• A Trick of the Light

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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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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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
  • 07-07-14

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

Any additional comments?

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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  • nicole
  • 06-21-19

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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  • MRS
  • 04-14-13

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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  • Maeve Hickey
  • 03-25-22

Don't miss this one

loved the story. Very informative art wise which was super. Great finish. Highly recommend

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  • Me
  • 03-16-22

Another amazing read

I love the Inspector Gamache series. Louise Penny lays out a structured approach of investigation, unlike many other authors who somehow fall on the murderer at the end by sheer chance and no logic. I also love the way she includes some, but not too much history of Canada. Just enough to make it all very interesting.

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  • Fee
  • 01-14-21

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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  • Moonmum
  • 05-16-17

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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  • Helen
  • 07-20-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

Louise and Adam deliver again!!

Yet another spectacular installment in the Chief Inspector Gamache series! I love the regular characters, the new additions, the plot, the character development, and the weaving of extra story lines amongst the main plot. Adam Sims' narration is brilliant as always, and is in fact how I discovered Louise Penny - I was looking for audio books narrated by Adam! I enjoyed the references to the art world, and as a foodie I especially appreciate the detailed descriptions of French cuisine! Bring on the next book I say!!

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  • Jan Forbes
  • 02-03-22

Best Louise Penny so far!

Best Louise Penny mystery yet! I loved it! Favourite characters from the past, intriguing new ones, a complex mystery, musings of philosophy and insights about the art world ....and humour! What more could one want!