The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

eBook - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781250022073
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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rb3221
Jun 24, 2017

A very different kind of mystery for Penny involving Peter and his relationship with Clara. Unfortunately very little 'happens' for most of the novel and all is revealed in the last 15 pages which at least had its share of twists and turns.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Penny's previous novels but not this one. It rambles on and on with a very slow pace and I was barely able to finish it.

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fpsutka
Apr 24, 2017

You do have to read her books in order - they do make more sense this way. However I found this novel the least interesting of all her novels. The ending was interesting though - a surprise!

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sandra80
Apr 19, 2017

Love this book and love the series. But read them in order!!!

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cherstaite
Apr 19, 2017

I had not read any of this series of books nor anything else by this author.
Don't think I'll bother now. This book was really boring. I got half way through and skipped to the last 20 pages hoping at least the ending would turnout interesting. Nope.

I'm really glad I don't live in that little town.
The characters sound like a bunch of full-of-themselves elitists in a tight mutual admiration society clique. Their lofty presence would be far above my station, I'm sure.

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lovemybranch
Nov 03, 2016

I've read some other Inspector Gamache novels and enjoyed them but this one was not as good. The author's style is fairly heavy-handed in this book -- not much subtlety.

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GrandCru
Jul 08, 2016

boring, boring, boring. i have a hard time believing Penny actually wrote this herself. i found the writing was terrible in several sections. half way thru i considered stopping but i persevered hoping the story would improve. i have read all her novels up to this one. i can only hope that the next one on the list returns to her 'old' self.

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carleoellen
Feb 29, 2016

I am still put off my her use of fragments. It's entirely unnecessary to use periods after a single word. Or a phrase. So often. However, I read this book with Google at hand. I learned about several Canadian artists as well as the very unusual garden in Scotland. I also looked at the small towns along the river, so I actually I knew more about Canada when I finished.

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Rogerhockett
Feb 07, 2016

Penny's pinnacle was "A Beautiful Truth" but after 5 novels I find her formula beginning to tire. For me once the setting moved to Three Pines the complexity and high writing craft began to turn into a mill, churning out the same story with slightly different plot twists. She is wearing her characters a bit thread bare. If you haven't read Penny before start with A Beautiful Truth.

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belialle
Nov 09, 2015

If some reader's consider this Louise Penny's most boring book (The Long Way Home), I can't wait to read all the others. I read her first Lt. Gamache book and was enthralled with her characterization, writing style, and story. I only jumped ahead to this latest book because I needed an audio book for a trip and this was the only Penney book available. Melding the search for artistic creativity within oneself and mystery which starts with a marital separation works very well in Ms. Penny's writing. She adroitly springboard's suspense from the most mundane acts to keep the reader puzzling searching for mystery's solution. The last tenth of the book is where the intense understory happens where you learn Ms. Penny shook you offtrack as to assuming you could predict what could or should happen.

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Adelheid
Oct 22, 2015

Boring,

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