Claire Morrow has just had her first solo art show at the Musée in Montreal and she, her husband Peter, and a number of guests have returned to Three Pines to celebrate. But there is a ghost at the feast in the dead body of Lillian Dyson, a former close friend who betrayed her in art school and whom Claire swears she hasn’t seen in 20 years. Supposedly Lillian had changed and become a different person – or is it a trick of the light? The theme of actions and relationships affected by differing aspects and viewers permeates the story in many subtle ways: betrayal and redemption, anger and forgiveness, jealousy and love.
“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.”
A Trick of the Light is the 7th Chief Inspector Gamache/ Three Pines mystery and I’m still a happy fan. I have found most series authors have either gotten formulaic or lost the edge by about #5. Not so with Louise Penny. I still want to meet the residents of Three Pines and the Chief Inspector and his family and team from the Sûreté du Québec. Although there are references to earlier events from the series, they are explained enough to not confuse the first-time reader. I’m sure even if you start with this one, you’ll want to read them all!