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The face on the wall: Homer Kelly Series, Book 13

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Long established as the queen of the New England mystery, Jane Langton threads each fast-selling Homer Kelly adventure with a wonderful sense of place, quirky surprises, thought-provoking themes, and her ever charming trademark line drawings.The Face on the Wall mirrors Langton's own artistic bent. Homer Kelly's hapless niece Annie Swann, an illustrator of children's books, has finally built the house of her dreams, complete with a blank wall thirty-five feet long. This is the perfect place for Annie to begin her masterpiece: a rich and complex painting, thick with fairy stories, honoring her lifelong passion. But again and again--however often she paints it out--there appears on the wall a mysterious, eerie face. When Annie finds her tenants? retarded eight-year-old son dead beneath it, she is sued for all she's worth by his parents, and it becomes a case for Uncle Homer. Can Homer banish the evil from Annie's paradise and save her beloved wall?With The Face on the Wall, Langton once again proves herself to be one of the cleverest, most erudite, and funniest mystery authors writing today.
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Scholar/sleuth Homer Kelly comes to the aid of his artist niece, who's implicated in a death, in this "taut, suspenseful, and absorbing" whodunit (Kirkus Reviews).

Life has not always been fair to Annie Swann. A bad marriage sullied her youth, but since her divorce she has made enough money illustrating children's books to add a wing to her house. The new addition's focal point will be a thirty-five-foot blank wall, where Annie plans an elaborate mural of the fairy tale characters who pay her bills. But as she paints, mysterious markings appear on the mural: first splotches, then a woman's face, ringed with blond hair and covered in blood.

It seems to point to the disappearance of Pearl Small, a Harvard student who took classes from Annie's aunt Mary. As Mary and her husband, professor and ex-cop Homer Kelly, look for Pearl, Annie continues painting, unaware that with each brushstroke, she marks her wall with another layer of evil.

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