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A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
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Oct 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, mystery
Read in October, 2011

Penny's in good form with this mystery set in the art world and AA meetings. Gamache and his team are off to Three Pines yet again to investigate the death of a nasty art critic who shows up in Clara's garden. But the art critic has reformed...maybe. Nice psychological questioning: Do people ever really change? If so, how? Penny plays with the idea of "chiaroscuro" and of apologies and forgiveness, all while keeping up the pleasant banter of her characters and gentle heroism of the homicide team.

Nice quote from character explaining alcoholism (or in a Christian application, sin):
Most of us are brought down by a bunch of tiny transgressions. Little things that add up until we collapse under them. It's fairly easy to avoid doing the big bad things, but it's the hundred mean little things that'll get you eventually. If you listen to people long enough you realize it's not the slap or the punch, but the whispered gossip, the dismissive look. The turned back. That's what people with any conscience are ashamed of. That's what they drink to forget. (p. 214)

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