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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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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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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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Feels like home

I have loved every book in this series, but this one felt most like I was travelling with my friends. Thanks to Penny's vivid portrayal of each character and their quirks and nuances, I already felt comfortable in their presence, but this book more than any other so far had me laughing aloud at them, along with them and for them. There were tears too - but that's real life, isn't it.
Perhaps it was the inclusion of Dumfries - a place so close to my own home - that sealed the bond I felt. Or perhaps it was just that Penny's portraits of each character were more clear than ever by book ten. Either way, I was absorbed by this story more than any of the others.
The narration was - as always - superb. I did notice, however, that Gamache has lost his English accent when speaking to the American characters (and indeed the Scottish one) which is a shame as I enjoyed this distinction.
Bring on book eleven to take me back to my friends in Three Pines.

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After the rollercoaster of book 10 I found this a little thin and unconvincing. Still managed to listen and I love the world Louise Penny has created but I found this one the weakest of all of them I’ve read (1-10)

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Not the best in series

This lacks a good storyline , there is so much waffle it became implausible. It won't stop me reading though the others in series will be up to standard I'm sure.

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Hmmm

Didn’t love it! First time in this series. It just didn’t feel like the same series and it didn’t help that I personally dislike the character at the centre of the storyline. There was no tension, much of it just seemed a little silly to be honest. And it certainly didn’t live up to the book summary. I hope this isn’t a change in direction as I’ve already bought the remaining books!

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Wow! what a ride!

Penny has done it again, I found myself lost in thought and in emotional turmoil as her story developed and spun, weaving and entangling me into the characters. I am totally hooked on the series.

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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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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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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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  • 24-09-17

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.