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Idealism vs Cold-Blooded Crime
Crime mystery—1st in the Homer Kelly mysteries. This book was written in 1964, and in places sounded a bit dated, but still progressive for the time. Parts of it read like an old Jimmy Stewart movie, complete with boy scouts and church picnics. Homer is a police detective and also a scholar on American Transcendentalism. Mary is a librarian and a lover of early Concord history. Her romanticized view of Concord clashes with Homer’s cynical, academic approach. But they end up comparing notes in order to solve a mystery: the murder of man who claims to have found scandalous letters from the revered Thoreau, Emerson, and even the reclusive Emily Dickenson.