26 June 2011

A Trick of the Light; Louise Penny

A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelA Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Inspector Gamache series just gets better and better!

In the past few books, the author has been doing more of the longer character arcs than in previous ones (sort of the way Elizabeth George has been doing with her Inspector Lynley/Barbara Havers series). Still, you can pick up any one of the books and not feel as though you *had* to read previous ones to understand what's going on.

We're still dealing with the aftermath of the factory raid, and Gamache's unfortunate arrest of Olivier, but this time it's Clara who is the focus of the mystery. Her art is finally gathering the reviews and attention it deserves, which somehow leads to a murder in her garden. The usual cast of characters appears, and I've said this before: they may be quirky but they're better than the out-and-out kooks in the Martha Grimes books!

Mixing the ideas of Alcoholics Anonymous (including the "amends" step) and art somehow works here. I'll end with just one quote (from Jean Guy) "But this little village produced bodies and gourmet meals in equal proportion."

ARC provided by publisher

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