I have no idea why I want to rab the next book in this series the minute I am closing the current one Let s face it the series has become uite formulaic and the characters are all the same Yet after every book I still want to pack my bags and move to the murder capital of Canada namely Three Pines For such a small town it is really riddled with violent deaths The only reason why it is known is for its murders The town was never surveyed it is no where to be found on any GPS or sat nav system Not many people know where it isClara Morrow finally Jesus Calling gets her solo exhibition Not just any exhibition it is No it is one to die for Who would have thought thatreed and jealousy would become the main features of this event It was supposed to be the highlight of her career Until a body is found in her Ebeles Favourite garden after the big night It was suppose to be Clara s final emergence into the world where she was not treated any longer as the person who could be interrupted or ignored The wallflower of her family and community For so many years she did her own paintings behind closed doors and allowed her husband to excel in the art world with her being his most dedicated supporter But when her artwork is discovered and she becomes the star everything around her turns nasty The thin line between light and dark is shattered for so many people One can argue that the plot is multi leveled and textured But in effect it is actually the characters as well as the relationships that form the backbone of this novel This murder is about contrasts said Gamache his voice low soft About sober an drunk About appearance and reality About change for the better or for the worse The play of light and dark Chief Inspector Gamache Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir and Agent Isabelle Lacoste from the S ret du uebec are back The core personalities of Three Pines are back as well Ruth is still Ruth with her sharp potty mouth comments about people and life s mysteries Peter and Clara s relationship is coming to a head with the way he is reacting to her success Myrna still sells books and still has an ear for everybody s problems including Clara s Olivier and Gabri are still running the restaurant with the delicious foodTo solve the murder it will be necessary to follow the facts as well as the feelings It is after all feelings that fuels human activities well most of the time And isn t it true that artists are an emotional passionateroup of people driven by their egos and fears And then the allery owners are acting as the bridge between money and talent Gallery owners such as Francois Marois Andr Castonguay Denis Fortin The littery art world is often backed up by back alleys sualid places with used condoms and empty needles littering the The Quiet Front ground Thelorious front hid what is foul Which is the real side And where exactly did Lilian Dyson fit into this cut throat world of art She sat forward curious to see how Clara would handle this attack Because that was what it was Civil and subtle and said with a smile A sort of social neutron bomb Meant to keep the structure of polite conversation standing while slaying the person Myrna almost agged If she heard the word stunning once she really would vomit She wonders what it was code for Crappy Hideous So
far Normand had described Clara s works which he clearly didn t Normand had described Clara s works which he clearly didn t as stunning Paulette had said Normand was planning some powerful pieces which she assured them they d find stunning And of course they were simply stunned by Clara s success But then they d admitted to being stunned by Lilian s murder This book is about Clara about Gamache and Beauvoir s friendship being tested after the incident in which both almost lost their lives it s about the inner workings of the art world Chiaroscuro contrast between light and dark JuxtapositionThe story is really so multi faceted it will take a reread to really absorb it all A very ood experience in the seriesAlthough there are the overly well known elements in the book adding the slightly predictable and tedious touch to the exercise there are also the different new themes bringing in depth and mystery into the lives of Three Pines and it s people One aspect I did not like was the multiple paragraphs of preachy speechy monologues worked into the dialogue It was not even interesting Just plain boring In retrospect it became irrelevant though and for other readers perhaps younger and still a long way to o in life it might be highly "interesting information Well as the AA calls their speeches SHARES these monologue shares "information Well as the AA calls their speeches SHARES these monologue shares perhaps for another audience I therefore accept it as such Once again I cherish this read Pleasant and ood That s the bottom line and therefore recommended I am still very much in love with Three Pines 45 But there was to Three Pines than magic Something monstrous had roamed the village Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval green had eaten the food and danced among them Something dark had joined the party that night And produced not magic but murder I just left the bitter cold and stink of Henry VIII s turbulent England to take respite in Three Pines I was looking forward to some drinks by the fire and some special bistro meals but of course each time Chief Inspector Armand Gamache the head of homicide at the S ret du u bec is there it is because there is a homicide of course to investigateThis time a body is found in Peter and Clara Morrow sarden right after a party they held to celebrate her new found success as an artist Both Peter and Clara are artists He is mainstream. Hearts are broken Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book Sweet relationships are deadBut now Lillian herself is dead Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's arden in Three Pines shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the.
