The entertaining Homer Kelly teams up with a church organ tuner to solve the mystery of a church fire, an unattended baby, and a missing mom. Jane Langston's drawings add to the appeal of the suspenseful story, and it all ends with a satisfactorily dramatic finale.
10th in the series, although they can be read independently, as I did. I read everyone and couldn't wait to pick up the next. I have all on my bookshelf as of this writing. Loved it!
The chronological order of the books is:
The Homer Kelly novels
* The Transcendental Murder (1964) aka The Minuteman Murder
* Dark Nantucket Noon (1975)
* The Memorial Hall Murder (1978)
* Natural Enemy (1982)
* Emily Dickinson Is Dead (1984)
* Good and Dead (1986)
* Murder at the Gardner (1988)
* The Dante Game (1991)
* God in Concord (1992)
* Divine Inspiration (1993)
* The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels (1995)
* Dead as a Dodo (1996)
* The Face on the Wall (1998)
* The Thief of Venice (1999)
* Murder at Monticello (2001)
* The Escher Twist (2002)
* The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg (2003)
* Steeplechase (2005)
This was a great story. I'll be looking for others in the series.
Multiple story-lines are running simultaneously:
Was the fire in the historic Church of the Commonwealth an accident or arson? The sexton was burned to a crisp.
Will the new sexton discover that he must keep the pilings under the church damp in time to prevent the church from becoming structurally unsound? Those cracks in the walls just keep growing.
Where is Rosalind Hall? Her 14-month-old son was discovered crawling up the steps of the Church of the Commonwealth, and a search of her flat revealed a large pool of blood on the floor.
Where has James Castle, the organist for the Church of the Commonwealth, gone? Oddly enough, he disappeared at the same time as Rosalind Hall.
Will Harold Oates, organist extraordinaire, overcome his alcoholic, homeless lifestyle to return to the life of performing that he left behind, or is he the culprit behind the recent spew of organ vandalism in the churches of the city?
Did Reverend Kraeger cause the church fire? Will he be arrested for it, or for yet another crime of which his ex-wife accuses him?