A Trick of The Light by Louise Penny

Title: A Trick of the Light
Author: Louise Penny
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)






What is it About?

Clara is an artist. After years of waiting, she is finally lucky enough to have a show at Montreal’s Musee d’Art Contemporain. To celebrate, she hosts a party at her home in the small village of Three Pines. The next morning she wakes up to find the body of a woman in her garden.

It probably goes without saying that the woman was murdered and that the fact the murder took place at a party means there are plenty of suspects (and opportunities for red herrings). These include Clara and her husband when it turns out they have a connection to the victim. Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, veteran Detective. And a friend of the family.

What did I think?

I’ve been meaning to read Louise Penny for a while now, a couple of years in fact. Every review of her books I’ve seen has been positive and I am always on the look out for a good murder mystery. I must have added at the least her last three books to my “to read” list but never getting any further. A Trick of the Light was so prominently displayed at my local library that, not only could I miss it, I had no excuse for not picking it up and taking it home. I am really glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Penny’s main character, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, is also the main character in her six other books, all written before this one. He is a skilled detective, with a skilled team. Older and wiser than many detectives I have come across he also has a solid home life and no major hang-ups. He is one of the main reasons I enjoyed the story. So many other “police procedurals” have damaged detectives. Gamache is not. As this is the seventh book he appears in, he also felt well-rounded and real, as did his second-in-command, Jean Guy – though he does have his demons.

Something else I liked was that Penny allowed her characters to do more than investigate. They spent times with their families and stopped to eat (some rather delicious sounding food). I also liked that, again unlike a lot of other books, this didn’t end with the murderer being almost indestructible and the police involved in some type of peril. Instead it was very old-school Agatha Christie with the cast of characters together in a room on a stormy night while Gamache reveals “who dunit”.

Definitely worth a read!

2 thoughts on “A Trick of The Light by Louise Penny

  1. I’ve been wanting read this author and appreciate your take on the series. Sounds like it’s definitely worth it, but I’m wondering if I should try to find the first one. Do you feel like you missed something picking it up on the seventh book?


    • I do but not as much as I have when I’ve picked up other books this far along in a series. It definitely can stand alone. Me being me, I do now want to know the “whole” story so I’ll be going back to book one and won’t read the rest out of order.

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