I'm so glad you've discovered the Armand Gamache books. I hope you're enjoying reading them as much as I'm loving writing about the Chief Inspector, and the village of Three Pines, in Quebec.

THE LONG WAY HOME, book 10 in the series, debuted at #1 on bestseller lists all over North America, including both the New York Times and the Globe and Mail, making it the #1 book on the continent.

As you can imagine, this is a dream, a fantasy, come true. In fact, when I was told this would happen I was in a parking lot of the Vancouver Airport, and I burst into tears. And then I called Michael to tell him.

This has all happened, thanks to you. You found the Chief Inspector Gamache books, you read them, and told others, and spread the word. And now look what you've done! Thank you doesn't seem to cover it, but it's all I have so, thank you. Thank you.



THE LONG WAY HOME, has been chosen one of the Best Books of 2014 by a number of places including . .

- Kirkus Reviews named it a Best Crime Fiction of the Year
- The Washington Post chose it as one of the Best Fiction Books of the Year
- The Globe and Mail named it to their Top 100 Books of the Year and one of the top 5 crime novels
- The Toronto Star has named THE LONG WAY HOME as one of the Best Crime Fiction books of the Year
- Amazon.com named it a Best Book of 2014
- Kobo has placed it in the Top Crime Fiction of the Year
- The Long Way Home has been included in BookBrowse's annual Best of the Year 2014 list
- Barnes and Noble chose it as a Top Holiday Book
- AudioFile has named THE LONG WAY HOME the Best Crime Fiction Audio Book of 2014!! This is a bittersweet acknowledgement of the gifts of Ralph Cosham, since he passed away earlier in the fall. But it is still reason to celebrate a wonderful man. Oh, how we miss him.
- The Long Way Home audiobook has also been included in Audible’s Best of 2014
- The Library Journal have chosen THE LONG WAY HOME as one of their Best Media / Best Audio books for 2014
- Aunt Agatha's (a fabulous crime fiction bookstore in Ann Arbor) has named THE LONG WAY HOME one of the Best Crime Novels of 2014


For those of you who want a taste of the new book, just click here to read how it begins.

Here is a brief description of what happens in the book - without giving anything away, I promise!

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of the Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. But his peace is interrupted when his friend and neighbour, Clara Morrow tells him her artist husband Peter has failed to come home. She asks for Gamache's help in finding him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamche feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. But he must.

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 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.

I can hardly wait for you to read THE LONG WAY HOME



The reviews so far have been wonderful:


New York Times
'Splendid....Ms. Penny's books mix some classic elements of the police procedural with a deep-delving psychology, as well as a sorrowful sense of the precarious nature of human goodness, and the persistence of its opposite, even in rural Edens like Three Pines.'

Booklist (starred review)
'As always, 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…..'


Publishers Weekly
'Perceptive… perfectly paced…The prose is remarkably fresh, filled with illuminating and delightful turns of phrase.'


Library Journal (starred review)
'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.'


Kirkus Review
'The emotional depth accessed here is both a wonder and a joy to uncover… Gamache's 10th outing culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end.'

Charlotte Observer
' ....This series dominates best-seller lists and award lists for a reason. Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and – thank goodness – redemption.'

Richmond Times Dispatch
'A story that examines the making of art and the struggles of artists, 'The Long Way Home" is itself a work of art, a novel that transcends genre, engages heart and mind and, like all of Penny's work, leaves the reader awestruck by the depth of her skills and the decency of her spirit.'

Globe and Mail
"Louise Penny's new Inspector Gamache novel…is, in fact, the best story so far, thanks to strong characters, a deep and sophisticated plot, and just a soupçon of Joseph Conrad"




The previous book in the series, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, also debuted at #1 on the New York Times and made bestseller lists internationally. It is now out in paperback.

It has enjoyed tremendous recognition, including:

Nominated for the Gold Dagger, the highest crime writing aware in Britain.

Nominated for the Edgar, the highest crime writing award in North America

Nominated for an Agatha and a Macavity Award

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN was named one of the top 5 fiction books of the year by the Washington Post

The Globe Books 100: Best Crime by the Globe & Mail

Amazon.com named HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN to their BEST OF 2013 list

Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year

Barnes and Noble - Best Fiction of 2013

Goodreads - Best Mystery-Thriller Books 2013



The Long Way Home



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I'm often asked two questions: should the books be read in order? And, what is the order?

Both excellent questions. At the risk of appearing to want you to buy more books let me say that while it's not necessary to read them in any particular order (they're designed to be self-standing) there is quite a strong character development arc. I think you'd enjoy the books even more if read in order.

Now, here's the order, from the first to the most recent:

STILL LIFE
A FATAL GRACE / DEAD COLD
THE CRUELEST MONTH
A RULE AGAINST MURDER / THE MURDER STONE
THE BRUTAL TELLING
BURY YOUR DEAD
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN


Some of the books have different titles, as you might have noticed. The publishers did this not, as you might suspect, to be annoying but because they genuinely feel their readers respond to different titles. I hope it's not too confusing.




And finally, a small note about the themes in my books. They're inspired by two lines from a poem by WH Auden, in his elegy to Melville. Goodness existed, that was the new knowledge/his terror had to blow itself quite out to let him see it.

How powerful is that?




My books are about terror. That brooding terror curled deep down inside us. But more than that, more than murder, more than all the rancid emotions and actions, my books are about goodness. And kindness. About choices. About friendship and belonging. And love. Enduring love.

If you take only one thing away from any of my books I'd like it to be this:

Goodness exists.







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