The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Hardcover – Aug 26 2014
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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!!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Louise Penny's stories of Three Pines and Inspector Gamache are winners because they are inherently kind to the group of characters she has gathered. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dorothyanne Brown
When Louise Penny writes a book, I always find it comforting. This may seem a strange word to use in light of the fact that her novels feature Chief Inspector Gamache and therefore... Read morePublished 3 months ago by nightreader
I enjoyed this book very much. The narrative was a bit long-winded but I found the characters to be true to themselves. Artistic expression takes time and is a convoluted journey. Read morePublished 3 months ago by betsy
Happy to add it to my collection of titles by Louise Penny -- It is always such a pleasure to immerse yourself into the world she creates thru these thrillers/mysteries/murder... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marta Varisco
Wow, gorgeously written, evocative, and surprising. I only wish the books were a bit longer!Published 5 months ago by Paxton Ravenscroft Barrowcliffe Stark
Nice to read a good Canadian murder mystery for a change.Published 5 months ago by William J. Elliott
To spend such a long time looking for Peter was tedious. Perhaps an apt title could have been The Overly Long Search for Peter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kittytoug