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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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A Trick of the Light
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4.2 / 5
Clara gets her exhibition
October 7th, 2014
A dead body is found in Peter and Clara's garden the morning after Clara's big art show. Peter is challenged to adapt to Clara's emerging prominence, and Clara gets clarity. Beauvoir is still recovering from the ambushed raid, physically and psychicly.
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A Trick of the Light
September 20th, 2014
Impressive blend of mystery and the familiar
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Awesome Read
September 16th, 2014
Like the other books by this author, this is a story you fall into as you feel like you are there! I've read all her books and highly recommend this CANADIAN author!!!!
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March 20th, 2014
Another great read by Louise Penny!
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January 24th, 2014
I have read all of the Inspector Gamache series to date and my only complaint is that Louise Penny does not write as fast as I read her novels! The characters come to life in her books and the reader becomes attached to various persons for various reasons as in real life. Louise Penny manages to inject something of the unexpected in each of her mysteries. Everything goes on hold when I am able to get a new release. LOVE her writing.
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I loved it!
November 5th, 2013
Louise Penny is my new favourite Canadian author. :)
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A Trick of Light
June 30th, 2013
Fourth time through, still wonderful! Looking forward to August 27th! Latest novel by Louise Penny. Pre-ordered.
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A trick of the light I'm
May 20th, 2013
I could not put it down' wonderful writing
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