The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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  • ☮Karen
    Mar 5, 2016


    3.5The ending is a bit of a stunner. Without giving too much away, Peter and Clara's relationship is examined; but along the way so is the art world in depth, Gamache himself, the nine muses of Greek mythology, and the best scenery to be found in Canada. I always learn something from t...

  • Margitte
    Nov 13, 2015


    A perfectly appropriate title!I am not sure why Clara's relationship with her husband, Peter, has been kept as one of the final moments of this series. While Three Pines are back in the picture, my honest impression was that the author ran out of steam. The tedious, extremely slow movi...

  • Suzy
    Oct 6, 2015


    Louise Penny's Armand Gamache mystery series (sometimes called Three Pines Mysteries) is in my top 5 favorite series. As I said in my review of the last book How the Light Gets In, the things I most appreciate about this series are:mystery, humor,characters you want to know and whom yo...

  • Kristina
    Jul 13, 2015


    Oh, Louise Penny. I’m sorry, but this book is ridiculous. I hate to say this, but I’m done with Chief Inspector Gamache and his pals in Three Pines. The early books are good, but the two previous novels (The Beautiful Mystery and How the Light Gets In) displayed Penny’s ...

  • Michael
    Jul 11, 2015


    I stopped at exactly halfway done. I lost patience with slow plot progression despite appreciating the excellent attention of the author to nuances of emotion and motivations of her characters.Those who have come to love Inspector Gamache of the Montreal detective force may not be abl...

  • MJ
    Jan 27, 2015


    Louise , you've let us down! What a weak excuse for a book. There is no mystery here, there is just blathering on, and then uncovering something in the last pages. I have LOVED Armand and Jean-guy, and they were UNDER UTILIZED. I am no light weight when it comes to this author. I have ...

  • Dona
    Oct 10, 2014


    Hurry up August 26, 2014! Can't wait to read it. Finally! It's here and I'm starting it today. Can't wait to start it, but already hate that it will have to end.I finished reading it and was not disappointed. A great story. Now I have to wait for number 11 to be written and published. ...

  • DL
    Sep 30, 2014


    I'm not sure what has happened to this series. It's gone from being an engaging mystery series with a great deal of hidden insight to false insight being crammed in at every other line. This book made me tired. I finished it but without any pleasure. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar a...

  • Jeanette
    Sep 23, 2014


    This is going to be a difficult review to write. The prose, natural world descriptions and placements in this unique locale of haggard and isolated sea villages of the far North in Canada, like Tabaquen, were excellent. Everything else, not so much.This book is never, for more than 5 p...

  • Barbara Bryant
    Sep 14, 2014

    Barbara Bryant

    If the story had been as interesting as the locale of the book, I might have rated it a 3 or more. Instead it is a somewhat tiresome book with a lot of repetition and story-stretching that might suggest an idea that was not enough for a full book length.I have read all of Penny's books...