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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 had 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, failing 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 that 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.

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  • “At the start of The Long Way Home…Gamache and his wife are finally at peace, mixing among the quirky, testy inhabitants of Three Pines. But recovery would make for a dull book, so trouble soon finds Gamache when his neighbor Clara seeks help finding her missing husband, who left town in a funk over Clara’s success as an artist…It’s Penny’s chiseled characters that make this novel such a treat. Three Pines is a cozy, friendly place, but even amid the picturesque pines of southern Quebec, sin and sick souls are always lurking.”

    Amazon.com

  • “As with all the author’s other titles, Penny wraps her mystery around the history and personality of the people involved. By this point in the series, each inhabitant of Three Pines is a distinct individual, and the humor that lights the dark places of the investigation is firmly rooted in their long friendships, or, in some cases, frenemyships. The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning…Another gem from the endlessly astonishing Penny.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Perceptive…perfectly paced…Penny offers real insight into the evolution of artistic style as well as the envy that artists feel about each other’s success…The prose is remarkably fresh, filled with illumination and delightful turns of phrase.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Slipping smoothly from French to Canadian accents, Cosham flawlessly conveys each character’s distinct personality…With pitch-perfect rhythm, Cosham pulls listeners irresistibly into the chief inspector’s world of art, jealousy, and murder. The pairing of Cosham’s narration with Penny’s writing continues to be one of the most fortunate matches for audiobook fans.”

    AudioFile

  • “The emotional depth accessed here is both a wonder and a joy to uncover…Gamache’s tenth outing culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren’t prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they’ll have new wounds to mend.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for August 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2014
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A #1 Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of August 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Mysteries and thrillers
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