In the novel The Long Way Home by Louise Penny, Clara Morrow knew something was wrong when her estranged husband, Peter, did not return home on the one-year anniversary of their separation. They were supposed to talk about their marriage and see if they wanted to give it a second chance. Clara shared her troubles with Armand Gamache, the retired head of homicide who had come to Three Pines to rest, heal, and find peace. Gamache must battle his personal demons to work what he fears will turn out to be a homicide case. Peter was found but not in time to save him from becoming a victim of a murder scheme decades in the making. Themes in the novel include fighting one’s inner demons, the reality of muses, and the mystery of transformation and perspective.