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Publisher's Summary

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help, he can't bring himself to refuse her, despite the old wounds it threatens to re-open. Clara's husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised.

As Gamache journeys further into Quebec, he is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Peter Morrow, a man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist that he would sell his soul. As Gamache gets closer to the truth, he uncovers a deadly trail of jealousy and deceit. Can Gamache bring Peter, and himself, home safely? Or in searching for answers, has he placed himself, and those closest to him, in terrible danger . . .

From number one New York Times best-selling author, Louise Penny, comes an evocative, immersive novel brimming with atmosphere and heart-stopping suspense - her most ingenious novel to date.

©2014 Three Pines Creations, Inc (P)2014 Isis Publishing

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Rambling

I really liked most other books in the Gamache series. It is a beautifully situated homage to Agatha Christie. Unfortunately this was not an Inspector Gamache book, but rather a Painter Clara book. An irritating character tolerated in other books were placed centre stage and the story rambling on around her. No pace, no real mystery, just a rambling art review.

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  • Gillian
  • 03-08-15

Absorbing

An absorbing ending to a 10 volume story of delightful people facing extraordinary events in an enchanting landscape.

I am delighted to have found this series which at times had me laughing out loud and at other times weeping silently.

You cannot read/listen to these books and not be touched by the characters and their reactions to each other and their surroundings.

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  • S. Jones
  • 09-30-19

Unexpectedly Boring

I have enjoyed all her books ,and enjoyed the book that came after this, But this book took too long and just was not interesting. In fact we took it on holiday and had to finish it because we had nothing else ,if we had been at home would have returned it.The plot (and I use the term plot loosely )was very weak indeed.

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  • Asisat L
  • 05-25-20

A book for fans of the series & author

At first.... I liked this book because it's like being in on the joke. By now the characters are familiar & they are playful, it humorous. A light-hearted read/listen given the seriousness of the ones before. It feels like the author is taking a "breather" making this book fresh & re-freshing, like a pleasant breeze on a warm day. I loved it as a whole, as a representation of the series 👌😊 By the middle....I saw something new in this book, Gamache's character flaw, it's almost like a subtle or excusable 'God complex'; he's always taking responsibility for other people's lives, it's not as nobel as it seems, it's wrong. 3/4 of the way in....Clara is Sooooooo Soooooo annoyingly neurotic - that I can't believe a whole book is wasted on a missing person & this most irritating, irrational woman 🤦🏽‍♀️ beyond annoying- I don't believe anyone in the world would tolerate her rudeness let alone bow to them as in this - I hope this ends with Gamache head-butting her! - . Just glad it's over.

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  • k
  • 11-30-15

Not my favourite

This story took too long to get to the interesting bits. However I enjoyed it just the same and I think the narrator is brilliant. Not my favourite Gamache book but still worth listening to.

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  • Julie
  • 09-06-15

It was a long way home!

I'd enjoyed earlier books in this series and found the introduction to the art world interesting. The detail and insight enriched the stories and created a wonderful texture to the plots.

However, in this novel it seemed texture and description were all there was with the plot, what there was of it, drowning under the weight of introspection and analysis.

I don't think I'll be following this series further if there are more novels to follow. A shame but all things run their course and this series most definitely has it would appear!

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  • DrK
  • 05-17-15

finale

Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Way Home to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audio- the accents and pronunciation of names and places is lovely and brings it to life

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruth, can't ever figure her out and wouldn't we all like to be able to be truly ourselves

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Clara and Myra in their cabin. I wanted to be there

Any additional comments?

I think much better to listen to these stories in order. This rounded off threads from other books and moved me to tears towards the end.

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  • Anne
  • 03-12-15

A Delight!

This is a beautifully written book. It was over far too soon and I'm feeling bereft. I find it hard to understand those who think this wasn't as good as the previous books. I really hope there will be more instalments from Three Pines.

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  • S. Bowman
  • 01-21-15

Not her best story but a satisfying finish

What did you like most about The Long Way Home?

Gamache is always my favourite part of any of Penny's stories. I also liked that in this they travelled out of Three Pines, was starting to get a bit tired of that place.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gamache

What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?

Adam Sims brings this book to life! His narration made this story that much more enjoyable. And he is very good at the English and French accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily but yes it is compelling.

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  • fcj leigh
  • 12-15-15

I feel as if I've wasted 12 hours of my life

Would you try another book written by Louise Penny or narrated by Adam Sims?

No. I do understand that I may have missed out by not listening in sequence. But I just found it turgid.

What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

Really slow with little to no plot line. I kept waiting for it to start.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Sims’s performances?

No. I found his voice irritating.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter disappointment after reading some great reviews. I'm normally middle of the road but I'm way out of step on this one,so perhaps it was too subtle. It did absolutely nothing but irritate me.

Any additional comments?

I did find some nuggets of info interesting for example being ignorant I didn't realise Asbestos was a place and a natural product. Also the results of overpainting a canvas. But that was about it.

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  • Cate
  • 01-10-15

Not the usual Louise Penny

I love the previous Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mysteries, but this one seemed to go on and on before the tension of the final chapters really drew me in. Also, a different narrator read this book, which also diminished the appeal. When you have listened to a series of books read by one person and then suddenly have a different narrator - it just doesn't feel right.

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  • Sharyn
  • 07-06-20

Too long winded

I love the characters, and the story lines however, this one (The Long Way Home), seemed to go on and on before they found Peter. It was a little too far fetched with the way the law shares too much information with the public. A good ending though, so sad, but good.

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  • Mari
  • 03-01-15

Another Wonderful Addition to the Series.

I absolutely love this series. This story sees Gamache resigned from the police force and living in Three Pines when he is asked to help find a missing friend. What I love most about this series is the way the characters are built on with each book and the fact that the demons from the past are never too far away. I am hoping that there will be another installment, as I want to have these wonderful characters in my life for a bit longer.