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A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | [Louise Penny]

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.
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“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

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    Pat 05-24-12
    Pat 05-24-12
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    "I am such a fan!"
    What did you love best about A Trick of the Light?

    I have enjoyed all of Louise Penny's book, and this one is my favorite. The character development, suspense, humor and wit.

    The narrator brings her wonderful writing to life.


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    Dawn Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 04-12-12
    Dawn Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 04-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    This was a weak, rather bland book. I was expecting much more based on the reviews.

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    Ann NEW YORK, NY, United States 04-11-12
    Ann NEW YORK, NY, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I really wanted to like this but...."

    I tried so hard to enjoy this book but I was so distracted by the irritating voice of the narrator that I couldn't keep my mind on the story. I finally gave up about 3/4 of the way through the book. I agree with one of the other reviewers-it sounded like a bad Cary Grant imitation. I'm disappointed because I'd love to listen to another Chief Inspector Gamache book by Louise Penny but they're all narrated by the same man. I'm disappointed.

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    Catherine 02-02-12
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    "Art and Mystery both Well Done"

    I enjoy all of the Inspector Gamache mysteries, but I think this is my favorite because of the interesting discussion of art and artists.
    A nice cozy mystery with fun locations and characters.

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    Kira Connecticut, USA 12-26-11
    Kira Connecticut, USA 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Intelligent, Entertaining Mystery--Best Narrator!"
    What did you love best about A Trick of the Light?

    The narration by Ralph Cosham is first rate! This is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to where the narration is seamless--effective and not at all disruptive. After listening to about half of it, I was telling a friend about the audiobook and I couldn't even remember if Cosham was acting out the characters or doing a straight reading of the story! (He does act them out, but so unobtrusively, that the listener isn't distracted by strange or bizarre sounding voices, such as an older woman attempting to sound like a young man.)


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

    There were too many to choose one--but I can't reveal more than that!


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

    Clara is probably my favorite because she is just so genuine and likeable. However, Penny goes deeply into the mind of her main character, Chief Inspector Gamache, to share his thoughts and insights. It adds another dimension to a well-plotted narrative, and raises these books to a level above most mystery novels.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but just because I wanted to take my time and savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    All of the Louise Penny

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    Melissa Bloomington, IN, United States 12-22-11
    Melissa Bloomington, IN, United States 12-22-11
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    "Another compelling Louise Penny listen"

    The newest of the series does not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.I will note that I couldn't imagine reading these out of order--each book builds on the previous one, particularly with respect to character development.

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    Kathy 12-01-11
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    "Not quite the best yet..."

    I love this series and adore the narrator. All of the Inspector Gamache novels have a touch of the fabulous (in all three senses of the word: extraordinary, amazingly good, and mythical) but this particular novel strained credulity in a different--and not so wonderful--way.

    It was Gamache's nearly total ignorance of the way Alcoholics Anonymous works that bothered me the most. I find it hard to believe that a career policeman would not have had multiple contacts with AA. I rather felt like the author had just discovered AA and wanted to make sure we readers learned all about it. It made me impatient.

    I believe I would have preferred an approach such as this: "Gamache was well aware of the challenges facing AA members, having tried and failed many years ago to persuade a friend and colleague to attend one of the many meetings held weekly in Quebec. His failure pained him deeply, as his friend's impaired judgment had fatal consequences one frigid night after the two policemen had left a local bistro where much too much whiskey had been consumed."

    Then we could have got on with the story, knowing that Gamache and the readers were on the same page. Occasional references to AA policies and procedures could then be sprinkled in without the pedantic and somewhat tedious recitations that slowed the story considerably.

    But! I love this series and adore the narrator! I can hardly wait for the next book!

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    mhurban 11-30-11
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    "Trick of the Light another winner by Louise Penny"

    Enjoyed the latest of this series as much as the other books by Louise Penny.
    The reader is superb and the stories spellbinding. I have listened to several of the books again to be sure I did not miss anything.

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    Joyce PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 11-29-11
    Joyce PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this whole series."

    Fell in love with the series. All of the books kept up with my expectations. Louise is consistantly enertaining. Bury your dead was the least of my favorites. But the rest of the series became adictive. I read them all in four weeks. Sorry to see the end. Hope for more

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    Marne Seattle, WA, United States 11-25-11
    Marne Seattle, WA, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about A Trick of the Light?

    It is complicated and approachable all at the same time. Her stories are are written on multiple levels and keep you fully engrossed.


    What about Ralph Cosham???s performance did you like?

    His performance is clear and without being exaggerated, very exciting. His presentation of the French makes it clear even to me - a non-French speaker.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, because Penny makes you want to know more and more. Instead it is wonderful to dole it out in smaller bits and make it last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I can hardly wait for her next book - especially because she left so many loose ends (which I don't think she did in previous stories)

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