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The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #10)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,693 ratings  ·  608 reviews
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 wo...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Marilyn I would say yes. I first listened to one of the later ones on tape -- and found it confusing. I then ignored my friend's raving about her until I…moreI would say yes. I first listened to one of the later ones on tape -- and found it confusing. I then ignored my friend's raving about her until I finally picked up number one and fell madly in love with the series. (less)
Cynthia Dunn I agree with Susanne. I'm not finished yet but I've loved them all and so far I'm bored. Starting to dislike Clara also. I think Gamache should not…moreI agree with Susanne. I'm not finished yet but I've loved them all and so far I'm bored. Starting to dislike Clara also. I think Gamache should not have retired.(less)
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Kaye
I've read an advance copy of Louise Penny's THE LONG
WAY HOME.

Then I sat down to write my own pitiful version of a review.

But instead, I did what I sometimes do. But only with books
that have touched me deeply. I turned back to page one
and read it a second time.

But I'm still having a very difficult time writing a review for
this book.

Mostly, I think, because I'm so lacking in review writing
skills, but also because many of you might find my words
empty and false. I think I have said every sing...more
MJ
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 read the entire series at least 2x. This book is in an entirely different category from the past mysteries. There was a lot of fluff and filler in this book, all the stuff that I put up with in the other books beca...more
Dona
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. I hope it's not too long of wait!
Janet
Oh Louise, you are a sly one. You begin your latest Gamache novel in the rural, serene setting of Three Pines. Humor is liberally sprinkled along with mouthwatering descriptions of the frequent meals enjoyed by all. I soon felt like I was hanging out with good friends, having a great time, sitting around and shooting the breeze.

But wait, there’s more! This is a mystery novel, one written by you, crafty Louise Penny. So it is not long before dark undercurrents are felt. A sense of unease surface...more
Penny Watson
I'm not sure how to rate this. It has Penny's wonderful writing, colorful characters, insightful comments about human nature, and awesome humor. However, the storyline just dragged, especially in the middle of the book.

Let's look at some paintings.
Let's look at them again.
Let's turn them upside down and look at them.
Let's tack them to the wall and look at them.
Let's look some more.

This just went on and on...oy. And the ending...I can't even. It was so predictable and cheesy, I don't know what to...more
Kathy
A Love Letter to Louise
(No Spoilers)

I want to thank you for yet another thrilling, engaging, thoughtful, and moving book. I found your prose so graceful (certainly not breathy as one reviewer labeled it-Really, tsk tsk) that on many occasions I stopped to re-read paragraphs, just for the sheer beauty of the work.

I was moved by the love you have for your country. It shines so brightly in this work. I only wish all readers could feel it as deeply as some of us do.

Most of all, I wish I had the wor...more
Christina Corner
I love Louise Penny's novels but I didn't think this one was as good as some of the others. The plot seemed thin because it lacked, I felt, the more layered plots of her previous novels. Since Gamache is retired we don't have the added tensions of his fight within the Surete while trying to solve a murder or the complications of the characters who work for him.

I found Penny's writing style started to grate on me a bit: the fragmented sentences, repetition and alliteration plus her habit of sayin...more
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...more
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
Barbara Hathaway
I had eagerly awaited this title but found myself disappointed and underwhelmed. Penny delivered her usual beautifully descriptive prose but without the tightly woven plotting that usually makes her novels so compelling. The coincidences and artistic "insights"that advanced the plot felt forced and ludicrous at times. Sigh....
Ivonne Rovira
The last we saw of Peter Morrow, in A Trick of the Light, his long-suffering wife Clara Morrow was insisting on a year-long trial separation. Clara, long used to living in the more famous Peter’s shadow as an artist, had finally discovered how he had been sabotaging her for years, too emotionally insecure to bear his wife’s beautiful paintings to eclipse his.

Now, after the harrowing events of The Beautiful Mystery and How the Light Gets In (can it only be a year?), Clara is awaiting Peter’s hom...more
Paul
The Long Way Home – Stylish Thriller

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny is the tenth Chief Inspector Armand Gamashe thriller that she has written. This is a stylish and evocative story the prose is outstanding and makes the imagery seem crystal clear. If you like a crime thriller to have a high octane plot and dead bodies filling the morgue then this book is not for you. If you want well developed characters complete with a full back story given time in the thriller to add depth then this is the b...more
Miriam
Aug 03, 2014 Miriam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any mystery reader who reads for character and setting as well as plot
I was thrilled when I got an email from MacMillan offering me the chance to read an advance readers copy of The Long Way Home. I start missing Gamache and Three Pines and its inhabitants the moment I turn the last page of each book, so it's pure delight when the next book falls into my hands (or ears, as the case may be, since I love to listen to the audiobooks as well).

I'm not going to write a synopsis of the book, since others will do it better than I would. I'll just say that it was comforti...more
LJ
First Sentence: As Clara Morrow approached, she wondered if he’d repeat the same small gesture he’d done every morning.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired and moved, with his wife Reine-Marie, to the village of Three Pines. There he is seeking peace and recovery from recent events. However, he can’t ignore the plea from one of his neighbors and friends. Clara and her husband Peter decided to separate for one year. That year has now passed, but Peter has neither returned nor contacted Cla...more
Sue Kraft
Different but good

