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'TIS THE SEASON FOR MYSTERY NOVELS
[NORTH SPORTS FINAL, C Edition]
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Reviewed by Nancy Pate, Orlando Sentinel.
Date: Dec 11, 1995
Start Page: 3
Section: TEMPO
Abstract (Document Summary)

It's not exactly ho-ho-homicide, but there's still something rather merry about Jane Langton's seasonal mystery, "The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels." Always a witty and literate writer, Langton is in especially fine form here as her series sleuth, professor Homer Kelly, is upstaged by his wife, Mary, when murder makes an entrance at Harvard University's annual Christmas Revels.

The first death, though, that of a popular folk singer set to perform in the festival, appears to be an accident. Only Mary seems to notice that Morgan Bailey is pathologically jealous of his wife, Sarah, who's directing the production. But even Mary is sidetracked at rehearsals by a tent city being erected in Harvard Square by Cambridge's homeless.

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