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A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
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Sep 03, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
Read in September, 2011

A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny, A. Narrated by Ralph Cosham, produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

We are back again for a visit in the town of Three Pines, Quebec-full of wonderful characters, most of whom are kind, but who do have some dark secrets among them. Clara Morrow is finally going to have her solo show exhibiting her art in one of the most famous museums in Quebec. Everyone is at the opening and is praising her work. Most people come with her and peter back to Three Pines for a party, and everyone is celebrating. However, in the morning, a woman is found dead in Clara’s garden. She doesn’t recognize the woman, but when her wallet is found it turns out the woman was Lillian Dyson, her best friend in childhood. But the friendship soured when Lillian was hired as an art critic and totally tore down Clara’s work. Clara was crushed and it took many years before she attempted to show her art again. The critic savaged many up and coming artists ruining their lives. Clara can’t help but think that Lillian showed up at her party to ruin it for her again. As Inspector Gamache begins to piece together what happened, he finds that there are light and dark contrasts in every person involved. Three art dealers are there vying for Clara and Peter’s art; three people who knew the murder victim from A.A. described her as a very different woman from the one Clara remembered. And is Peter really pleased with her success, or is he jealous that he hasn’t had as much success as she has had in this first show. In this book, everyone including Inspector Gamache, had secrets and there are left feelings of hurt and betrayal from previous books that have not yet been put to rest. This is a series the reader should read in order. This is a very good book, each one of Penny’s books get better and better.

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