I enjoyed this as I have all the Gamache novels. I actually liked it a lot and would have given it a 5 but I didn't like the ending. I won't go into why as that would spoil it for others. I just saw no good reason to end it the way it did.
Stephanie
THE LONG WAY HOME is a book for those of us who are long time readers of the series; in it, we are rewarded with new views on some of our most beloved (or despised) characters as well as a love story to the quest for peace, forgiveness, and new beginnings. As in earlier entries in the series, Quebec shines as a character in its own right. Not to be missed.
Ware
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, retired from the Sûreté du Québec where as he was internationally renown as a homicide expert, sits on a stone bench in Three Pines every morning. He is joined each day by a neighbor Clara Morrow who finally gets up the nerve to ask the courage to ask him for a favor. Her husband Peter, whom she asked to leave over a year before has not returned despite their agreement to do so on the anniversary of his departure. The couple, both painters, had a role reversal in...more
Joe Jones
You didn't really think that Gamache retiring would be the end did you? Not a chance! I was lucky to get an advanced readers copy so don't want to give out any spoilers before the official publication date. Just let me say what a gut punch of an ending. Every time I think Louise Penny can't top herself she somehow manages to do it. Another wonderful outing featuring everything we have come to expect from this series and more. Sure to make all the best mysteries of the year lists.
Anne Mowat
Some spoilers in this review, but the ending is not revealed.

I'm a longtime devotee of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mysteries. I loved previous novels because the characters were interesting and believable, the narrative lines were complex, strong, and, well, MYSTERIOUS!

But I'm now wondering if a book a year isn't an awful lot to ask of a quality writer like Ms. Penny.

I listen to the audio versions of the books. In this tenth Three Pines mystery, Ralph Cosham's wonderful audio...more
Lesa
Every year I have a difficult time reviewing Louise Penny's new book. How do I comment on a beautifully written, moving book without giving anything away? It's as difficult to review a Chief Inspector Gamache novel as it is to read it. There is no other book I read during the year that I read every word while shutting out the world. Penny's words are perfect in The Long Way Home. She gathers readers into the world of Three Pines, welcomes us as friends, and then, in this case, sets us on a journ...more
Pamela B.
Our girl took her sweet time about it, lulling us with café au lait, maple syrup-drenched blueberry pancakes, over-stuffed Edwardian armchairs, pine scented breezes and crackling fires. She knows what we want: Ruth and Rosa stealing books from Myrna, Olivier kicking snowflakes off his shoes as he brings Gamache et al. baguettes fresh from the oven, scents of chamomile tea and Clara slipping Henri a nib of ripe cheese. And for several chapters she gave it to us but good; we sat happy and sated, f...more
Rachel
A long time fan of Louise Penny, and indeed C.I Gamache (as was, now retired) I was very keen to continue a journey started years ago. I had my doubts as to how Gamache could be recalled to policing now he has established a life away from the police but needn't have worried, he is still the same character I have grown to admire. Ms Penny writes her main male character incredibly convincingly, not as straightforward a task as you'd think, very many times I have read books (especially police proce...more
Terri
While not as good as How the Light gets in, The Long Way home is still a respectable addition to the Inspector Gamache series. I remain torn on some of the plot points, and especially the climax, but these feelings are largely personal rather than a reflection of the quality of the writing.

(view spoiler)...more
Nancy
I have loved all of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache mysteries and this is no exception. Her characters now seem like old friends and I miss them the minute that I finish her latest book. I've also loved exploring Quebec through this series.
A.J. Davidson
I confess that I have a soft spot for Penny's books even though I find them sickly twee. There is no doubt that she is a talented storyteller but this is her weakest story yet. The search for Clara's husband revolves around some paintings he has sent his nephew. Very difficult to hold a reader's interest when the clues are abstract paintings. Added to this is the selection of locations apparently chosen for their dramatic setting rather than any logical link to the plot. A pleasant enough read b...more
Judy
I am so glad Penny writes killer endings to her books, because I came close to making this a 3 star read. In this book Inspector Gamache is settling into retirement in Three Pines and enjoying his new quiet life with his wife and friends when Clara tells him Peter hasn't come home from their year apart and she is worried something has happened to him.
Gamache reluctanly agrees to help her find Peter and of course Jean Guy comes along in an unofficial capacity.
Peter was my least favorite character...more
Dorothy
Throughout this wonderful series featuring the humane and incorruptible Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, one of the recurring themes has been how art is made and how the lives of the artists affect their art. This theme has been explored most closely through the stories of the residents of the little village of Three Pines in Quebec, where many of Gamache's cases have taken him over the years. Long-time readers of the series, like myself, tend to think of those residents as old and treasured frie...more
Ronna
Sep 05, 2014 Ronna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Inspector Gamache has retired and is living a quiet life in Three Pines with his wife, but his soul is still pondering all that has happened to him recently. While daily reading about the "sin sick soul" from a book his father had been reading the last time Gamache saw him, Clara gets him to go on a searching expedition to find her husband, Peter, who should have returned home after a year's planned separation. A small group from Three Pines follows these two around all the places that Peter has...more
Laura Hoffman Brauman
This may be my very favorite series. Incredible writer -- and a treat, since I thought the series was over. If you haven't read Louise Penny, you need to start with the first one, Still Life.
Larraine
In this latest novel centering around the mythical village of Three Pines, Canada, Armand Gamache. formerly the head of homicide of the Quebec Surete, is now retired. He and his wife (and also beloved partner), Reine-Marie, have moved to a home in Three Pines. Their daughter got married, in the last book, to Gamache's former protege, Jean-Guy who has gone through his own harrowing journey of addiction and despair. Now Armand starts his mornings with a walk to the woods where he sits on a bench a...more
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Many of Louise Penny's books are published under different titles by UK/Canada and US publishers.
She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.

Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

Awards:
* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
o 2008 –...more
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