Monday, 18 March 2013

A Trick of the Light

A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four and a half stars.

Featuring a murder in the art world, the story is complex and explores human frailties via the narrative of a murder mystery. Can people really change? How much should we hope? Should we always forgive?

The novel interweaves story-lines from earlier books in the series, but it does explain what has happened in previous episodes, so a reader will not be disadvantaged if he or she is starting with A Trick of the Light. These story-lines help flesh out the main characters of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. I'm hoping subsequent books will tell us more about Inspector Isabelle Lacoste.

My reading of this book never slowed down for a minute. A Trick of the Light is a well crafted work. My only complaint is that while everyone is suspect, a major clue is kept from the reader to prevent him or her from correctly guessing whodunit.

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