The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Large Print - 2014
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"Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Surete du Quebec, 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 Quebec. 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."--Print.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press/Gale, Cengage Learning, c2014.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410469854
1410469859
Call Number: PENNY
Characteristics: 605 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Québec (Province) -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Police -- Fiction.
Gamache, Armand (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Retirement -- Fiction.
Artists -- Fiction.
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molly_mcnees
Nov 10, 2017

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ontherideau Oct 04, 2017

The geographical interest kept me going. Analysis of each character's thoughts and predictions was tedious, I skipped some parts to get to the conclusion.

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 29, 2017

I thought this was the least successful of the Gamache books. Way too much philosophizing and too little action, until the very end, which I found abrupt and unsatisfying (although getting there and the setting were interesting -- maps, please.) The main point of interest is the dialogue (with Jean-Guy getting some of the best quips.) And please stop harping on the flaky croissants and baguettes, neither of which I can obtain by walking a few meters to my local bakery.

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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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AlteredStaite
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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