By Jane Langton
* Viking will submit Jane Langton's thirteenth Homer Kelly secret, The Face at the Wall, in January 1998 what's Homer Kelly doing in Oxford, England? as well as operating as a vacationing lecturer, he is taking part in part-time detective, attempting to resolve the good questions of lifestyles and, alongside the way in which, the demise of a tender priest who has left a cryptic be aware asserting easily, the answer's no. As he units off on his look for solutions to this such a lot genuine and inauspicious dying, Homer additionally starts off a philosophical trip way more difficult than any started in a lecture room, and discovers a criminal offense even more sinister and troubling: God himself turns out lifeless as a dodo. Who devoted homicide chic?
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The tadpoles and the terrapins had led directly to the study of developmental biology, and eventually to a fellowship at her old Oxford college, St. Hilda's. After twenty-seven years of teaching, Helen had retired gladly, but it had been a mistake. She should have foreseen it, that retirement wouldn't suit her. She should have guessed that from now on she would have no life outside her own unhappy home, and no self but as Mrs. Johnny Farfrae. One day she had heard of the job opportunity with Professor William Dubchick, the great authority on primates, on crustaceans, and in fact on the nature of all life on earth.
These days, of course, most of the action was in molecular biology. Some of Hal's more radical colleagues were inventing fictitious creatures on the computer screen, setting them loose in time, throwing in random variation, and declaring them alive. Hal watched as Professor Dubchick named the Darwin crabs one by one, and explained where they had come from. He was entranced. Like Dubchick he was filled with a sense of their preciousness. Perhaps there had been thousands of freshwater crabs of the species Dilocarcinus pagei cristatus scuttling in the dry holes of the island in the River Parana in Argentina when Darwin was there in 1833, but this was the one his hand had picked up, it was the one that had come home from his fabulous journey.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland As a married couple, the Kellys should have been given a house for the Michaelmas term. But Homer's appointment had been made very late, in an enthusiastic burst of phone calls across the Atlantic. By that time all the faculty houses had been assigned to other people. So instead of a house they had been given a small set of rooms in the Besse Building, right in the middle of Keble College on Liddon Quad. Mary busied herself with unpacking, whistling softly, while Homer collapsed on the bed in a stupor and fell asleep at once.
Dead As a Dodo (A Homer Kelly Mystery) by Jane Langton