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A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Louise Penny

Narrated By: Ralph Cosham

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: August 2011

Duration: 11 hours 46 minutes


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.


  • Doreen B

    I keep trying to move on to other books, other series but I would feel lost. I have grown to love this series and I would absolutely miss the characters. Things have gotten pretty juicy in Three Pines! Indeed! There were some developments in this installment that peaked my interest . I am very curious how it will all play out. I love Louise Penny’s writing. It makes me wonder how a conversation would sound if talking to her in person. This novel was interesting on many levels, and was actually insightful. I just downloaded the next novel without hesitation, I can’t let much time pass between them, I am officially a Three Pines junky.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • SArah, A frequent listener

    I can see why "Grumpy" gave up on the recording but once past the first disc, it is a great story. When listening, you can always repeat the tracts till made clear.

  • Grumpy

    If this book has a redeeming feature, I couldn't find it. I listened to the entire first disc, could hardly make heads or tails about who was who, and simply could not get into it.

  • Aubrey Salinas

    I love the Gamache series by Louise Penny. It is written so well, you feel like you are there. I can't wait to finish the series.

  • Leigh Kennedy

    I love the Louise Penny Ganache mysteries!!! The narrator is excellent. I enjoy learning the correct pronunciation of the French words. I specially love the descriptions of the setting of this beautiful yet murderous town of Three Pines. It reminds me of the quirky TV series Murder She wrote (I know it was a book series first but never read the books). The Ganache books are so much more intelligent and interesting however. I will be listening to or reading each and every book!!!!

  • Bev Taylor

    Louise Penny has helped me enjoy mysteries. Trick of the Light is typical of her writing which takes you through all the intricacies of the plot without feeling obligated to detail the dark side of the actual crime scene. The setting comes alive to the point that you want to be there in the bistro! Though I didn't, I recommend that you read in chronological order.

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