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God in Concord (Homer Kelly #9)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Homer suspects a rash of deaths near Walden Pond may not be accidental

Alice Snow is the first to die. In the morning, she and her friends at the Pond View Trailer Park watchsoap operas, worrying about the lives of TV’s rich and powerful. A few hours later, a hiking Homer Kelly finds Alice lying outside her trailer, head smashed and heart stopped. Though her fellow Pond Vie
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Published March 6th 2012 by Road (first published 1992)
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This book was enjoyable, although the whole thing seemed a bit shallow. But I liked Homer Kelly and many of the other characters, and the themes of development, preservation, and town character are evergreen. The Dickensian names were amusing (a law firm called Pouch, Heaviside, and Sprocket, for example), and I wound up getting more out of the Thoreau connection than I expected. Now I'm going to have to read some of his work. (In fact I got out my old paperback copy of Walden and other writings ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This entertaining novel is set in Concord, Massachusetts, a town I know very well from my annual visits. So the settings in the book are familiar. It's too bad the story lacks depth and is full of unlikely scenarios. But as I said, it is entertaining.
A modestly entertaining read. A diversion for readers familiar with New England, but the slightness of the plot and the flat characters dulled what could have been a sparkling cosy.
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here& in August 2000.

God in Concord is a detective novel about two things I find difficult to understand. The story is about an attempt to build a new development in Concord, Mass., threatening the Walden Pond which inspired Thoreau. I personally find it difficult to get excited about any heritage less than two hundred years old - I was amazed to find a Canadian cousin of mine just as excited about the Victorian terraces which can be seen from the walls of Lin
Jane Langton's Homer Kelly is one part absent-minded professor, one part Doctor Who (sans time travel) and one part...well, Homer Kelly. Suffering from JFS (Jessica Fletcher Syndrome), mystery and death seem to "sniff out" Homer, rather than the other way around.

The story is not just merely about scenic suburban life and the petty trifles of its inhabitants. That provides the narrative façade for an astute commentary regarding the politics of development/city planning, environmentalism and the d
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Langton's books a lot. Her children's book, Diamond in the Window, is one of my favorites of all time. The adult mysteries are comforting -- a murder here and there, but set in a world where things all turn out well in the end, the characters you really care about will not get killed, and the kind, quirky individuals will find love (if they need it). Some of the nice things about the mysteries are: Homer Kelly, the detective figure, is a likeable Emerson scholar and lover of Transcendent ...more
#9 in the Homer Kelly series.

Homer Kelly series - Alice Snow is the first to die. In the morning, she and her friends at the Pond View Trailer Park watch soap operas, worrying about the lives of TV’s rich and powerful. A few hours later, a hiking Homer Kelly finds Alice lying outside her trailer, head smashed and heart stopped. Though her fellow Pond View residents do not realize it, their lives are in danger too. The state-owned park sits on Walden Pond, just north of the replica of Thoreau’s l
Jan 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
skip this. really. it's filled with 2-dimensional characters, most of whom are either mean, bitter &/or selfish. i probably could have lived with all that and just dismissed the book as a piece of forgetable fluff. but every other chapter, you're forced to endure descriptions like this (of a doctor whose office is heavy on the pink & flowers):

"Homer was glad to see that [Dr. Stefano] didn't match his office suite. His face wasn't part of any decorating scheme. It was lined and puckered w
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-classics
Another New England book - not abut religion, but a mystery story. Homer Kelly is a great character and the books are quite simple. But, when you know the communities the are set in, it is fun to read. I enjoyed reading this whole series. I think I have read all 18, the last was written in 2005.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Langton's style may not be for everyone, but I love the casual pace and the way she brings in several interconnected stories that eventually resolve into one solution for the mystery. This one was about Thoreau, Walden Pond, Concord, fiscal problems of governmental units, and commercial development. It is quietly funny.
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh no, progress (so called) is coming to Concord (MA) and Walden Pond specifically, in the form of luxury homes and garbage dumps! What's a Thoreau buff to do? Possibly murder, or so it appears in this fine and very funny Homer and Mary Kelly mystery.
Chris Leuchtenburg
A loony tale involving a gang of homeless in tony Concord, some amoral developers and a group of Thoreau fanatics. Imaginative and often humorous, but leisurely paced and rife with implausible events.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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God in Concord by Jane Langton I have a love of Thoreau and Walden and this is set around there and involves the saving of Walden Pond and people who talk about Thoreau a lot. So that was interesting. The mystery was a real surprise ending but not all that gripping, nonetheless.

Interesting scenario -- but I couldn't get into it. Started to seem contrived.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when you think you know what will happen, you're surprised by the turns it takes. Overall I enjoyed the quotes and feel of the story.
I liked this book a lot - a nice mix of characters (I especially liked Ananda), lovely illustrations (rarely seen in mysteries) and a believable plot without a lot of silliness - a very nice read.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery which is literary, well-written, fun and full of action, and still thoughtful and thought-provoking--all that, and Thoreau quotes too. Great book, great series.
A light, enjoyable mystery! There was enough humor to keep it fun and enough suspense to keep you reading.
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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
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