The Long Way Home
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2014-08-26
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (#10)
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 d...
Another winner! Big surprise, eh? :) In this, the 10th Gamache book, things are a little more quiet, a little more personal, a little less grand - as they needed to be after the culmination of major series arcs in the previous novel. This felt like a chance to catch our breath as well as see ...
As relieved as I am that the last book wrapped up the Sûreté sub-plot, reading this reminded me of watching Moonlighting after Maddie and David finally hooked up and all the sexual tension was gone. I still adore Louise Penny's writing, but I haven't been this bored with a Gamache novel since someon...
AudiobookI'm starting to really Ralph Cosham. He's such a quiet narrator that I wasn't sure about him at first but now I enjoy him. At about half-way, I thought, "Wow a murder-mystery without a murder. Nice." But nope, I was wrong. Great book/great series.
In the last six weeks, I've read books 4 through 10 of this series - a full half dozen experiences with Inspector Gamache. It has become the book series that is closest to my heart. I don't really entirely understand what Penny is doing with her series, but one thing that I know for sure is that t...