I have read the 90th book for the book challenge. It was A Trick Of The Light: A Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Novel by Louise Penny.
Clara Morrow has had her one-woman art show at Le Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montréal. It has been quite a success. All of Three Pines turned out of the opening as well as all of Montréal’s art scene. Afterwards, there is a party in Three Pines to celebrate Clara’s success. But something mars the occasion. A body in Clara’s garden.
Of course, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team are called in to investigate. The body is found to be of Lillian Dyson, a one-time art critic for a newspaper in Montréal. She has been living in New York City and has recently returned to Montréal. They discover that she has also recently been going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This discovery leads Gamache to connect with Thierry Pireault, the Chief Justice of Québec, also a member of AA, who helps in the investigation by assisting Gamache in navigating the world of AA.
Lillian Dyson was a childhood friend of Clara’s. She attended art school with Clara and Peter and had a falling out with Clara and they have not spoken since. Lillian was a feared art critic who single-handedly destroyed artists’ careers with her reviews in Montréal’s newspapers. She had returned to Montréal and had become an artist herself. Her works were very good and would probably fetch a good price. But she was also an alcoholic and had gone to AA to get sober. Her sponsor was Suzanne Coates, a waitress and former artist whom she once critiqued negatively.
There are a number of suspects in Three Pines. There is the waitress Suzanne Coates, her sponsor, whose career was ruined by Lillian’s review of her work. Dennis Fortin, the gallery owner, is suspect as well, as are the art dealers André Castonguay and Francois Marois, because they had seen her art. All had motives. All had opportunity at the party in Three Pines. Which one killed Lillian Dyson?
In other developments in Three Pines, Clara and Peter’s relationship takes a turn. Peter can’t seem to handle Clara’s success in the art world. Their relationship in suffering. Clara must make a decision about what direction their relationship will go.
And Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir has split from his wife. He is taken with Chief Inspector Gamache’s daughter Annie. But Annie is still married to her husband. However, Annie and her husband David are having trouble. Will there be hope for Jean-Guy and Annie as a couple?
As for the leaked videotape of the raid on the factory where Gamache and Beauvoir and the others were injured and four were killed, internal investigations have concluded that a hacker released the tape and the investigation is closed. Gamache is not satisfied and is quietly conducting his own investigation. Beauvoir is obsessed with tape, especially with the part showing that Gamache left him to die on the floor of the factory. That upsets more than the fact that he could not help Gamache.
There are many extraneous loose ends that need tying up at the conclusion of this book. Perhaps they will be addressed in upcoming books. We shall see. I’m sure we will return again to Three Pines.