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The Long Way Home

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sret du Qubec, has found a peace hed 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 doesnt 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 Gamaches help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "Theres 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 dee...

Title : The Long Way Home
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ISBN : 9781250022066
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 373 pages
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The Long Way Home Reviews

  • Phrynne

    This is definitely not a book to read unless you have already read the preceding books and have come to know and love all the main characters. Without that attachment to the people in the story I think things might prove very slow and perhaps a bit too technical. My knowledge of art is slim and I did not warm to the endless discussion of the meanings of paintings at all!

    However I was gripped by the comings and goings of all of our favourites. There was lots of Ruth which is always a plus. Oh and
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  • Kristina

    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 irritating new writing style and began my disenchantment with the characters. A Long Way Home, her tenth in the series, is my breaking point. I don’t want to read about these irritatingly charming characters who live in the delig

    It was here, on this very spot, that a meteor had hurtled to earth. Had hit the earth. Three hundred million years ago. It had struck with such force that it killed everything beneath it, and for miles and miles around. It struck with such violence that even now the impact site could be seen from space.

    Earth, thrown up in waves, had petrified there, forming smooth mountains and a deep crater.

    Nothing lived. All life was extinguished. The earth laid to waste. For thousands of years. Hundreds of thousands of years. Millions of years.

    Barren. Empty. Nothing. (195)


    Dammit. I think we get the picture. Most of the book is like this. And the characters talk like this too, which is very unrealistic. Who. Talks. Like. That? This next sentence is particularly bad and if I read it out loud I laugh: “But the boat didn’t heave. It didn’t ho” (333). How did her editor not read this sentence and laugh too? The dramatic conclusion to this book is entirely predictable. (view spoiler)

    If you enjoy Penny’s constant exploration of the sensitive troubled soul of humanity and don’t mind that she practically drowns the reader in it, then you’ll love this book. I do not. I prefer my morality lessons and philosophical blathering to be subtextual. The Long Way Home takes itself way too seriously, is boring, and written in a choppy, annoying style. The characters are tedious in their charming quirkiness, Three Pines sounds like a French-Canadian Disney village, and I hope freaking Gamache finally reads the whole damn Balm of Gilead book. More words were devoted to his habit of reading this book than developing the less-than-compelling non-plot. I’ve very much enjoyed Louise Penny’s earlier novels and I found her charming and delightful in person, but I cannot read any more of these books. ...more

  • Barbara



    In this 10th book in the 'Chief Inspector Armand Gamache' series, the former police detective helps search for a 'lost' husband. The book can be read as a standalone.

    *****

    Clara and Peter Morrow are residents of the lovely village of Three Pines near Montreal along with a cadre of other interesting and eccentric characters, including former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec (Quebec Homicide Bureau). Both Clara and Peter are artists, but Peter became jealous of his wife's incr
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  • Leslie

    Oh, I love this series; it's all I can do to not just go back to the beginning and read every book straight through.

    I should mention that this is the first time I've ever been ahead of the curve with a book. It will not be released until 26 August, but an Advanced Reader's Copy came my way and I snatched it up eagerly.

    Anyway, the plot has to do with a missing husband, the search for him, various eccentrics in a village, and art...lots and lots of art. In fact, reading this book has made me think
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  • Obsidian

    Long story short, I forgot to post a review about this book when I read it right after book #9. I was too irritated to do much besides be super aggravated by the nonsense going on in the Armand Gamache series and this latest was just more of the same it seemed to me. The story was way too long and drawn out for the terrible payoff we get in the end. I was wondering about reading the next book in the series, and a friend said she thinks I will like that much better, so I will. But, I wanted to po ...more

  • DL

    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 and an ugly painting is ugly no matter how many hundreds of times you turn it over.

  • ✨Susan✨

    In this addition to the Inspector Gamache series, he and his wife Reine-Marie have retired to the little town of Three Pines, something they have dreamed about for quite some time. After Louise Penny reacquaints us with the wonderful characters and witty banter, that is always a hoot amongst the crazy inmates of Three Pines, Gamache and Reine are delighted to have a visit from their daughter Annie and his protege, Jean Beauvoir. So most of the loose ends from the last book are tied up except, Pe ...more

  • ☮Karen

    3.5

    The 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 these books. The ending does open up the possibility for a change to come to Three Pines. Not the best in the series, but I'm hooked.