Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
I stumbled onto Louis Perry's Chief Inspector Gamache series just a few years ago and I was hooked from the start. She writes murder mysteries, but she turns them into meditations on the human condition, and the nature of good and evil, and whether the soul can survive the slings and arrows of misfortune.
This tenth book in the series is very interesting. The complex story arc of the previous nine novels culminated with a shattering intensity in last year's How The Light Gets In, which may well be Penny's masterpiece. Now, in The Long Way Home, Armand Gamache and those he cares about are trying to pick up the pieces and remake their lives. Gamache is still coming to terms with all that has happened, and feeling his way into his new life of retirement in the village of Three Pines, when fate and a friend in desperate need force him back out into the world in search of a man with a sin-sick soul, on a journey to a desolate land at the edge of the world, a journey that will end in damnation or redemption.
Fans of P.D. James, Colin Dexter, James Lee Burke or Donna Leon may enjoy Louise Penny.
Click HERE and HERE to read two excellent reviews of The Long Way Home.