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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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  • akaGracie
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 10-19-11

One of the Best of the Series

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Such a pleasure to have her back!

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Another wonderful book from Louise Penny

Another wonderful book Ms. Penny. I can't wait for the next installment of the Gamache series.

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  • Janet
  • Doniphan, MO, United States
  • 09-11-11

Louise Pennys Inspector Gamache series is the best

If you could sum up A Trick of the Light in three words, what would they be?

Worth the wait

Any additional comments?

I found this author late , but I am delighted with her books !

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Mazrui
  • Silver Spring, MD United States
  • 09-11-11

Best in the 3 Pines Series

Just when you thought the series could not get better, it does! Start with Still Life and continue through this book.

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Fantastic!

Love the narrator, love the story. Hope Louise Penny writes many, many more in this series.

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Not as good as the others

This book actually got boring with all the squabbles between artists and art dealers. Parts of the story felt shoved in to make a tale. Writing and plot are not up to Louise Party’s abilities and creativity.

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another good twist

I continue to enjoy the stories and the twist that keep me thinking. I look forward to more in the series.

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Wrong narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Don't really know, just entering text to get to return book button.

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

No, just entering text to get to return book button.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Boring voice!

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Well read and welldone

One of Louise Penny's best. An array of suspects, and she fooled me again.
I love the writing and will go on to Penny's next 3 Pines mystery.