The Long Way Home

Version: Unabridged
Author: Louise Penny
Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: August 2014
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Surete du Quebec, 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 Quebec. 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.

Reviews (5)

Just Okay

Written by Steve Y from Tybee Island, GA on November 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Up to now, this been a pretty good series of stories from Penny. This one, not so much. The ability of nearly everyone in the story to read all the hidden meanings in the paintings was more than a bit far fetched. In fact, the almost annoying ability that each character has to read something different in just about anything anyone said, or some opposite meaning in every look, glance, or movement was really overplayed. And for crying out loud, every one of these characters is \"wounded\" in some way and they are always seeking but never quite finding \"healing.\" Please! What a bunch of depressing sad sacks. Get over yourselves.


Written by Elaine B. on February 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I love this series and the author. However, this particular book was a disappointment. I have found that reading each book and then listening to it on audio at a later time brings out the author’s skill with language and storytelling. Such was not the case with this book. I’ll continue to read everything she writes!

Written by Doreen B on December 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was super disappointed in this book! I usually don’t want the books to end but! not so with this. I found it tedious and boring. I loved some parts here and there but I really didn’t care about most of what was going on The end was not a complete shock, I admit I saw it coming for some time. I had a very hard time finishing this one. Hopefully the next will be better, albeit without Ralph Cosham who is Chief Inspector Gamache.

Written by Louise H on November 14th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Addictive! What a fantastic series. Best read in order. Ralph Chosham brings Louise Penny’s characters to life. Gamache and Three Pines and all.


Written by William N on September 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the suspense series I've listened too.

Author Details

Author Details

Penny, Louise

Louise Penny worked as an award-winning journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation before leaving to write crime fiction. Her first Three Pines mystery, "Still Life,""" won the New Blood Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. In the United States, it received the prestigious Anthony and Barry awards at Bouchercon 2007, as well as the Dilys Award for the book that the members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association most enjoyed selling. It was also named one of "Kirkus Reviews"' top ten mysteries of 2