We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
A Trick of the Light Audiobook

A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

“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.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

Publisher's Summary

“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.

©2011 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (1677 )
5 star
 (1149)
4 star
 (403)
3 star
 (92)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (13)
Overall
4.6 (1457 )
5 star
 (1005)
4 star
 (332)
3 star
 (91)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (10)
Story
4.7 (1462 )
5 star
 (1167)
4 star
 (228)
3 star
 (46)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (11)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Don Crowe 11-24-14
    Don Crowe 11-24-14 Member Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A mystery.


    Has A Trick of the Light turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre, no. Series, yes.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    The most disappointing book I have ever experienced. This was supposed to be a mystery, but only about 20% of this book was a mystery, the rest I guess you would classify it as fiction. If an author wants to write something different that's fine, but don't disappoint your readers by putting it in the middle of a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol 10-05-14
    Carol 10-05-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Needs revised editing"
    Any additional comments?

    As always, Louise Penny and Ralph Cosham do not disappoint. Love this series and love Mr. Cosham's narration of this series. My only gripe is the editing of this particular book. As the reviewer before me mentioned, there are no pauses between scene changes and it is incredibly disconcerting to go from a description of one character in one place to a completely different character and place without a breath being taken. Pauses also give the listener a place to pause themselves to do things back in this reality and then return without losing the story line. I am listening to the series in order, so hope this is not a new trend. All that said, love this book and this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 07-07-14
    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014

    An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Welcome Back to 3 Pines"

    I eagerly await each new book in the 3 Pines series. Ms Penny has created a cast of characters that feel as comfortable as family. There is mystery and intrigue, but integrity and a moral as well. Ralph Gosham is the voice of these characters, especially Gamache and it would be unthinkable to ever make a change in narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 05-11-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 05-11-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    608
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    476
    339
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    96
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Louise Penny's best work so far"

    Hhhmmm, what to write! I found Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series earlyy enough on that I was able to start at book #1. This is her seventh book in the series. She is one of those authors where as they gain experience their writing keeps getting better and better. This book is the best so far. I enjoyed her earlier books but they sometimes plodded a bit while this one kept me engrossed as the story evolved. In this book the author tacked the art industry; artists and art dealers and one of her comments is that the industry has two main motiviations, greed and fear. She also delves into alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The author put on facebook January 2 of this year that she had been sober 20 years on that day and that anyone out there with the same problems to take heart that they are not alone. I would guess some of what she writes comes from personal experience. Anywya, she weavess art and alcoholism into this latest tale. It's really like the murder becomes secondary to the story and she writes about human nature, relationships. life,e tc. The story takes place once again in Three Pines a small village in Quebec, Canada somewhere south of Montreal not too far from the Vermont border, a place that can't be found on any map. Three Pines does have quite the incredible characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alexandria New York 05-10-14
    Alexandria New York 05-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Alexandria

    HELPFUL VOTES
    80
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    180
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Evolution of Penny"

    I've always liked these books despite their flimsy story lines and sappy characterizations. There's something comfortable about them and about Ralph Cosham's voice that keeps me returning to this series and helps me overlook the flaws in writing and conception. But this book surprised me.

    This is perhaps the best written and conceived book of the series so far. Penny's confidence is clearly growing as her characters and plot lines gain complexity and depth. The best part is that the ending was entirely a surprise, but not a sloppy one as she is prone to. This ending was clearly thought out, and I'm looking forward to the continued evolution of Penny's writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-04-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    133
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    125
    125
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Many plot threads left hanging"
    What did you like best about A Trick of the Light? What did you like least?

    What was most amazing to me about this book is how much was left unresolved at the end. I counted at least 5 plot points left hanging and this is not a short book. That was disappointing A lot of the book resolves around AA which Penny seemed to enjoy mocking .Somehow that seemed really odd. I did not care for a lot of the characters, particularly Suzanne, but I don't suppose you have to like everyone in a murder mystery. Still I am used to enjoying this series more. I also couldn't help but think while reading that this was the first Gamache book in which it appeared to be absolutely no fun to be Gamache. Even in the book where he tries to recover from the factory killings, he enjoys reading and food and stuff like this. In this one, he gets a lot of crap from people - Olivier, Beauvoir, etc. Just seemed way less satisfying for him and somehow for me too. I also had a strong idea who the killer was, and I never try to figure that out ahead of time. Still I would have had a hard time believing in it turning out to be someone else.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    carina 07-05-13
    carina 07-05-13 Member Since 2010

    Retired teacher

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    48
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "For Intelligent Readers and Art Enthusiasts"
    Where does A Trick of the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of my Louise Penny favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trick of the Light?

    A conversations between Chief Inspector Gamache and his next in command, Inspector Bovoir concerning finding the perfect life partner. A very personal and sweet moment.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his voice, his use of some French words. He is just perfect for how I imagine Chief Inspector Gamache.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An inside look at the REAL world of Artists and Art collectors


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable story with some of the best characters at Three Pines, and an in depth look into the personalities of artists and art collectors. Bravo !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    patsy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-25-13
    patsy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but not her best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This isn't the strongest plot in the Inspector Gamache series. Still good just not the best of these.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Inspector Gamache is wonderful. All the characters are great, though.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The reader, Ralph Cosham, is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paul and Courtney Berkeley, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Paul and Courtney Berkeley, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2015

    Paul Osborne

    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    269
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Mystery with Too Much Soap Opera"

    Louise Penny found a great thing by putting a solid back story with her characters as well as creating good mysteries. In this installment though, there is just to much peripheral, that it threatens to take over the book. Still a good mystery, but a bit too much drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A. D. Mcrae 08-27-12
    A. D. Mcrae 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    ADM

    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    177
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Great Community in these stories"

    I wandered into Louise Penny by accident of adventure and have not looked back since. I found in her stories an exquisite writer who paints fleshly characters that have evolved continually over the series. I want to move to Three Pines, regardless of the murder rate. I am glad Ms Penny decided to continue the series. I loved the questions she weaves through the narratives: here she asks about the play of light in life, in a painting that really offers food for thought. The mysteries are also wonderful. The narrator has never failed to deliver an excellent performance either. Treat yourself to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.