Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sret du Qubec, has found a peace hed 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 ...
|Title||:||The Long Way Home|
|Number of Pages||:||373 pages|
The Long Way Home Reviews
I'm not sure how to rate this. It has Penny's wonderful writing, colorful characters, insightful comments about human nature, and awesome humor. However, the storyline just dragged, especially in the middle of the book.
Let's look at some paintings.
Let's look at them again.
Let's turn them upside down and look at them.
Let's tack them to the wall and look at them.
Let's look some more.
This just went on and on...oy. And the ending...I can't even. It was so predictable and cheesy, I don't know what to ...more
Oh Louise, you are a sly one. You begin your latest Gamache novel in the rural, serene setting of Three Pines. Humor is liberally sprinkled along with mouthwatering descriptions of the frequent meals enjoyed by all. I soon felt like I was hanging out with good friends, having a great time, sitting around and shooting the breeze.
But wait, there’s more! This is a mystery novel, one written by you, crafty Louise Penny. So it is not long before dark undercurrents are felt. A sense of unease surface ...more
First Sentence: As Clara Morrow approached, she wondered if he’d repeat the same small gesture he’d done every morning.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired and moved, with his wife Reine-Marie, to the village of Three Pines. There he is seeking peace and recovery from recent events. However, he can’t ignore the plea from one of his neighbors and friends. Clara and her husband Peter decided to separate for one year. That year has now passed, but Peter has neither returned nor contacted Cla ...more
I love Louise Penny's novels but I didn't think this one was as good as some of the others. The plot seemed thin because it lacked, I felt, the more layered plots of her previous novels. Since Gamache is retired we don't have the added tensions of his fight within the Surete while trying to solve a murder or the complications of the characters who work for him.
I found Penny's writing style started to grate on me a bit: the fragmented sentences, repetition and alliteration plus her habit of sayin ...more
Some spoilers in this review, but the ending is not revealed.
I'm a longtime devotee of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mysteries. I loved previous novels because the characters were interesting and believable, the narrative lines were complex, strong, and, well, MYSTERIOUS!
But I'm now wondering if a book a year isn't an awful lot to ask of a quality writer like Ms. Penny.
I listen to the audio versions of the books. In this tenth Three Pines mystery, Ralph Cosham's wonderful audio ...more
I've read an advance copy of Louise Penny's THE LONG
Then I sat down to write my own pitiful version of a review.
But instead, I did what I sometimes do. But only with books
that have touched me deeply. I turned back to page one
and read it a second time.
But I'm still having a very difficult time writing a review for
Mostly, I think, because I'm so lacking in review writing
skills, but also because many of you might find my words
empty and false. I think I have said every sing ...more
The ending is a bit of a stunner. Without giving too much away, Peter and Clara's relationship is examined; but along the way so is the art world in depth, Gamache himself, the nine muses of Greek mythology, and the best scenery to be found in Canada.
I always learn something from these books. The ending does open up the possibility for a change to come to Three Pines. Not the best in the series, but I'm hooked.
The Long Way Home – Stylish Thriller
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny is the tenth Chief Inspector Armand Gamashe thriller that she has written. This is a stylish and evocative story the prose is outstanding and makes the imagery seem crystal clear. If you like a crime thriller to have a high octane plot and dead bodies filling the morgue then this book is not for you. If you want well developed characters complete with a full back story given time in the thriller to add depth then this is the b ...more