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Publisher's Summary

In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.

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Just wonderful

Love this series. The characters continue to develop with each novel. It’s a gentle relaxing listen and the narration is perfect.

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  • Rhonda
  • 02-07-2012

Amazing Book - A Trick of the light

I enjoyed this book immensely, as I enjoy all Louise Penny's books. The characters are so real I feel I know them personally! She creates an atmosphere into which you disappear completely!

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  • Cxissy
  • 07-07-2014

wonderful read

What did you like most about A Trick of the Light?

this is one of a series of books set in Canada about the police there. I have read or listened to all the books in the series and can recommend them all . the writing pulls you in from the first page and I feel such an affinity for the characters . I have to remind myself that these aren't real people . the stories are always original and ive learnt so much about Canada along the way . the information is always relevant to the story , not shoehorned in . louise penny as a n author has matured vastly overthis series . what started off in her first books as good interesting writing has grown into real heft .

Who was your favorite character and why?

gamache , the lead character is my favourite character . he is so strong and so well rounded . he feels like a real person and throughout the books we learn what makes him tick both at work and with his friends and family . a very memorable character

Have you listened to any of Adam Sims’s other performances? How does this one compare?

adam sims has done an excellent job conveying the flavour and tempo of this book . he is very easy to listen to and his slight nuances and change of reading pace makes it easy to identify all the characters. sterling work

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes . luckily it was too long and dense so I made it last a bit longer ! . it was a tense listen at times because the story was so emotional and there were quite a few "just five more minutes" listening

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I can highly recommend this author (and reader) I would suggest new readers start at the beginning and work through the series . they will be well rewarded .

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  • Fee
  • 14-01-2021

Still enjoyable but...

Not as good as previous books, especially the last, which set the bar extremely high. It was by no means a bad book, just not as exciting. On to the next though!

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  • Asisat L
  • 28-04-2020

It was hard to give this 3 stars as great Author!

Only 3 stars by comparison to her other books, compared to most other crime fiction it would be a 5. It was just the end, the unveiling of the murderer and his motives fell a bit flat (sadly) but brilliant up to that lol. Still worth a listen/credit... but wouldn't pay the full price!

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  • nicole
  • 21-06-2019

Great Book, Great Narration

Not only are these books excellent with great pace and plot the narrator really adds something special - at first I didn’t like all the voices but now I can’t imagine anyone else reading it

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  • Moonmum
  • 16-05-2017

Couldn't stop listening.

I love this series. The narration is perfect. You feel you actually know each of the characters. I am following the series in order, because story lines from previous books are often referred to in subsequent ones but they can be read / listened to as stand alone titles.

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  • MRS
  • 14-04-2013

Disjointed and boring

From the start I found distinguishing between the numerous characters very difficult. It was some pages before I even realised the setting was Canada and not France! Apart from the murder towards the beginning of the novel, nothing happened of any interest whatsoever for a long time.

The book was not really a murder mystery but a look into the various characteristics of the many characters.

There was nothing marvelous nor gripping about this book.

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