Title: A Trick of the LightAuthor: Louise Penny
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Macmillian Audio
Edition: audio book
Reader: Ralph Cosham ( very good)
Source: Amazon Vine
Date Completed: 10/16/2011
Rating: 4/5Recommend: yes
Once again mystery author Louise Penny returns her readers the small picturesque village of Three Pines near Montreal for her seventh novel. Most people would expect life in this beautiful village would be peaceful and safe. Not so - another murder has occurred in Three Pines.
In her last novel, Bury Your Dead, an armed raid led by Chief Inspector Armand Gamache does not go as planned and a blood bath results with people dead and the Inspector and his second Lieutenant, Jean Beauvior critically wounded. Beauvior is still addicted to pain meds and his marriage is less than stable as a result. Several of the characters from the last novel return to this one, so in my opinion, it would be good to read A Brutal Telling, (book 1) and Bury Your Dead (book #2) before reading this one.
In this mystery, Clara Morrow and her husband Peter are artists. Peter is confident, good-looking, and has had some success as an artist, while Clara, insecure and plain in appearance, has lived in her husband's shadow. She has gone pretty much unnoticed until now. Finally, Clara is recognized for her art work. She is having a solo show at the Musee d'Art Contemporin in Montreal. Clara is riding high, while her husband is not exactly thrilled about his wife's recent success. When an unpopular art critic, Lillian Dyson's, body is found in Clara's garden, after a celebratory barbeque, Chief Inspector Gamache and Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir find themselves with a murder to solve. Since the deceased has made many enemies, there are more than a few suspects on their list.
What I liked about this audio book -- The reader, Ralph Cosham, who has read other book by Louise Penny, was very good. He uses a French accent so at time, some words were a bit hard to grasp, but I didn't feel like I missed a lot because of it. Because, there were quite a few characters in the mystery, in some respects, I think that the print version might have been a better choice. Everyone would have been easier to keep track of. If you have never read a book by this author, her mysteries, in my opinion, are more substantial than most cozy mysteries, but yet there is no blood and gore either. The author's greatest ability is to provide interesting characters, and to create a small town feel. Her characters are often dealing with everyday situations like, relationship problems, addictions, and other emotional issues. Her novels are at times serious, and at other times just plain funny. One thing that is also true about her mysteries is that there will be plenty of secrets to unravel in the process. As a reader you will always have plenty invested in solving the mystery. I never feel bored with her books.
If you haven't tried this author, you should; a very good mystery.