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Dark Nantucket Noon Hardcover – 1975

Book 2 of 18 in the Homer Kelly Mysteries Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper, NY; First Edition edition (1975)
  • ASIN: B000GE1DQU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,360,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've written an awful lot of books. There are eleven for middle-aged children, mostly fantasies. The ones that have hung around the longest are "The Diamond in the Window" and "The Fledgling." The seventh in the series called "The Hall Family Chronicles" came out last spring, "The Mysterious Circus," and I've just finished writing an eighth, "The Dragon Tree."

All eighteen mysteries for adults have the same protagonists, Homer and Mary Kelly. Mary is the sensible one, but I confess I like Homer's rhapsodic flights of fancy. Most of their adventures happen in Massachusetts, but I've also sent them to farflung places I wanted to visit myself, like Florence, Oxford and Venice. Most of the novels are illustrated with my own drawings, but "The Escher Twist" has ten prints by the mysterious Dutch artist M. C. Escher, and the two historical mysteries are illustrated with nineteenth-century photographs.

Customer Reviews

It is beautifully written.
N. Cantwell
Once I read one of hers, it was hard to stop until I had read all of them.
J. L. Fromme
I just didn't feel that the characters flowed with each other.
Dawn Dowdle

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alicia K. Ahlvers on July 22, 2002
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Homer Kelly has come to Nantucket to complete his study of the men who sailed with Melville. When poetess, Katherine Clark, is arrested for the murder of her ex-lover's beautiful new wife, Homer is asked to help find the real murderer. As he investigates, it turns out that the beautiful new wife, Helen Boatwright Green was keeping secrets that someone would kill to protect. When you read some of her descriptions, especially those involving the natural world, there is a lovely moment of recognition, of her descriptions being exactly right. This is the second in her Homer and Mary Kelly series and is considered to be her best novel by many critics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Gandenberger on August 3, 2000
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Jane Langton's series of Homer Kelly mysteries is excellent; this book is weak. The characters are thin, the plot is disappointing, the atmosphere lacks her usual charm. Langton's a very enjoyable writer, but this book does not demonstrate it.
If you've read and enjoyed the others, you'll probably want to read this to complete the series. If you haven't read any of her books yet, pick a different one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on July 12, 2002
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This is the first book I have read by this author. I began reading this at the beginning of our vacation to New England. I almost didn't make it past the first chapter. I stuck it out another chapter to meet the main character Homer Kelly. That made it bearable.
I must say that this is not one of my favorite books. I just didn't feel that the characters flowed with each other. I especially did not like Kitty Clark who was accused of the murder. She was too flighty for me.
Homer Kelly, a former lieutenant-detective and academic, was her attorney. He is the main character of this series. I did like him. So I will try another book in this series in time. I hope that not all her books are written in this same way.
There just wasn't any connection between the characters and maybe that's the way this story needed to be told in her opinion, but I felt it was too disjointed and Kitty had no "confidant" friend other than her attorney whom she had just met.
I prefer a series where you really get to know the characters...
The setting as I stated is on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. Kitty has come there to view the eclipse, as have many other people. She stumbles upon a dead woman at the lighthouse who happens to be Joe Green's wife. Kitty and Joe Green had an affair before Joe was married. She is still in love with Joe and had tried to NOT run into him on the island. Kitty is accused of the murder because of this history and the fact that she is found by the dead woman with a knife in her hand. Homer Kelly comes to her aid and helps her unravel the truth.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
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Langton's picture of Nantucket is vaguely matching my own recent memories, although she succeeds in making it duller than it was for me. More than that, the story begins with a scene that is explained as an incredible coincidence pointing to our heroine as the murderer. I kept thinking, "No, this is a device to mislead me" but it was not the clever intricacy I'd been waiting for. It was just plain silliness. This is not just a small problem; this is the kind of mystery in which one must suspend commonsense. Some people can accept that fantasyland escapism. For them I've got a great bridge to Brooklyn cheap.
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I love this book. I just finished it...for the second time. It is beautifully written. The mystery almost takes a back seat to the fantastic descriptions of Nantucket, and sea and shore. I found myself delving into Rachel Carson and websites about marine life, while reading it. Jane Langton is one of my favorite authors because her books make you think about so much more than just the mystery. They introduce you to wonderful aspects of the universe that you never thought about before. i have read them all...including her "children's" books. This is one of my favorites.
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