken neck turns up in Clara's garden in the small town of Three Pines. Gamache and his team return to this outwardly idyllic community once again to ascertain whether one of its residents is a murderer. With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow's artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author's characters. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2011
 
"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 Morrows garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Claras 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 theyve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
 
"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 Morrows garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Claras 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 theyve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

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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TinaC, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by TinaC)
A Trick of the Light is the latest Louise Penny hit. Time and money is never wasted when tucking into Penny's Three Pines mysteries. Great characters, wonderful backdrop, riveting story, plotting and a reveal that delivers. This is my pick for the 2012 Puddly Award.
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FUBSY , January 6, 2012 (view all comments by FUBSY )
Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries are simply brilliant, and this is the best so far. They take place in the fictitious Quebec village of Three Pines, which is replete with fascinating characters. Clara and Peter Morrow are artists, Ruth Zardo is an award-winning misanthropic poet awaiting the return of her rescued duck, and Gabi and Olivier run a bistro where the town gathers over croissants and cafe au lait to discuss the latest murder. The descriptions of the bill of fare make my mouth water. Gamache is the centerpiece of the author's carefully delineated players. His steadiness, compassion, and courage are inspiring. These people have become real to me, and it was with sadness that I read the last page. Penny's prose is lyrical, poetic and innovative. This book has plot, ideas, psychologically complex characters, and magnificent prose. It is everything a reader could want, and more. I'm holding my breath until the next one is published. No wonder Louise Penny has a fistful of awards.
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Robyn Burnside, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by Robyn Burnside)
The latest installment in the fantastic Armand Gamache series. Penny's rich characterizations and magnificent Eastern Canada backdrop continue to enrich yet another great mystery story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312655457
Author:
Penny, Louise
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Cosham, Ralph
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective/Traditional British
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
No. 7 of 9
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 CDs, 12 hours
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 368 pages Minotaur Books - English 9780312655457 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Penny's outstanding seventh Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Gamache and his loyal deputy in Québec's Sûreté, Insp. Jean Guy Beauvoir, are still coming to terms with the multiple physical and emotional traumas they suffered in the previous book, Bury Your Dead. These tribulations have already cost Beauvoir his marriage. Meanwhile, the day after the triumphant opening of a show of their friend Clara Morrow's paintings at Montréal's Musée d'Art Contemporain, a dead woman with a broken neck turns up in Clara's garden in the small town of Three Pines. Gamache and his team return to this outwardly idyllic community once again to ascertain whether one of its residents is a murderer. With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow's artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author's characters. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2011
 
"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 Morrows garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Claras 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 theyve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
 
"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 Morrows garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Claras 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 theyve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

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