2008: 38. Steeplechase

“The wind was blowing gently west-southwest.  Two church steeples in the town of Bedford veered away below the balloon as the Spratt brothers dropped their leaflets, and before long two more spires appeared above the trees in the town of Concord.”

Steeplechase, Jane Langton

Another Homer Kelly mystery with a historical mystery at its core - Langton has obviously changed pace a bit with her more recent novels.   This one* takes place back in Concord (and the made up town of Nashoba, which is next down, presumably where Carlisle really is), where it deals with the aftermath of the civil war, evolution, a missing church, and other such mysteries.  Again, Homer and Mary slowly solve the puzzle, and we get a glimpse of life ago.  I enjoyed this much more than The Deserter, since there as no grave injustices, just an interesting story (well, there is a terrible arborcide, but it was a made up tree, so I’ll live).  Another fun read.

*The only thing is, for some reason I thought this was going to be about horse racing in Virginia (who knows?) and was totally shocked to find it about New England churches.  Pleasantly shocked, though.

Date/Place Completed: 3/9/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction

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