By Louise Penny
A brand new York instances remarkable Crime publication and favourite comfortable for 2011A Publishers Weekly top Mystery/Thriller books for 2011 "Penny has been in comparison to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her brief. Her characters are too wealthy, her seize of nuance and human psychology too firm...." --Booklist (starred review)“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson conscientiously underlined in a booklet. “Sweet relationships are dead.”But now Lillian herself is useless. discovered one of the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's backyard in 3 Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo convey on the famed Musée in Montreal. leader Inspector Gamache, the top of murder on the Sûreté du Québec, is termed to the tiny Quebec village and there he unearths the paintings international amassed, and with it a global of shading and nuance, an international of shadow and light. the place not anything is because it seems. in the back of each smile there lurks a sneer. within each candy courting there hides a damaged heart. or even while evidence are slowly uncovered, it really is not transparent to Gamache and his crew if what they have came upon is the reality, or just a trick of the light.
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But not today. Peter and Clara, Olivier and Gabri were standing down by the river. Watching. Between Gamache and them was the yellow tape, the great divide. On one side the investigators and on the other, the investigated. “White female,” the coroner, Dr. Harris, said. She was kneeling over the victim, as was Agent Isabelle Lacoste. Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir was directing the Scene of Crime team for the Sûreté du Québec. They were methodically going over the area. Collecting evidence. Photographing.
She would start a movement. A trend. Instead, she felt like a messy bride at a wedding gone bad. Where the guests ignored her, concentrating instead on the food and drink. Where no one wanted to catch her bouquet or walk her down the aisle. Or dance with her. And she looked like a Maoist accountant. She scratched her hip, and smoothed pâté into her hair. Then looked at her watch. Dear God, another hour to go. Oh, no no no, thought Clara. Now she was simply trying to survive. To keep her head above water.
All the petty sordid squabbles, the tiny slights, the scarring and scabbing. The thought revolted him and he must have shown it. Annie pulled back and reddened as though he’d slapped her. “Forget I said anything,” she snapped and lifted the paper to her face. He searched for something to say, some small bridge, a jetty back to her. The minutes stretched by, elongating. “The vernissage,” Beauvoir finally blurted out. It was the first thing that popped into his hollow head, like the Magic Eight Ball, that when it stopped being shaken produced a single word.
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