A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Continuing to read books in a series means returning to characters that you have come to love, or, in this case, really dislike. Appealing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is, for me, a teddy bear of a man, a father figure, who leads his underlings in solving crime while endearing himself to many. Several recurring characters are either very annoying or just not like able.
Set in Three Pines in Canada, a small village unknown to most, the story revolves around an artist who is finally being given recognition through the larger art world. The murder of someone from her past at her home brings Gamache and his crew to investigate.
Penney revels in intricate characterizations and the psychology of relationships. Some of her characters are unlikable in the extreme, as people are in real life.
The case is solved, but leaving several threads loose for the next book to weave.
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