Search Results: "Jane Langton"


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NATURAL ENEMY by Jane Langton
Released: Feb. 25, 1981

"With intriguing nature-study touches and a slew of nifty minor characters (the Heron sisters must protect their house from historical societies, garden clubbers, and real-estaters)—an odd but diverting tale, with special appeal to YA readers."
Ex-cop Homer Kelly (The Memorial Hall Murder, 1978) returns, to considerably better effect, in an entertainment which is less a conventional murder-mystery than a suspenseful morality play (again with echoes of Langton's work in juveniles). Read full book review >

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MURDER AT THE GARDNER  by Jane Langton
Released: Feb. 23, 1988

"This is one not to miss."
The author of several stories featuring retired ex-cop (now Harvard lecturer) Homer Kelly (Natural Enemy, etc.) reveals unexpected strengths and charm in this new work. Read full book review >

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THE FACE ON THE WALL by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Although rife with fairy-tale elements of its own and heavily sprinkled with literary quotes, this 13th outing for Homer Kelly is the author's best effort in some time: taut, suspenseful, and absorbing all the way."
New England's professor/sleuth Homer Kelly's wife Mary (Dead As a Dodo, 1996, etc.) wants him to look into the disappearance of her onetime student Pearl Small, whose husband Fred is trying to turn his wife's inherited acreage, once devoted to pig-farming, into an upscale residential development. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT MONTICELLO by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2001

"Awash in architectural, biographical, and geographical detail, as well as her trademark line drawings: all in all, more history than mystery."
Fourth of July at Monticello should be a blast—at least so says University of Virginia professor Ed Bailey in exhorting his Harvard counterpart Homer Kelly (The Thief of Venice, 1999, etc.) to join him for the festivities at Thomas Jefferson's historic home. Read full book review >

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GOD IN CONCORD by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"The author's clever live drawings further enhance a richly textured, unflaggingly entertaining story."
Ominous happenings in Concord, Mass., site of Thoreau's Walden and long the home base of the author's intellectual ex-cop Homer Kelly (National Enemy, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE THIEF OF VENICE by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 1999

Homer Kelly's 14th case sends the Concord, Mass., professor and his wife and colleague Mary (The Face on the Wall, 1998, etc.) to a rare book conference in Venice, where Mary's tourist photos will reveal a missing woman and lead to a stolen treasure, a modern miracle, and sudden, violent death—all illustrated with an exceptional profusion of Langton's line drawings. Read full book review >

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DEAD AS A DODO by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Flickers of gently effective satire compete with kitchen-sink plotting, but still leave Homer's 12th case (The Shortest Day, 1995, etc.) below the level of his best."
Homer Kelly is nervous about his stint as a visiting fellow in American literature at Keble College, but he'd relax if he knew that the elevated Oxford body count will make him feel right at home. Read full book review >

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THE SHORTEST DAY by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A loquacious narrative that's only fitfully absorbing."
It's Christmastime in Cambridge's Harvard Square, but goodwill is in short supply. Read full book review >

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THE ASTONISHING STEREOSCOPE by Erik Blegvad
Released: Nov. 17, 1971

"Though skeptics will remain unconvinced by the final bit of family faith healing which absolves Eleanor's guilt over having caused injury to a friend, it's a mind-bending experience to follow her through the fast-paced revelations of her magic lantern catechism."
Reared in the intellectual atmosphere of Concord, Massachusetts by two parents seeped in the abstractions of transcendentalism, it's no wonder that Eleanor turns to the sepia-tinted fantasy world of the stereoscope (a present from her Hindu uncle Prince Krishna) for answers to her questions about guilt, redemption and the nature of the hereafter. Read full book review >

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DIVINE INSPIRATION by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Her illustrations, on the other hand, are elegant, crisp, and mercifully without unnecessary embellishment."
Young organ-builder Alan Starr, on his way into Boston's First Church of the Commonwealth, comes across a lone infant. Read full book review >

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DARK NANTUCKET NOON by Jane Langton
Released: Jan. 22, 1974

"A beach plum."
The mystery is somewhat waterlogged by the environs, Nantucket, but Miss Langton's audience — the younger girls she formerly wrote for and the older ones they grew into — won't mind since there's lots of local folkways and bylaws, Nantucket having kept itself to itself; lots of instruction about the tides and the shellfish and the shells; a romance; a clever use of Melville with whom Miss Langton is on close speaking/citing terms; and finally the death of a young woman who represented local conservation but. . . . Read full book review >

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THE DESERTER by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2003

"Fine storytelling grounded in solid research and highlighted with vintage photographs and the author's trademark line drawings. An unabashed love letter to Harvard and librarians, and an admonition for hawks in our own time."
Every family has black sheep, but what could Mary Kelly's great-great-grandfather Seth Morgan, Harvard class of 1860, have done that was so shameful no one ever spoke of it? Read full book review >