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A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
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Aug 18, 11

bookshelves: mystery-adventure-thriller, inspector-gamache
Read in August, 2011

Once again Louise Penny crafts a superb mystery set in the small village of Three Pines somewhere in the province of Quebec. Three Pines cannot be found on any map. As one of the characters says you have to be lost to find it. The two major businesses in town seem to be creating a sense of well being and murder. A bit incongruous you might say and you would be right. On the surface, we see a village full of peace and tranquility peopled by characters such as Clara & Peter. These married artists are trying to achieve their dreams of recognition and acceptance in the art world. A couple who share art, but not the art of sharing. Ruth, the prize winning poet, whose beautiful poetry is only eclipsed by her excessive drinking and foul mouthed rudeness. Gabri and Olivier the gay couple who own the B&B and the bistro. One opens his heart and hearth to all, the other has secretly taken advantage of others for monetary gain. The paradoxes that abound in Three Pines seem to feed a hunger for murder. As Clara is finally being recognized for her art with a celebration party in her home, an uninvited guest turns up murdered in her garden. It turns out to be an art critic who Clara hasn't seen since Clara received a scathing review from her years ago. Once again Chief Inspector Gamache has to deduce who among those visiting or living in this deceptively quiet village is a cold blooded killer. As in all Ms. Perry's books we enjoy meeting the characters, feeling and sharing their emotions, their doubts, hopes, and fears. The joy and learning are in the journey not just in reaching the destination. The book stands alone very well, but your enjoyment will be further enhanced by reading the previous book in this series, Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel This book provided for review by the well read folks at Amazon Vine.
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