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The Transcendental Murder

Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/30/2013

The Transcendental Murder

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Digital Download ISBN:9781622310524


In an intellectual hamlet in Concord, Massachusetts, century-old love letters give rise to murder.

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Product Description

The citizens of Concord, Massachusetts, never tire of their heritage. For decades, the intellectuals of this little hamlet have continued endless debates about Concord’s favorite sons: Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and their contemporaries. Concord’s latter-day transcendental scholars are a strange bunch, but none is more peculiar than Homer Kelly, an expert on Emerson and on homicide. An old-fashioned murder is about to put both skills to the test.

At a meeting of the town’s intellectuals, Ernest Goss produces a cache of saucy love letters written by the men and women of the transcendentalist sect. Although Homer chortles at the idea that Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson might have had a fling, Goss insists the letters are real. He never gets a chance to prove it. Soon after he is found killed by a musket ball. The past may not be dead, but Goss certainly is.

The Transcendental Murder marks the first appearance for Langston’s amateur sleuth Homer Kelly.


“Perkins smoothly disappears into Langton’s quirky characters, voicing each precisely and memorably, from the booming Homer and the smart, sometimes sassy Mary to the stuttering Teddy Staples and the slyly unpleasant victim. His characterizations underline the genial humor and affectionate regard in which Langton holds the cast. In addition to the cleverly plotted mystery, intriguing details of Concord history and the Transcendentalists fill these pages, with each chapter introduced by a quotation from Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, or Dickinson. Homer and Mary’s courtship may seem a bit dated, but the rest of the tale is timeless, a cozy mystery at its best.”

“Derek Perkins’s narration lends the perfect patrician intonation and textbook cadence to this cozy mystery.”

“I’m not sure I’ve ever read a mystery novel that made such evocative use of its locale . . . informed and delightful.”
      —New York Times

“The sort of old-fashioned mystery that never goes out of style.”
      —Denver Post

“With a plot stemming from Concord’s obsession with its own village history, this is fun, excitingly erudite, and inventively mystifying.”
      —Book Week

Author Bio

Winner of the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award, JANE LANGTON is an acclaimed author of mystery novels and children’s literature. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Langton took degrees in astronomy and art history before she began writing novels, and has set much of her fiction in the tight-knit world of New England academia.

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