The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

St. Martin's Press | August 26, 2014 | Hardcover

1 of 8 in the series
The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 6.

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

 

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

 

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river.  To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.     

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.49 × 6.37 × 1.24 in

Published: August 26, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250022061

ISBN - 13: 9781250022066

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slower paced..... I can't think of a more anticipated next book for mystery fans than The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. This is one of my absolute all time favourite series. Penny's lead character is Quebec S?ret? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. The crimes and mysteries are always intricate, well plotted and well written. There was a subtle secondary plot that began early on in the first nine books and it exponentially grew through the first nine books, culminating in a startling conclusion in How the Light Gets In. Where could this series go after such a ending? Spoilers ahead..... Many questions that were left at the end of book nine have been answered in the opening pages of The Long Way Home. I felt a little cheated that the resolutions surround Gamache's prot?g? Jean Guy had taken place without me and that life has moved on without the reader being involved. Gamache has retired to the small village of Three Pines, an oft used setting for Penny. Over the course of the series, readers have come to know and love the residents. Some more than others. Clara and Peter are artists who make their home in the village. A year ago, Peter left, promising to Clara to return in a year to see if their marriage could be repaired. The year has come and gone with no word from him. Clara enlists Gamache in her search to find him. So, we have a case that again utilizes Gamache's skills, albeit in an unofficial capacity. The path and the clues to Peter's whereabouts are found in a series of paintings and the world of art. Penny does an admiral job bringing her visual plotline to the written page, but I did find it a bit esoteric and slower paced than I would have liked. And okay, by the end I was tired of hearing about the upside down smile painting. Jean-Guy, after having factored so heavily in previous novels, has been relegated to the sidelines. There were some odd side stories - notably the androgynous niece/nephew Bean. As a colleague and I discussed one morning, The Long Way Home almost seems like a character study with the mystery of Peter's whereabouts as the secondary plotline. But my real problem was with Clara. The residents of Three Pines have become quite 'real' over the course of the series. I quite like most of them - notably Ruth and her duck Rosa. But here's my problem - I was never taken with Clara to start with and throughout The Long Way Home my dislike of her steadily grew. This is a testament to Penny's writing skills, but it made it harder to become fully engaged in the case and its outcome. I've chosen to listen to the last three or four books in this series. Ralph Cosham is the reader. His wonderfully paced, rich, sonorous voice completely embodies Gamache for me. The low, somewhat gravelly tone of Cosham's voice and his well modulated pace just draws you further into the story. His French accent and pronunciation is well done and believable. The voices he provides for other characters are just as well done. The cranky old poet Ruth is a favourite of mine. Actually, all the residents of Three Pines come alive with his interpretations, and make me wish I could visit to Three Pines and chat with them. Sadly Ralph Cosham passed away this past September. I enjoyed The Long Way Home, but didn't love this one. Penny is at work on a new novel - and it will be one I'll definitely read. I'm curious as to where she will take Gamache et al next.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A gently told tale Like all Penny mysteries this one is set in the fictional Three Pines, Quebec. And like all Penny novels, her characters share a deep love, respect and acceptance of each other despite intrusions of murder. I like that Penny's characters have 'moved on' to retirement for Gamache and marriage for Jean Guy. Penny does not write gritty, grizzly stuff which is why I love her writing; it's like pulling up a rocking chair by the fire and while the Canadian winter roars outside.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good read it is an intelligent and very readable 'who-dun-it'. I love that it is set in Canada, Quebec. the characters are relatable.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing! Louise Penny's 10th novel does not disappoint. Her characters are engaging (and maturing), her dialogue is superb and the descriptions of the landscape make me want to travel there. Although her previous two books captured my attention more, I would certainly recommend this novel.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Louise Penny did not disappoint I loved this book. I don't think a spoiler alert is needed when I say I have never liked Peter so I was not sure how sympathetic I would be to this book. But all the regulars were there in all their glorious characters and it was lovely to get to know Reine Marie. Interesting twists and I was sent to my maps to find yet more Quebec locations. Yes I would totally recommend to a friend. I have all her books so far, but would only loan to a very trustworthy friend.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from C'est dommage... This book never seems to take off. Maybe, as much as we were sorry to think that Gamache had retired, Penny should have let him enjoy retirement a little longer. The characters that we have come to know are now walking around the village square with not much to do. And now, what really annoys me with Louise Penny's book: the morsels of French thrown here and there ( mistakes included), and her obsession with the French-Anglo situation in Qu?bec. She sounds like a preacher who keeps repeating that everything is all right or will be but has never really been in the discussed situation. The reader wants a good detective story with characters to love or to dislike, not a lecture which never seems far in Mrs Penny's mind. This story stalls and I get the sad feeling that the author had to fill a given number of pages. Well, she did that part of the homework but as for the story and the characters they are drifting away?.
Date published: 2014-09-03

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The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.49 × 6.37 × 1.24 in

Published: August 26, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250022061

ISBN - 13: 9781250022066

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ONE   As Clara Morrow approached, she wondered if he’d repeat the same small gesture he’d done every morning. It was so tiny, so insignificant. So easy to ignore. The first time. But why did Armand Gamache keep doing it? Clara felt silly for even wondering. How could it matter? But for a man not given to secrets, this gesture had begun to look not simply secretive, but furtive. A benign act that seemed to yearn for a shadow to hide in. And yet here he was in the full light of the new day, sitting on the bench Gilles Sandon had recently made and placed on the brow of the hill. Stretched out before Gamache were the mountains, rolling from Québec to Vermont, covered in thick forests. The Rivière Bella Bella wound between the mountains, a silver thread in the sunlight. And, so easy to overlook when faced with such grandeur, the modest little village of Three Pines lay in the valley. Armand was not hiding from view. But neither was he enjoying it. Instead, each morning the large man sat on the wooden bench, his head bent over a book. Reading. As she got closer, Clara Morrow saw Gamache do it again. He took off his half-moon reading glasses, then closed the book and slipped it into his pocket. There was a bookmark, but he never moved it. It remained where it was like a stone, marking a place near the end. A place he approached, but never reached. Armand didn’t snap the book shut. Instead he let it fall, with gravity, closed. With nothing, Clara noti
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From the Publisher

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

 

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

 

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river.  To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.     

 

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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


 

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