The Deserter by Mrs. Jane Langton
Murder at Gettysburg

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Homer and his wife fight to restore the besmirched legacy of a long-dead relativeHomer and Mary Kelly have wandered through Harvard University’s Memorial Hall dozens of times, but never have they lingered over the long list of alumni who died for the Union during the Civil War. One afternoon, the setting sun casts its light on the name of Seth Morgan, Mary’s disgraced great-great-grandfather. She knows little of her ancestor’s life, for family lore holds that he was a deserter, and a blight on the Morgan name. But as she and her husband dig into the dead man’s story, they find something astonishing. The mystery deepens as the story shifts from past to present. Even in 1863 it was difficult to know just what happened on the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg, but no matter what it takes, Homer and Mary will find truth, and restore the honor of a man who died fighting for his country.
 

About Mrs. Jane Langton

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Jane Langton, winner of Bouchercon's Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2000, is the author of sixteen other mysteries, all starring Homer and Mary Kelly. Most are illustrated with drawings of the real places where her fictional events happen. She also writes children's books, notably The Hall Family Chronicles. She lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 256 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alternating present-day sleuthing that pits Mary and Homer against Mary’s distant cousin, an avaricious Civil War groupie, with searing chapters recounting the very pregnant Ida Morgan’s search for her husband—listed on the muster rolls as missing—as she moves from one field hospital to the next,...

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Civil War buffs will especially appreciate Langton's 17th Homer Kelly mystery (after 2002's The Escher Twist), in which the Harvard professor/sleuth and h

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Civil War buffs will especially appreciate Langton's 17th Homer Kelly mystery (after 2002's The Escher Twist), in which the Harvard professor/sleuth and his wife, Mary, plunge into research in an effort to exonerate Seth Morgan, Mary's great-great-grandfather, a Harvard man suspected of desertion...

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Her great-great grandfather Seth Morgan apparently deserted, but though her family refuses to talk about his cowardly behavior, Mary needs to know the truth about Seth.

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