Author knows New England, heah and theah
Langton is a very fine writer and as far as I have found, can't write a bad book. Embellished with her own beautiful pen-and-ink drawings, her works are keepers. I recently acquired this one in hardback; otherwise I would never let it go. You'll enjoy the story, centered around the Old West Church in a small New England town and Homer Kelley is a hoot.
HIGHLY REALISTIC PLOT HINGING ON THE INTERACTION OF FULLY DEVELOPED CHARACTERS WITH THE PRIDE AND SPIRIT HELD AN A HISTORIC LOCALE. THE CHARACTERS ARE TRUE TO THE LOCALE AND ENVIRONMENT AND THE AUTHOR PROVIDES A MASTERFUL INTEGRATION OF PLOT AND CHARACTERS WHILE LACING THE STORY WITH SUPERB DETAILS OF NATURAL AND HISTORICAL OBSERVATIONS AND A TONGUE IN CHEEK TWIST.
6th 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)
Too many deaths of individuals belonging to one church in a small town, raise suspicions. What is going on? Who is responsible? Is it God or is it man? Should the terminally ill suffer for their sins to gain entry to heaven? Should mercy give them a slightly earlier more comfortable exit from the world we know? Interesting questions are raised.