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The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg (Homer Kelly #17)

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“I’d been wanting for a long time to use the Civil War as a background, but couldn’t imagine how to do it. One day while taking a walk it dawned on me that since my long-suffering characters Homer and Mary Kelly teach and work in Harvard’s Memorial Hall, they could become interested in the memorial tablets lining the walls of the corridor, tablets listing the names of Har
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published June 9th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 2003)
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Todd Stockslager
Review title: North comes South in Civil War mystery
Of all the subtexts of the Civil War, the involvement of wealthy sons of New England is one of minor but enduring interest. The granite Calvinist abolitionism and noblesse oblige that their privileged positions as Ivy League graduates gave them expectation of their right to assume leadership of a war fought on distant fields. Was it their war? Joshua Chamberlain's stand at Gettysburg, and his return to New England academia is the stuff of legen
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Sara Bartlett
I bought this book after a review I read in Mystery Scene magazine (124/2012) about Jane Langton sketches she includes in her books. Well, yes, she is unique in her use of sketches and photographs, but no this is not a great book. There was an interesting plot based on a murder during the battle at Gettysburg, and that murder and following events during the 1860's were interesting. But, NO, the use of the silly characters Homer and Mary who are supposed to be aging professionals was just too har ...more
Vilo
Jane Langton is one of the cosiest of mystery writers. The main characters in this book (and many others) are a middle-aged married couple, both church-going academics in the Boston area. This mystery is obviously an historical one, not all of hers are. All Langton's books I have read have wit, style, characters you want to be friends with, and a satisfying puzzle.
Pat
The two main characters were so annoying. Obvious actions were overlooked. The plot, however, was fairly interesting. Just couldn't get past those two supposedly professional people searching into the past.
Shannon
So glad I read this the night after we spent the day seeing Gettysburg it really brought the story to life! Great!!!!!! One night one book!
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Its good to know something about where I live
Jenine
Jane Langton books are so easy to like.
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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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