2010: 36. Emily Dickinson is Dead

“After the death of his wife, Owen Kraznik went on living and teaching in Amherst, but his days had become a bewildering fluster, a tangled wilderness, a formless and perplexing dishevelment.”

Emily Dickinson is Dead, Jane Langton

        This one of my favorite books, and I was surprised to find that I hadn’t blogged about it before - I’ve certainly read it countless times.  It was the first Homer Kelly mystery I ever read, and it remains my favorite.  I think I just grabbed it in the store based on the fabulous title, and I was introduced to Homer, our literary detective (part Harvard scholar, part former DA), and his wife Mary (mostly scholar, with some detecting on the side).  This mystery takes place in Amherst, during a symposium dedicated to Amherst’s greatest writer, Ms. Emily herself.  And there are warring scholars, and a mysterious death, and an angry ex-grad student.  And love, and heartbreak, and a literary mystery - could that beautiful portrait really be a long lost photograph of Emily D?

        I just really enjoy this book - it perfectly intersects between the literary and the mystery, and the characters from the wonderful Owen Kraznik to the pitiful Peter Wiggins (who just wants to get out of Pancake Flat Arizona*), all are wonderful.  I’ve read it countless times, and will do so again!

* I think about Pancake Flat, Arizona, all the time.  Whenever I explain why I went into law instead of academia, I mention my fear of ending up in Pancake Flat, Arizona

Date/Place Completed:  March 2010; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-read

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017