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Divine Inspiration (Homer Kelly #10)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  10 reviews
After a new pipe organ is installed at a Boston church, an organist vanishes

An infant crawls in the dark, up the cold stone steps of Boston’s Church of the Commonwealth. It is a miracle that Alan Starr notices the child, so focused is he on the church’s new organ, whose pipes he is about to hear for the first time. He takes the baby in his arms and goes inside to inspect t
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Published March 6th 2012 by Road (first published 1993)
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 1998.

This is a rather unusual detective story, featuring a detective who apparently turns up in a whole series of Jane Langton books, ex-policeman Homer Kelly. The plot concerns sabotage of the organ at a church in Boston, Mass., starting with a fire and the simultaneous disappearance of an organist living in an apartment block next to the church. Even though Homer Kelly is the series character, he isn't the hero of the book; that honour goes to the
Young organist Alan Starr, going to Boston's Church of the Commonwealth one evening, finds a young child crawling up the stairs, with no adults around. Alan bonds with young Charlie, whose mother, also an organist, seems to have deserted him. This is one of the strange incidents taking place among the church family from Christmas to Easter, which will eventually include a murder, two romances, and--but that would be a spoiler! Delightful as Langton's books always are.
Langton brings to life the arcane world of church organists in her familiar Boston setting. A thoroughly enjoyable mystery.
A very busy romp - quite fun. Homer is Langton's Miss Marple/Hercule Poirot and I found shades of Christie and Sayers in this book. She gets lots of threads going, and talks about Boston church architecture (not at the level of detail in Sayers' book about bells, but enough to be interesting). Her bad guys are really icky so its fine to dislike them thoroughly. Nice twistiness, too. Looking forward to the others - though need to space them. They are like very rich plum pudding - so much going on ...more
Suspicious goings-on in Boston's Church of the Commonwealth require the detective teamwork of Homer Kelly and his wife Mary. A cerebral mystery filled with lots of details about pipe organs, Bach's music and quotes from Martin Luther. Quite a bit of profanity as well.
Fantastic for organists, organ builders, and choir directors. She gets most of the details of our work basically right, with a few exceptions. The plot is ok, as long as you don't mind some hokey names and metaphors.
I'm rereading this in those short snippets of spare time; there is an astounding amount of pipe organ trivia worked effortlessly into the telling of the story.
This Homer Kelly mystery is set in Boston's Back Bay, an enjoyable read with organ music, churches, an arsonist, an apparently abandoned baby, and a bit of romance.
Sep 15, 2007 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries, series
More about the sacred organ music than theology. Mysterious happenings at a nondemoninational church in New England.

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Langton was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied astronomy at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1944. She received an M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan in 1945, and another M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1948. She studied at the Boston Museum School from 1958 to 1959.

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