Murder at Monticello
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Murder at Monticello (Homer Kelly #15)

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Two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration, a serial killer stalks Monticello

Thomas Jefferson is in trouble. Two centuries after he became America’s third President, the nation’s historians have ganged up on him, intent on shattering the reputation of a man they once idolized. It’s Fern Fisher’s job to set the record straight. A hotshot young historian, she ha...more
ebook, 262 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Road (first published 2001)
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Charlottesville, VA is preparing to celebrate the bicentennial of Thomas Jefferson’s election as president of the United States. At Monticello, Jefferson’s estate, young historian Fern Fisher has been given a grant to write a book about Jefferson, emphasizing his accomplishments and positive attributes, to balance some of the more disreputable elements associated with the third president, such as being a slave-holder, and his questionable relationship with the slave Sally Hemings. It is no small...more
I thought I would enjoy the book more than I did, since the setting was Monticello, but found myself rushing to finish it and move on to something else. I think I read another in this series several years back but didn't remember a lot about it. I may or may not read another. I don't really care for the main characters in the series and the plot was just a little on the silly side for my taste.
Initially I was disappointed because the case revolves around yet another sexual predator/serial killer obsessed with teasing the police. This is such a cliché in film and fiction that I nearly gave up (this is the kind of mystery where you know the identity of the murderer very early on, and just follow the chase). That said, Langton writes beautifully and the way she weaves in excerpts from the diaries of the Lewis and Clark expedition is makes all the difference. The epigraphs are an integral...more
I found this on the shelf at ALL BOOKED UP in Coventry. It caught my eye because it was set at Monticello. Written by a local Mass author, it is her 15th homer Kelly Mystery. I loved the setting... all nooks a crannies that we explored in October at Montichello. Jefferson and Lewis and Clark figure as central elements to this modern story. Better than I thought it would be even though plot elements could be seen from a mile away. Not sure if I would read others in the series, it was the Jefferso...more
These one is off the author's regular path. She quotes the Lewis and Clark diaries at the beginning of each chapter and doesn't shy away from some of Jefferson's less appealing traits. The serial killer has a believable obsession. She also often includes a younger couple discovering each other and she tied them into the plot well here.
Jane Langton's mysteries are fun to read. Seemed that the Murder at Monticello is a bit predictable. She's a Unitarian and often her characters are involved in the local congregation when set in the New England of Homer and Mary Kelley. Not so in Virginia. Lewis & Clark buffs might find it of interest, too.
Um, ugh. It's obvious why I picked this up, but was upset at the geographical inaccuracies (Hello, including something about the library! I forget just what now...) early on in the book and was unable to finish it, as the (ahem) quality of the writing was not enough to overcome my displeasure.
Loved that we had just been at Monticello in the fall and could imagine the whole scene. Good story too.
Enjoyable and an interesting description/perspective of Monticello and Jefferson.
I finished it. Did not enjoy it as much as earlier books in the series.
Cute, light not enough mystery.
Passed on to me from Mom.
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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.

In 1961 Langton wrote and illustrated her first book for ch...more
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