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The Long Way Home

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #10)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  32,226 ratings  ·  3,532 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
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Published August 26th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Susanne Gale I've read the whole series and loved every one, except this one. While Gamache continues to interest and fascinate me, i think Three Pines is wearing…moreI've read the whole series and loved every one, except this one. While Gamache continues to interest and fascinate me, i think Three Pines is wearing thin. Clara has just become annoying and as Louise Penny continues to kill off all of the really interesting characters in the town.....well, let's just say I hope that Gamache moves somewhere else. while Three Pines had some interesting murders, this was not one of them. Unless Clara is the next victim in Three Pines I hope that the character of Gamache moves on to another location. Rosa the Duck has a bigger heart than Clara. i was very disappointed in this book, but hope that the series can pick itself up again with a more interesting story.(less)
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)
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Jul 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mediocre-or-less
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
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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a heavy heart I have to admit that this was not my favorite Louise Penny book. I've read other reviews that said the same thing. I just hoped that I would see it differently, that I would love it as much as her prior books that essentially took my breath away. But alas, I have to agree with everyone, it was just wasn't the same.

Let's start with the positive....
Louise Penny introduces each character with such depth that you feel that you know them, no matter how small a role that character
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
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
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
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I’ll say 3.75 stars after a slight slip!

Louise Penny continues to explore new aspects in her Canadian police procedural series, pushing readers to open their minds once again. Major changes continue within the Homicide squad of the Sûreté du Québec, largest of all being the retirement of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. After purchasing some property in the bucolic town of Three Pines, Gamache and his wife, Reine-Marie, settle amongst friends to enjoy peace in rural Quebec. All this is shattered
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
Oh Peter Morrow. You've always been a troubled character and this book is all about you even though you are almost entirely absent from it. I just wish the ending had evoked some kind of emotional reaction, but it didn't. Mainly because I was so bored by that point- the whole side trip via the boat right before was so infuriatingly pointless that I was ready for the book to end. And all the investigative work prior to the boat trip felt like random well-researched places that the author tried to ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 moving plot, encompassing the inner-workings of the art world, was presented more like a never-ending travel journal of a group of friends, promoting tourism in Canada. It lost me within the first ten chapters of the b
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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!
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2017
The previous book in this series How the Light Gets In was such a good finale to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache's career as Quebec's Head of Homicide, ending with his retirement to the little village of Three Pines that he has come to love so much where he can start to recover his physical and mental health. I couldn't imagine that a sequel featuring Gamache in retirement could be as good and postponed reading this book for a long time and unfortunately it does not live up to the rest of the ser ...more

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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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....
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.
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
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
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
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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

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 able to resist following him here, now retired to his beloved rural community of Three Pines. But it’s a bit of an early retirement. He is damaged goods, still recovering from physical and mental injuries from a treac
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the book contains the usual hallmarks of Louise penny's writing.....but where the book fails is the plot.

The premise didn't justify the painstakingly long investigation into the disappearance of Peter Morrow.

it failed to engage me and hold my interest.

I think penny must really think about the future course the series needs to take.

coz, it might just happen that Gamache is investigating the disappearance of Rosa in her next.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
The Long Way Home is book 10 of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec retired to a peaceful village called Three Pines. Armand Gamache neighbour Clara Morrow was worried about her husband Peter and asked Armand for help. With the help of his formal second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir Armand started to investigate. However, the investigation took Clara Morrow and Armand, deep into Quebec and Paris to find answers. The re ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
This is not a standard whodunit. Rather this appears to be an exploration of people dealing with complex emotional issues. A story of damage and healing, envy and jealousy, "a sin-sick soul". Louise Penny's writing style is so wonderful that you feel as though you know each character. All of their strengths as well as their weaknesses and flaws. They come alive in the story. And of course there is the sense of place. When reading any of the books in this series you feel as though you are there. ...more
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 pages out of 373, a mystery as much as it is an analysis. An analysis both in aesthetics and in psychology, of the Peter Marrow character and the relationship he has within the work of his art (painting) and the con
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
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
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of fourteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Ed ...more

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