Louise Penny ✓ 3 reviewPolicy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Without a doubt this is the best book I ve read so far in this series they must be read in order but don t worry the whole series is lovely What can I say about this book After the last book took us outside of the town of Three Pines I was happy to return to it and all it s murderous wonder Truly the town does have a murder problem but if you ignore that inconvenient fact I would absolutely live in this completely fictional place It s all about the townspeople I mean characters This book truly brings them all to life and I was happy to be back with my old friends I especially enjoyed how this book touched further on the relationships between Jean Guy BeauvoirChief Inspector Gamache and Clara MorrowPeter Morrow If you aren t reading this series you ARE MISSING OUT and I think I say that in every review for this series but I m serious The Hook I almost feel uilty about the review I am Aliens Among Us going to write about A Trick of Light I feeluilty because Louise Penny s Armand Gamache Novels are winning awards all over the board for best mystery writing and yet the mystery is secondary to me It is hard to determine what is most important in this series the humor the people the locale or references to art food nature or in this case the exploration of light and dark and all its connotations My pleasure comes not from the solving of the murder that is always a part of A Three Pines or environs mystery but in the day to day life of this close knit village Perhaps I should feel some sympathy for the departed persons and True Paradise gratification for justice done when the Chief solves the murder but Iet much from just spending time in this place Penny has imagined The Line Who is it exactly all these years you have needed to forgive The Sinker A basic definition of sinker A weight of lead or other metals designed to sink a hooked bait or lureLiving in a small town myself I can appreciate the traits of its residents the ossip the cliues the politics the feuds the history These characteristics are what make Three Pines special Just like where I live I don t like all the characters but respect the skill that it takes for Penny to portray a personality I don t like A Trick of Light weaves a tale of art friendship marriage and in the brilliance of light and the brooding of its lack I have rown uite fond of Ralph Colsham the narrator of the first ten in this series I enjoy his accent and ease in switching characters and scenes His French pronunciation is a plus in listening rather than reading He is just plain easy on my ears a uiet subtle approach to both the ood and the bad that happen in the stories After his death in 2014 Robert Bathurst narrates "I hear these are ood but I can t help wonder if I ll make the transition without "hear these are ood but I can t help wonder if I ll make the transition without or difficulty Louise Penny has written another winner in this award winning series Flavia s followers will know that I
M A Huge Fana huge fan Louise Penny who has now won among many other awards an astonishing four consecutive Agatha Awards for her Armand Gamache seriesA new book from Louise is like Christmas in summer a treat to be eked out and made to last InterestedWell fetch the fireworks Send up the skyrockets today is publication day for A Trick of the Light the seventh in the series and I for one can t wait to et my hands on itSince Louise is in many ways the Godmother of the Flavia b In Bury Your Dead Clara Morrow s one woman art show appeared to be dead but then she met someone who set in motion and even better art show at a Montreal Art Museum which is where this story opens The art show is followed by a party back at Three Pines for invited uests The next morning Clara discovers the body of a dead woman in her arden She is wearing a bright red dress and at first no one recognizes her or remembers seeing her at the party When she is identified it turns out that she is Lillian Dyson a childhood friend of Clara s
Someone Who Clara Hadwho Clara had falling out with A very unpleasant falling out The obvious suspect would appear to be Clara But Lillian had managed to make enemies than friends and there was no shortage of Lillian s enemies at Clara s partyThere are a couple of different themes throughout the story One is chiaroscuro the interplay of light and dark which distinguishes Clara s artwork and also seems to apply to friendships in this story Marriages that are ending or on the verge of ending Another theme that appears throughout the story is that of addiction The reader is Από τη Μήδεια στη Σταχτοπούτα, Η ιστορία του φαλλού given alimpse into Alcoholics Anonymous and how the alcoholic strives for recovery with support from fellow alcoholics and the steps While some are working towards recovery another is sinking deeper into his addiction Louise Penny s characters are very realistic and complex Sometimes heartbreaking so They are characters you wish you knew Someone you would like to sit down with at the bistro in front of a fire share a meal and a drink with some conversation An Intriguing WhodunitThe author has won several awards for her novels and after reading A Trick of the Light my first crime novel purchased in several years I can appreciate why I enjoyed this book very much as the story had an intriguing murder mystery to solve along with several interesting characters each with their own sorrows and tales to divulge Move over Detective Poirot Chief Inspector Gamache is indeed a force to be reckoned with. 