Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Louise Penny has a way of bringing you into her stories of "Three Pines" and tucking you in with the characters. This addition is flooded with artists and critics, quite an eclectic group of the talented and those that wish they were. One of the subplots that surround this murder mystery is a look into the depth of alcoholism and how its destructive tentacles can reach into so many innocent lives.
Chief inspector Gamache and Jean Guy Beauvoir, his second, are recuperating physically and mentally from injuries they sustained in their last investigation. Being thrown unexpectedly into the middle of a murder investigation maybe just what they need to get them both back on track. The colorful and diverse friends that they have made in Three Pines, are evolving, and maybe even essential, to help them complete the full journey back to sound and complete well-being. Another great one in the series.
I read this because I have read all of the other books in this series.
While this wasn't the best in the series, I thought it was a solid effort. I like when the stories involve the villagers from Three Pines, and this story not only takes place there, but it has to do with the career of Clara Morrow, one of the "main" villagers. I liked that art played a central role, and also that there was some romantic intrigue -- one romance appears to be budding, while another fails.
The narrator is fantastic.
I was delighted to discover Louise Penny after she had already published several books in this series. I could listen to one right after the other without waiting for the release each year. If you like well-developed mystery characters and a delightful mis-en-scene, these will not disappoint. Have read or heard them all. My only wish is that she had some historical fiction in the same settings. That would be bonus fun.
Cut throat art world leads to broken necks.
Penny seems to know the ins and outs of the Montreal art scene. Her depiction of the dealers and brokers and their intrigues, gives the novel depth.
Gamache and Bouvoir continue to amaze as their relationship evolves.
On going reconsideration of Clara's relationship with her childhood friend is the kind of dynamic that Louise Penny handles so well. These are not one-dimensional characters. There is often no "one moment" but rather a building of small ones.
Ralph Cosham's voice and inflections make the novels, each and all, wonderful to the ear.
Penny takes her Three Pines characters and adds more layers of depth. I truly enjoyed not only the plot of the murder mystery, but the changes she puts in the lives of the villagers. If you haven't listened to any in this series, do so now. The narrator is one of the best you will hear.
I enjoyed trying to figure out who done it and why before reaching the end of the book. I was wrong... but it was a possibility.
This mystery was essentially impossible to solve, both for the detectives and the reader, because crucial information was not found or revealed until the end. But the murder seems almost incidental to the complex character development of Inspector Gamache, his chief deputy Beauvoir, the newly discovered artist Clara Morrow and her artist husband Peter. Much remains unresolved, and the stage is set for the next in the series. At least, I hope there will be another!
If you like Louise Penny, you'll really like this one. It's so much better than her last effort (although I gave that a 3-star rating, too, it was a low 3 and this is a high-3; alternatively, the last was a C and this is a solid B). I thought I had guessed how the story would end, but was surprised and pleased to find I'd been wrong. Ms Penny is doing a good job of character development: not in a straight line, but with enough new insights to make the reader/listener feel good about liking them. Ralph Cosham's narration is outstanding. I gave this a 3-star rating overall because it was a good, solid effort and I expect I will listen to it again in a few years.
Louise Penny's Inspecteur Gamache stories are wonderful in their civility, humor, and consistency. The stories are always riveting and the characters have become good friends. She writes well and with a heart. The strength of her books are more in the conflicts between people than in graphic and violent scenes so often found in other mystery series. Just like kids who would give anything to go to Hogwart, I would give anything to live in Three Pines. A Trick of the LIght is as good as her previous novels and, as always, it will be difficult to put the earbuds down.