A Trick of the LightBook - 2011
A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011
"Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm...." -- Booklist (starred review)
"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.
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"God," whispered Beauvoir. "No wonder people drink. This's about as much fun as drowning." p 166 (referring to an AA meeting.)
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec has the murder of an artist in Three Pines to deal with. The question to ponder is: Do people change?
This story takes place in summer so, although there are secondary story lines, there aren't the usual inaccurate winter observations that I find annoying.
I gave this story a 7/10.
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