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 lig. Commercial while she is uirky and original as is her personality She is always a bit rumpled with crumbs on her blouse and hair unkempt while he adores her but can t seem to help putting her down so that he is the alpha painter in the householdShe has just had a spectacular showing Only the select were invited to a vernissage especially at the famous Mus e in Montr al The monied the influential the artist s friends and family And the artist In that order Very little was expected of an artist at the vernissage If they were clothed and sober most curators considered themselves fortunate I put some background about vernissage in a spoiler disgressionview spoilerI was not familiar with the term vernissage so I thought I d share the definition and pronunciation I say that because I was surprised how many Harry Potter readers were hearing Hermione in their heads as HER mee own instead of her MY oh nee So in the event you are ever invited to one this is what it is according to the Oxford Dictonary online Lexico A private view of paintings before public exhibition OriginFrench literally varnishing originally referring to the day prior to an exhibition when artists were allowed to retouch and varnish hung workIt s pronounced to rhyme with carefree RAJ I made that up and hope you know how to say Raj either from the days of the Raj British crown rule in India or from dear Raj of the Big Bang Theory tv series hide spoiler After a This Poison Will Remain great deal of self exploration in the past novel Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is back in another police procedural penned by the fabulous Louise Penny After a long career as an artist Three Pines resident Clara Morrow has secured a solo exhibition of her work at a high endallery in Montreal Many of the big names in the local and international art scene have flocked to see what is What Red Was going on including Gamache and his second in command Jean Guy Beauvoir Eager to see the reviews the following morning Clara heads out to collect the newspaper but comes face to face with a body in herarden someone she knew well from her past After summoning Gamache and the rest of the Homicide suad of the S ret du u bec all eyes turn to the Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, guests at an exclusive party after theallery showing Top of the list would have to be Clara when it is revealed that the victim Lillian Dyson was best friends with the local artist until a falling out decades before No one can be entirely sure how Lillian made it to the party or how she might have one unnoticed Gamache begins digging into the victim s background seeking to discover her ties to both Clara and the art community However it is a piece of evidence found near the body that proves most useful in the investigation taking things on a winding tour into a world that Gamache could not have expected There Gamache encounters those he knows but admits this is a side to them he could not have fathomed All the while Inspector Beauvoir comes to his "superior with an admission tied to that bloody shootout months before and how he s had "with an admission tied to that bloody shootout months before and how he s had epiphany This revelation could shock not only the Homicide suad but Gamache to the core With a killer out there Gamache must try to focus without letting Beuavoir s news derail him at the most inopportune time Penny does so well to pull the reader in with fresh ideas and new angles to murder without letting things o stale or rogue Recommended to series fans who have a reat handle on the characters and writing style At this
Point I Would Strongly SuggestI would strongly suggest readers begin where the series began and progress accordinglyLouise Penny has never rested on her laurels when writing novels in this series as she seeks to find new and exciting ways to entertain her readers She also has a wonderful way of not only coaxing out the changing seasons as a strong backdrop but also hones the attention on a Three Pines resident and crafting a mystery around their life Clara Morrow has never been a wallflower though pushing the attention suarely on her works well in this novel as the art world receives much of the attention throughout From creation of art distilling what works and how reviews can make or break a budding artist Penny push This is definitely a series which is improved by reading the books in order By this stage book 7 the reader and the characters have become friends and Three Pines a place to look forward to visitingI really enjoyed A Trick of the Light and read it in one evening though I must admit I stayed up very late indeed to finish it I was well rewarded though by that last little bit about Ruth I do hope it really is what she has been waiting forThe theme of this book is probably forgiveness and there are a number of relationships undergoing stress and change The mystery is intriguing and takes our allant Chief Inspector to some unusual places including a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous but for me it took second place to the lives of the familiar main characters of the series And now I am already looking forward to the next book and to finding out where the various loose ends lead us next I dabble
in reading mysteries i enjoy them but ireading mysteries I enjoy them but I t Life by Committee generally seek them out Louise Penny is an exception to this rule These days she s the one mystery author I will actively seek out often borrowing copies of her books we veiven to my mother or mother in law Her books are always a pleasure to read combining well crafted mysteries with wonderful charactersNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads. Famed Musée in Montréal Chief Inspector Gamache the head of homicide at the Sûreté du uébec is called to the tiny uébec village and there he finds the art world Inner Factors That Control Outer Success 10 CDS gathered and with it a world of shading and nuance a world of shadow and light Where nothing.