A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny audiobook

A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

By Louise Penny
Read by Ralph Cosham

Macmillan Audio 9781427213204

The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels: Book 7

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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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2012 Anthony Award for Best Novel

A 2012 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel

A 2011 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Novel

A 2011 Arthur Ellis Award Finalist for Best Crime Novel

Winner of the 2011 Dilys Award

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book for Crime Fiction

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book: Mysteries

A 2011 BookPage Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 iTunes Best Audiobook: Top 10

Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List

A Washington Post bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A NPR bestseller

Winner of Anthony Awards - Winner, 2012

Nominated for Agatha Awards - Nominee, 2011

Nominated for Macavity Award - Nominee, 2012

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The superbly gifted Louise Penny is on my secret shortlist of must-read authors, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT proves why. Artist Clara Morrow is about to have a prestigious show of her paintings when her childhood friend is found murdered, and the finger of suspicion points to Clara. Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, and using his trademark powers of deduction and his intuitive knack for the right question at the right time, he exposes the darkness that underlies the bright stars of Montreal's art world, where competition between friends, and even between husband and wife, can turn lethal. Ultimately, of course, it's Louise Penny who steals the show, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT will not only keep you engrossed from start to finish, it will teach you something new about love, truth, and the human heart. Lisa Scottoline
“A deceptively charming whodunit, which observes the cozy plot conventions of a village mystery while delivering acute insights into the complicated motives of complex characters.” New York Times Book Review
Outstanding….With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow's artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author's characters. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Like P. D. James, Penny shows how the tight structure of the classical mystery story can accommodate a wealth of deeply felt emotions and interpersonal drama. Booklist
Penny's characters are sharply drawn, realistically complicated and heartbreakingly real. Wonderful, complex characters and sophisticated plotting makes this a perfect book. Do not miss it. RT Book Reviews
Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting and artistic sensitivity. And there could be no better explanation of A.A. than you will find here. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Stellar…With her smart plot and fascinating, nuanced characters, Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers.” People (4 stars)
“Louise Penny elevates the small-town murder mystery to new heights in this seventh installment of her psychologically piercing series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.” Parade (Book of the Week Pick)
“A commanding and artful performance…For connoisseurs of mysteries, success is judged by the genre’s holy trinity: plot, people, and prose. When all three attain excellence, a fourth quality shines through: power…What lifts her work to the highest plane is the deep sense of humanity with which she invests her novels, and A Trick of the Light satisfies and surpasses that standard.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Superb…masterful…Penny continues to amaze with each novel. Wrapped in exciting plots and domestic details, her characters are people we want to follow through their very real joys and sorrows.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Penny’s characters are sharply drawn, realistically complicated, and heartbreakingly real. Wonderful, complex characters, and sophisticated plotting makes this a perfect book. Do not miss it.” Romantic Times (Top Pick)
“Outstanding…With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow’s artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author’s characters.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting, and artistic sensitivity.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Like P. D. James, Penny shows how the tight structure of the classical mystery story can accommodate a wealth of deeply felt emotions and interpersonal drama…Top of the genre.” Booklist
“A gripping mystery.” Associated Press

Reviews

Reviews

by Holly 9/13/2017
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Still Great!

This series continues to surprise me with how consistently good it is. Ms. Penny is not afraid to show her characters' flaws, and that helps the series continue to develop and evolve. Gamache is still one of my favorite literary creations of all time—that increases with each book. But other characters have started falling from grace.

I highly, highly recommend this series, but start from the beginning.

Author

Author Bio: Louise Penny

Author Bio: Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and multiple Agatha Awards and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada “for her contribution to Canadian culture.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 11.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English