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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,943 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date:
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“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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deceptively charming whodunit, which observes the cozy plot conventions of a village mystery while delivering acute insights into the complicated motives of complex characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stellar…With her smart plot and fascinating, nuanced characters, Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “Louise Penny elevates the small-town murder mystery to new heights in this seventh installment of her psychologically piercing series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.”

    Parade (Book of the Week Pick)

  • “A commanding and artful performance…For connoisseurs of mysteries, success is judged by the genre’s holy trinity: plot, people, and prose. When all three attain excellence, a fourth quality shines through: power…What lifts her work to the highest plane is the deep sense of humanity with which she invests her novels, and A Trick of the Light satisfies and surpasses that standard.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Superb…masterful…Penny continues to amaze with each novel. Wrapped in exciting plots and domestic details, her characters are people we want to follow through their very real joys and sorrows.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Penny’s characters are sharply drawn, realistically complicated, and heartbreakingly real. Wonderful, complex characters, and sophisticated plotting makes this a perfect book. Do not miss it.”

    Romantic Times (Top Pick)

  • “Outstanding…With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow’s artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author’s characters.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting, and artistic sensitivity.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Like P. D. James, Penny shows how the tight structure of the classical mystery story can accommodate a wealth of deeply felt emotions and interpersonal drama…Top of the genre.”


  • “A gripping mystery.”

    Associated Press

  • A 2012 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 New York Times Notable Book for Crime Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • A 2011 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2011 Dilys Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A NPR Bestseller
  • A 2011 Arthur Ellis Award Finalist for Best Crime Novel
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book: Mysteries
  • A 2011 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 iTunes Best Audiobook: Top 10

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pamela | 2/6/2014

    " I love all Louise Penny. The character development, the progression of getting to know the Three Pines village and Gamache and his team and family. There's something about each one of these books that makes me think, laugh, cry, learn and want to read the next one. I feel quite at home with these wonderful books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisette | 2/4/2014

    " This was an enjoyable mystery, nothing earth-shattering, just plain enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna | 2/1/2014

    " I love these characters. I can't wait for the next Three Pines book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 1/28/2014

    " I always feel like I would love to live in this quaint little town of Three Pines and be friends with all the wonderful eccentric and unique characters, that Louise Penny has created. This author manages to bring a sense of humanity and sensitive insights into the complex plot and all the discord that her characters are experiencing in their lives. I have read a few of the Inspector Gamache series and have enjoyed them all. If your looking for a good whodunit this one won't disappoint. Enjoy. "

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