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The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels (Homer Kelly #11)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Homer investigates the violent deaths of a beautiful stage manager’s admirers

Each year, the beautiful Sarah Bailey marks the winter solstice by organizing a pageant of drama and song for the citizens of Harvard University. Last year, the star of the show was Henry Shady, an Appalachian folk singer whose homespun charm won the eye of every young woman in Cambridge. On the e
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ebook, 266 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (first published 1995)
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Ed
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#11 in the Homer Kelly series.

Homer Kelly series - In Cambridge, Mass., the annual Christmas Revels celebrating the Winter Solstice are being meticulously planned by beauteous Sarah Bailey, whose obsessively jealous husband, Morgan, an ornithologist, is clearly pinpointed as the deranged killer of all her imagined suitors. As a folksinger, an attorney and a dancer are dispatched with grisly efficiency, the self-satisfied Homer ignores the suspicions of demure, astute Mary. Meanwhile, much of Har
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Josephine
Not quite as good as the earlier Homer Kelly mysteries--as another reviewer pointed out, the murderer was painfully obvious and I'm usually miserable at guessing whodunit. I'm giving it an extra star because I have fond memories of the Christmas Revels (a very real production, though somewhat fictionalized here) and her descriptions of the performance and audience reaction is a wistful trip back in time for me.
Lisa Brintlinger
Even though it's July, I read a Christmas book! Jane Langton has written a series and this is #11! It was a light read, perfect to put on my iPad and go on a trip! The book takes place in Boston so Bostonians would easily recognize the spots mentioned in the murder mystery story. The main characters, husband and wife professors, are involved in a Revels production and murders happen and get solved. Not too deep, not too hard at all to solve = a fine vacation book!
Jrobertus
This is not great literature but it is a fun fast read. The setting is Harvard where facultly and friends are putting on an annual revel with Morris dancers, songs and a St George skit. The leader is the earth mother Sarah, but bodies pile and who is to blame? Not really hard to see but there you are. There is also a sub-plot about homelessness with some interesting social commentary.
Tulay
Dec 24, 2014 Tulay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Murders but no mystery.

Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts will enjoy this series. Saint George and the Dragon: A Mummer's Play, The Christmas Revels Songbook, verses from the The Oxford Book of Carols are in this book. Also Harvard astronomers, supernova. Author surged and spend some time with this story, not my kind of book.
Grey853
Sep 07, 2010 Grey853 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, holiday
A man is run down and Mary Kelly is the only witness. Was it an accident or murder?

I wanted to like this holiday mystery, but I didn't. The writing style was choppy and the point of view all over the place. There really wasn't much of a mystery, either. It was very disappointing.
Cece
Feb 18, 2009 Cece rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This felt rushed and formulatic-no mystery, really-and shallow characters. It was a disappointment compared to other Langton Kelly mysteries.
Linda Glein
I didn't love it, but for a mystery (sort of) it will provide some good subjects for book discussion. topics such as urban poverty, the universe, love and marriage, jealousy, etc.
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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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