Three Pines is a village near MontrÃ©al that is so small it does not appear on any map. For its size, this town has had an inordinate number of murders; solving them is the job of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the SÃ»retÃ© de Quebec and his team of detectives. This time, the victim is a woman, Lillian Dyson, whose art criticism years ago was so caustic that she was responsible for putting an end to budding careers. Louise Penny’s A Trick of the Light is all about artistsâ€”their insecurities, craving for recognition, pettiness, resentment, and jealousy.
September 2, 2011
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Tags: AA, Alcoholic, Art, Good & Evil, Montreal, Murder Mystery, Small Town Â· Posted in: Canada, Character Driven, Reading Guide, Sleuths Series, y Award Winning Author
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