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The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Hardcover – Aug 26 2014

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; American First edition (Aug. 26 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250022061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250022066
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Louise Penny

“Ms. Penny's books mix some classic elements of the police procedural with a deep-delving psychology, as well as a sorrowful sense of the precarious nature of human goodness, and the persistence of its opposite, even in rural Edens like Three Pines.” ―The New York Times

“Again and again, Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series is Exhibit A for how to write a great crime novel, with each installment improving on the previous.” ―Sarah Weinman, National Post

“A counterintuitive and absorbing mystery from a superb author.” ―USA Today

“Penny, as always, creates a complex story about people dealing with complex emotional issues. And she does so with deeply drawn and ever-evolving characters, a sense of place that leaps from the pages and prose that invites multiple re-readings…A story that examines the making of art and the struggles of artists, The Long Way Home is itself a work of art, a novel that transcends genre, engages heart and mind and, like all of Penny's work, leaves the reader awestruck by the depth of her skills and the decency of her spirit.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and – thank goodness – redemption.” ―The Charlotte Observer

“As with all the author's other titles, Penny wraps her mystery around the history and personality of the people involved. By this point in the series, each inhabitant of Three Pines is a distinct individual, and the humor that lights the dark places of the investigation is firmly rooted in their long friendships, or, in some cases, frenemyships. The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.” ―Library Journal (starred review)

“Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning...Another gem from the endlessly astonishing Penny.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Perceptive . . . perfectly paced . . . Penny offers real insight into the evolution of artistic style as well as the envy that artists feel about each other's success . . . . The prose is remarkable fresh, filled with illumination and delightful turns of phrase.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Penny develops the story behind Peter's disappearance at a slow, masterful pace, revealing each layer of the mystery alongside an introspective glance at Gamache and his comrades, who can all sympathize with Peter's search for purpose. The emotional depth accessed here is both a wonder and a joy to uncover..” ―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of nine previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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This was an eagerly awaited book but such a disappointment. The search for Peter is too long. Myrna would have written a more concise self healing book. Page after page of the same theme with little development. Every character has become sentimental. Even Henri has some thoughts to share. Tedious reading. I have lost my appetite for croissants.
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Eagerly awaited and happily received the 10th mystery starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete is one of novelist Penny’s finest. She has the unique, compelling ability to not only weave a beautifully constructed mystery but also to layer it with emotional currents and probing insights. In this way she delivers fully formed characters with whom many can relate and sympathize.

As The Long Way Home opens we find Gamache and his wife, Reine-Marie contentedly settled in the peaceful village of Three Pines. It is there he takes his ease allowing his wounds to heal, trying to forget the horrors that he experienced and those that still exist in the world.

His quietude is interrupted when a friend, Clara, asks for his help. Though he wishes to remain undisturbed he cannot refuse her. She is a successful painter married to a once successful painter, Peter Morrow. When her career grew while his dwindled jealousy developed and the two decided they needed some time apart. They agreed to a year long separation in the hopes of recapturing their former loving relationship. Peter promises to return in exactly one year. Believing him when the time arrives Clara has purchased steak, wine in order to prepare his homecoming dinner.

When Peter does not return she worries, concerned that something has happened to him. The search begins which takes them into the nether regions of Quebec. Gamache’s aide Jean-Guy Beauvoir and Clara’s friend, Myrna, joins in the quests as with each step they learn moree about why Peter has stayed away and what he might be searching for.

Gamache fans will relish this further development of his character as in searching for Peter he as well as the others discover some things about themselves. New readers will be intrigued.

- Gail Cooke
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I could hardly wait for this book to arrive!! I have read the whole series, and I feel I know the characters. However, it's all beginning to slip. In the first couple of books I wanted to live in Three Pines. Now I can't comprehend why the Chief Inspector would ever want to retire there, as it is the scene of so many horrific crimes, and the cause of so much tragedy in his life. As for the other residents, one gets the feeling they're lining up to be murdered. RUN!! The ending of the story was obvious right from the beginning, but I read on, because, as always, the writing is beautiful. The smooth, flowing prose, the vivid descriptions, and the intimacy of the writing draw the reader in to the world of the book. Which just makes it all the more jarring to be suddenly slapped by a grammatical error or improper word use. Was there no proof reader??

Delving into the deepest darkest parts of the characters' souls is what made them real to us. But let's have a look at the brighter side again, because they're starting to get obnoxious. The glorious descriptions have made me determined to explore more of Quebec, but the plot of the story is completely unrealistic. If the characters would actually do that, then they're not real people. And real people are what we've come to expect from Louise Penny. I will get the next book, if there is one, but I hope it will be back to the standard we've come to expect. And PLEASE... get a proofreader!!
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Louise Penny's Insp. Gamache series has ended in disappointment, at least for me. I have long awaited this homecoming of Peter, but found myself floundering through half of the book before the plot began to get started. What Happened to the wonderful sense of adventure I enjoyed in all of Penny's other books. Truth is I skim read most of this book, 'Long Way Home,' and finally read the ending. I agree with other readers, this series has come to an end.
I might add that I've seen this happen in other series, such as Ruth Rendell's Insp. Wexford Mysteries; when the Inspector retires, the next book is disappointing. Penny should have ended the series when Gamache retired.
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In the past year, I have read all of Louise Penny's novels about Armand Gamache and the people of Three Pines, and except for a few minor irritants (such as the detailed descriptions of so many meals eaten by so many people) I have loved them all. Her style of writing, her unexpected combination of pathos and humour (Ruth and Rosa being prime examples) and her loving development of complex characters, have charmed me and made me come back for more, time after time. That being said, I found "The Long Way Home" unexpectedly disappointing. While it was somewhat refreshing that most of the action took place outside of Three Pines, I found the whole book too long, too wordy, too repetitive and, in places, not even believable. I also found the play on the names "Norman" and "No Man" irritating for some reason; maybe it was just too deep for me, but it seemed contrived and unnecessary and, again, repetitive---as were the numerous references to the Tenth Muse.

But the worst part of all was the ending, although I have read other reviewers who thought it was the best part of the book. To me, it just made the entire "journey", both physical and metaphorical, a waste of time. I will read the next Gamache novel because I do love the characters, and I refuse to be put off by one book. I would love to see Armand and Reine-Marie, and perhaps Annie and Beauvoir, take off for France to visit Daniel and his family. I still love the little village of Three Pines, but if any more of its residents are involved in murder I'm afraid that it will turn me off for good.
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