The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'd wondered how this series would progress, given Gamache's retirement. Would it go in the direction of Rankin's Rebus? Or would this be more like the tv series "Lewis"? And now we have the answer - Gamache has definitely retired, but he's willing to help his Three Pines friends solve problems. Well, in this case, one friend (Clara) solve one problem (why didn't her husband, Peter, return when he said he would?).
As always, the sense of place makes this series unimaginable elsewhere. Not just the Three Pines setting, but the trek to the Lower North Shore and Charlevoix. While we don't go to Dumfries (Scotland) I confess I went online to see what the Garden of Cosmic Speculation was, if it even existed. At times Three Pines can feel claustrophobic so it was good that we left the village for the first post-Surete adventure.
The mystery itself was not quite telegraphed, but by the end it seemed so obvious even if the method was odd and unexpected. And while we see the "usual suspects" (aka the Three Pines townspeople) they do seem to be less quirky than before; having said that, Ruth's mellowing is a tad disappointing. That's not to say she's mellow by normal standards, but by hers...
Here's to the next in the series!