The Long Way Home
An Armand Gamache Mystery by Louise Penny
Review: Armand Gamache, Quebec's former Chief Inspector of Homicide, has retired. He and his wife, Reine-Marie have found peace and contentment as each morning they would walk together with their German Shepherd, Henri. Then, Gamache would sit on a bench and look across to the deep green forest and the mountains that rolled into eternity. He would read from a small book he carried with him where ever he went. One morning his neighbor, Clara Morrow, sits down next to him and tells him she needs his help. Her husband, Peter, is missing and she wants Gamache to help find him, in The Long Way Home, the tenth book in this series by Louise Penny.
Peter is a talented, celebrated artist, as is Clara. But when Clara's paintings began to get more attention than his, he became jealous and constantly irritable, making both Clara and Peter unhappy. When Clara couldn't take anymore of Peter's actions, she suggested they separate for a year giving each other time to sort out their feelings. Although they still loved each other they agreed to meet one year from that date to see if their marriage could be saved. It has now been over a year and Peter has not returned. Clara knew Peter well enough to know that if he were able to be there on the planned date he would have. Gamache and Clara, together with Jean-Guy Beauvoir, Gamache's former 2nd in command, and Myrna Landers, a close friend of Clara's, begin their search for the missing Peter. Their journey takes them to the remote corners of Canada, some places they had only read about, others they had never heard of. They come across sculptures that weren't what they seemed to be, and acquaintances that were no longer who they seemed to be. They cruise down a narrow desolate river to a terrifying piece of land so chilling that the mariners call it the "land God gave to Cain". Had Peter covered these same routes, and if so, is he really lost in there, or does he simply not want to be found?
The Long Way Home is not really a mystery or crime thriller, as such. It is, instead, the story of a quest to find a missing person and in doing so to find one's self. There is a bit of humor among the searchers, characters so well-drawn that it's easy to imagine being one of their friends and included in their party. Quite introspective in nature, it's a pleasure indeed reading about their adventure, one that has its fair share of twists and turns and leads to a conclusion that may not be completely unexpected, but surprises nevertheless.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Long Way Home.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of The Long Way Home for this review.
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A Trick of the Light
Macmillan Audio (Unabridged CD Audiobook), August 2011
ISBN-13: 9781427213204; ISBN-10: 1427213208
Location(s) referenced in The Long Way Home: Quebec, Canada
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The Long Way Home by Louise Penny — An Armand Gamache Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: August 2014
List Price: $27.99
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