#70 – A Trick Of The Light – Louise Penny

“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.  – Publishers Website

I was/am so blown away by Louise’s writing.  With this being my first foray into the land of Louise Penny’s Detective Gamache’s Mystery/Thriller series, I was certainly not disappointed in the least.  She makes you so comfortable as you are sitting there engaged in the realm of the book – Three Pines.  The local celebrities, some famous, some just local ones as Clara has come back from Montreal from her very first art show which  received rave reviews. It is as if you are sitting in the local café eating a pastry and a café au lait, enjoying the people watching from afar.

The morning after is something else entirely – A woman’s body is found in her garden bed of bleeding hearts.  When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives to see the scene and the guests that have inhabited this small sleepy town ( the art scene usual suspects) nothing is at is seems.  As Clara and many others in the book have found out, they are also shocked about who this woman was, the history behind the woman, the relationship this woman has with the visitors – as well as Clara and her husband.  Is it simply a Trick of The Light?

I loved the pace at which she puts you at ease immediately – not too slow, not too fast.  She sets a comfortable rhythm, then as you have gotten comfortable, it is as if she literally rips the chair or rug out from under you – into this world of unknown, until the last word read; you are left out of breath, wondering, waiting for the next opportunity to be entrenched in her web of mystery, like an addict needing that next fix.  I don’t think I have ever been so entranced in a mystery / thriller like this in a long time.  But, I only found this out lately, I cannot wait until I have the chance to read her other work that has been previously published, and of course when the next one will be out in the world so I can devour it just as fast as I did this one.

It also happens that Louise is a fellow Canadian.

Excerpt – Reading Guide – print onlineGoodreadsFacebookBlogWebsite



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