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!
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!
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.
Another wonderful book Ms. Penny. I can't wait for the next installment of the Gamache series.
Worth the wait
I found this author late , but I am delighted with her books !